Latest Campaign finance News

Ex-mayor in federal pay-to-play scheme faces sentencing

Apr. 24, 2019 6:07 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Pennsylvania mayor convicted of exchanging public works contracts for campaign contributions is set to be sentenced as part of a federal pay-to-play investigation that led to raids of two city halls a week apart. Vaughn Spencer, the Democratic mayor of Reading from 2012 until...

Castro's sluggish 2020 start tests strategy for high office

Apr. 24, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Julián Castro's run for president followed a fast rise in the Democratic Party: a big-city Latino mayor of San Antonio at age 34, an Obama Cabinet member and a contender for Hillary Clinton's running mate in 2016. But signs of an upward trajectory have been hard to spot in his...

Pete Buttigieg scrambles to turn 2020 buzz into momentum

Apr. 22, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — There are no policy positions on his website. He has virtually no paid presence in the states that matter most. And his campaign manager is a high school friend with no experience in presidential politics. This is the upstart campaign of Pete Buttigieg , the 37-year-old Indiana...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, AG spread untruths on Mueller report

Apr. 22, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is still distorting the truth about the Russia investigation , claiming exoneration from a special counsel's report that he is also assailing as hopelessly biased. Confronted with unflattering details in the report about his monthslong effort to undermine federal...

Biden expected to launch presidential campaign next week

Apr. 19, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to join the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field next week. The decision answers one of the most significant outstanding questions of the early presidential primary season, which has already seen announcements from 18 other Democrats....

Georgia Sen. Perdue's campaign fined $30,000 for violations

Apr. 19, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The campaign of U.S. Sen. David Perdue paid a $30,000 fine to federal regulators for violations discovered in the Georgia Republican's fundraising reports from the 2014 election. The civil penalty to the Federal Election Commission was disclosed Monday in Perdue's campaign finance...

Tennessee bill would double Senate campaign donation limits

Apr. 19, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee senators have voted to double several campaign contribution limits. The Senate voted Thursday for Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey's bill. It still needs House approval. Currently, a Senate candidate can receive $1,600 from an individual and $12,300 from one political action...

National Enquirer being sold to former newsstand mogul

Apr. 18, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Enquirer is being sold to the former head of the airport newsstand company Hudson News following a rocky year in which the tabloid was accused of burying stories that could have hurt Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Tabloid owner American Media said Thursday it plans...

Where the Trump investigations stand after Mueller

Apr. 18, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report outlined Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. But Mueller did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government, and he made no conclusion on the question of whether...

Asian stocks sink after Wall Street declines

Apr. 18, 2019 12:36 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks fell Thursday after Wall Street declined despite encouraging Chinese economic data. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong all retreated. Sydney was little-changed. U.S. stocks fell despite data showing growth in China's gross domestic product held steady in the...