Latest Campaign finance News

The Latest: Booker now reserving judgment on Smollett case

Feb. 17, 2019 1:11 PM EST

The Latest on the Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Sen. Cory Booker, who called the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett a "modern-day lynching" after the actor reported it, is withholding judgment on reports alleging Smollett is under investigation for possible involvement in his own...

2020 Dems hit early voting states; Weld explores GOP bid

Feb. 15, 2019 9:33 PM EST

Several Democratic presidential candidates are spending the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail, while a Republican has announced he's creating an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 run. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Kamala Harris of California are visiting early voting states on Friday...

Court filing: Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison

Feb. 15, 2019 8:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges, prosecutors said Friday. Court documents filed by special counsel Robert Mueller's office reveal that Manafort faces possibly the...

In Nigeria, election spectacle at odds with rampant poverty

Feb. 15, 2019 12:21 PM EST

RUGA SETTLEMENT, Nigeria (AP) — It's hard to find a campaign poster in this threadbare settlement on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, where thousands live in makeshift structures of tarpaulin and sticks of timber. From his little grocery shop, 65-year-old Jafar Ali awaits the moment a presidential...

The Latest: House passes border bill, sends to Trump's desk

Feb. 14, 2019 9:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress' border security measure and President Donald Trump (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Hard-fought legislation that gives President Donald Trump 55 additional miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border — well short of what he requested — is on the way to...

Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly's campaign raises $1.1M since launch

Feb. 14, 2019 4:56 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Mark Kelly's campaign for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat in 2020 says it has raised more than $1 million in individual contributions since announcing his candidacy Tuesday morning. The Arizona Republic reports the 54-year-old retired astronaut and Tucson Democrat touted his financial grab...

Klobuchar raises $1M within 48 hours of launching 2020 bid

Feb. 12, 2019 9:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar's campaign says the Democrat raised more than $1 million in the 48 hours after launching her presidential bid. Klobuchar kicked off her candidacy Sunday during a snowy rally in Minneapolis. Her campaign says the money was raised from "online and grassroots...

Court ruling doesn't stop untraceable election spending

Feb. 12, 2019 6:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 outside groups spent over $50 million on "independent expenditure" ads during the closing months of last year's midterm election season. But only about 8 percent of them revealed information about the donors behind the ads, according to a new report. Ever since the Supreme...

Virginia sex allegations are latest against state officials

Feb. 12, 2019 1:13 PM EST

Virginia's lieutenant governor has denied newly publicized allegations that he sexually assaulted two women years ago and has vowed to continue serving in office. It's a scenario that already has played out in several other states, with differing conclusions. At least six other statewide elected officials have...

Board to reconsider campaign funds being used for child care

Feb. 12, 2019 10:05 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Ethics Board is set to reconsider whether candidates for public office can use campaign funds for campaign-related child care. The Advocate reports the board on Friday will hear an appeal of a ruling it made late last year. The appeal was filed by Morgan Lamandre, who...