Latest Campaign finance News

Oregon bill would ban lawmakers from hiring family as aides

Feb. 03, 2023 15:31 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A bill introduced in the Oregon Legislature that would ban lawmakers from hiring family members as aides has sparked a debate about nepotism at the state Capitol. Under current law, public officials are barred from employing relatives unless they declare a...

Extremist Israeli group halts fund-raising effort in US

Feb. 02, 2023 16:35 PM EST

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — An Israeli group that assists Jewish prisoners convicted in some of the country’s most notorious hate crimes has halted its fund-raising efforts through a U.S.-based Jewish charity following an investigation by The Associated Press and the Israeli nonprofit news...

GOP-led panel again defeats campaign finance reform

Feb. 01, 2023 15:37 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Republican-led Virginia House panel voted down legislation early Wednesday that would prohibit lawmakers from using campaign funds for personal expenses such as a vacation, mortgage or country club membership. Virginia’s elected officials are outliers in...

Congressional candidate accused of campaign violation

Jan. 30, 2023 15:02 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican candidate for a western North Carolina congressional seat in 2020 has been accused by federal prosecutors of a campaign finance violation, and she's signed a plea agreement, court records say. Lynda Bennett is charged with willingly and knowingly...

Questions persist on source of George Santos campaign funds

Jan. 25, 2023 20:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Of all the questions swirling around U.S. Rep. George Santos, one of the most serious has been how he amassed the personal fortune he claimed to have used to finance his campaign. The Republican fabulist filed new campaign finance reports this week that only elevated the confusion...

She made history as Chicago mayor. Reelection may be harder

Jan. 21, 2023 21:41 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Lori Lightfoot made history as the first Black woman and first openly gay person to serve as Chicago mayor, sailing to victory four years ago as an outsider who vowed to rid City Hall of corruption and deliver a safer, more equitable city. But her bid for a second...

Braun fundraising points to pricey GOP Indiana governor race

Jan. 03, 2023 17:58 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A few dozen big-money donors have helped Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Braun quickly catch up in fundraising with GOP rivals in the 2024 race for Indiana governor, with his campaign saying Tuesday it has raised about $1.5 million since formally launching his bid just over a month...

Judge won't drop charges for former gubernatorial candidate

Dec. 25, 2022 12:17 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge in Florida has refused to throw out criminal charges against Andrew Gillum, disagreeing with the former Democratic gubernatorial nominee's assertions that he was the victim of selective prosecution because he was a Black candidate for governor. ...

Ethics board dismisses Noem plane case, says law is unclear

Dec. 20, 2022 16:45 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's ethics board on Tuesday dismissed a complaint against Gov. Kristi Noem for using state government aircraft to attend events hosted by political organizations because state law does not define what is meant by “state business.” The three...

Democrats set aside donations from ex-FTX CEO Bankman-Fried

Dec. 16, 2022 16:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The three primary committees charged with electing Democrats said Friday that they would set aside more than $1 million in donations this election cycle from disgraced crypto mogul Samuel Bankman-Fried, who is accused of making tens of millions of dollars in illegal campaign...