Latest Campaign finance improprieties News

Macron says he's not main focus of campaign accounts probe

Nov. 25, 2022 11:47 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday denied that he was the main focus of a judicial investigation into suspected illegal financing of electoral campaigns in 2017 and 2022. The comments come after leading French newspaper Le Parisien first reported on the probe...

French prosecutors probe alleged illegal election financing

Nov. 24, 2022 13:16 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French national financial prosecutors said Thursday they have opened an investigation into suspected illegal financing of electoral campaigns in 2017 and 2022. A leading French newspaper reported that the probe targets President Emmanuel Macron’s winning election bids. ...

Ex-Tennessee lawmaker pleads guilty to campaign cash scheme

Nov. 22, 2022 18:39 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee state senator accused of violating federal campaign finance laws pleaded guilty to two charges on Tuesday after initially calling the case against him a political witch hunt. Former Republican state Sen. Brian Kelsey, who previously...

Eroding trust in US elections taxes state investigators

Nov. 04, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As complaints about elections, many of them unfounded, pile up around the country, investigators tasked with dealing with them find themselves on the front line of defending the integrity of America’s system for choosing local, state and national leaders. In...

California sheriff found guilty of corruption

Nov. 03, 2022 19:42 PM EDT

A special civil jury in Northern California found a former longtime sheriff guilty on all six counts of corruption and willful misconduct in a case involving the issuing of concealed-carry weapons permits in exchange for campaign donations. Laurie Smith resigned from her post as...

Pastor investigated for campaigning during church services

Oct. 29, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia pastor who is running for a City Council seat is being investigated by local authorities for allegedly campaigning and soliciting donations during church services. The Daily Press reports that a video surfaced recently showing Willard Maxwell...

Judge orders Meta to pay $10.5M in legal fees to Washington

Oct. 28, 2022 20:56 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Facebook parent company Meta has been ordered to pay $10.5 million in legal fees to Washington state atop a nearly $25 million fine for repeated and intentional violations of campaign finance disclosure laws. King County Superior Court Judge Douglass North issued the...

Tennessee senator to change plea in campaign fraud case

Oct. 27, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee senator accused of violating federal campaign finance laws requested a hearing Thursday to change his not guilty plea after initially criticizing the charges as a political witch hunt. Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey is asking the federal court to...

Meta fined $24.7M for campaign finance disclosure violations

Oct. 26, 2022 22:04 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state judge on Wednesday fined Facebook parent company Meta nearly $25 million for repeatedly and intentionally violating campaign finance disclosure law, in what is believed to be the largest campaign finance penalty in U.S. history. The penalty issued...

Prosecutors ask to drop charges against Arkansas ex-senator

Oct. 21, 2022 09:47 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to dismiss wire fraud and bribery charges against a former Arkansas state senator who was set to face trial next month for a second time after a jury deadlocked last year. Gilbert Baker, who also served as a former...