Latest Campaign finance News

Florida governor candidate Gillum releases some tax returns

Oct. 19, 2018 6:55 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum gave a closer look at his finances on Friday after he released two years' worth of tax returns that show that he and his wife earn more than $200,000 a year. Gillum, who shocked the political establishment with his Democratic...

Democrats eyeing White House flock to Iowa's new star

Oct. 19, 2018 9:04 AM EDT

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Deidre DeJear is Iowa's newest political star — even if she hasn't yet won an election. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who is considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, recently made his inaugural trip to Iowa by headlining a fundraiser for DeJear. Sen....

Pilot gives $1m to McConnell-linked PAC aiding Blackburn

Oct. 19, 2018 6:18 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The gas station chain founded by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's family has donated $1 million to a political committee supporting Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid. Campaign finance reports show Pilot Corporation made the Aug. 28 donation to the Senate Leadership...

Brazil front-runner accused of illegal campaign practices

Oct. 18, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian presidential candidate on Thursday accused his far-right adversary of illegal campaign practices for allegedly allowing friendly businessmen to secretly pay to spread slanderous messages. The accusations by left-leaning Fernando Haddad follow a report published by the newspaper...

Guatemala lawmakers lower penalty for illicit campaign money

Oct. 18, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that dramatically reduces prison sentences for electoral financing crimes, acting as President Jimmy Morales is under suspicion of receiving illicit campaign funds. The measure sailed through on a 93-18 vote on a day when many...

Challenge for indicted Republicans: Win re-election

Oct. 18, 2018 1:08 PM EDT

Winning re-election while indicted is a rare feat in U.S. history. But two Republican congressmen are attempting to do just that in November's midterm elections: Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of New York. After pleading not guilty in August to separate federal charges, both congressmen are...

Judge frees Peru opposition leader Keiko Fujimori

Oct. 18, 2018 2:40 AM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's opposition leader Keiko Fujimori was freed by an appeals judge late Wednesday, a week after she was arrested in an ongoing money laundering investigation. The daughter of former strongman Alberto Fujimori cried as the judge read aloud his ruling Wednesday night. Several critics...

Money talks: Campaigns draw millions in 'outsider' cash

Oct. 18, 2018 12:56 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — It's been eight years since the U.S. Supreme Court declared that political spending is free speech. The decision eased the way for corporations, unions or nonprofits to spend massive amounts to support, or more often, denounce candidates in tight races. Citizens United, as the ruling...

Montana Senate race awash in outside money as Trump returns

Oct. 17, 2018 10:23 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Outside groups and individual donors have poured more than $45 million into Montana's U.S. Senate race as President Donald Trump prepares a third trip to the Big Sky state in his crusade to unseat two-term Democratic Sen. Jon Tester. The contest is on pace to be the most expensive in...

Mexican government shields officials from corruption probe

Oct. 17, 2018 9:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Less than two months before President Enrique Pena Nieto leaves offices, his administration is seeking to shield itself from a corruption investigation that has the potential to sweep up federal officials. The presidency's legal office filed a motion with the Supreme Court seeking to...