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Montana campaign finance disclosure law stays in place

Jun. 2, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a challenge to a Montana law on spending disclosure for political ads within 60 days of elections, eliciting praise from Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. “Time and again, dark money groups have tried to attack Montana’s campaign...

FILE - In this May 19, 2020, file photo, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks with reporters after a Senate Republican weekly luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. Four relatively unknown Iowa Democrats are competing in a primary Tuesday to take on Ernst. The endeavor was once viewed as a long shot. But Ernst’s slip in approval and the rallying of Iowa and national Democrats behind one of the four has the race receiving a second look.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Democrats fight for chance to take on GOP Sen. Ernst in Iowa

Jun. 1, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Four relatively unknown Iowa Democrats are competing in a primary Tuesday to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, an endeavor viewed as a long shot when better-known prospects last year took a pass on running. But Ernst's slip in approval and the rallying of Iowa and national...

Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell stands by a campaign sign, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Westfield, Ind. Mitchell is a candidate for Indiana's 5th Congressional District. More Republican women than ever are seeking House seats this year after the 2018 election further diminished their limited ranks in Congress. But so far it appears that any gains this November could be modest.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

More GOP women seeking office, but winning still in question

May. 31, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — More Republican women than ever are seeking House seats this year thanks to a reenergized recruitment effort after their limited ranks in Congress diminished even further in the 2018 election. But any gains in November could be modest. Many of these roughly 200 candidates are running in...

President Donald Trump listens as Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, speaks during a roundtable with industry executives about reopening country after the coronavirus closures, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump to resume fundraisers next month with COVID-19 checks

May. 29, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will resume in-person fundraisers for his re-election campaign next month with additional precautions for the coronavirus. A Republican National Committee official said Friday that Trump is currently scheduled to hold events on June 11 in Dallas and June 13 in...

Senate candidate Susan Wagle answers a question during a GOP senatorial debate In Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, May 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Wagle decides not to join U.S. Senate race in Kansas

May. 28, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle said Thursday that she will not run for the U.S. Senate, citing “personal and political trials” in the last year for her decision. Wagle announcement also indicated that she would not seek reelection to the Kansas Senate. The filing...

Burgum reaches in his own pockets to fund PAC, campaigns

May. 28, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former software executive and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has shelled out more than $1 million ahead of the state's primary election, with only a fraction of that sum for his own re-election bid, campaign disclosure reports show. The first-term Republican has given $875,000 to a...

Suburban Detroit ex-public works official pleads guilty

May. 28, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A day after his boss was charged, a former suburban public works official pleaded guilty Thursday to extorting builders and contractors to buy tickets to political fundraisers or face consequences. Dino Bucci worked for Anthony Marrocco, who had broad authority over sewer...

Houston businessman gets probation for for illegal donations

May. 28, 2020 8:02 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — An 80-year-old Houston businessman has been sentenced to two years of probation after he pleaded guilty to making illegal political contributions to U.S. congressional candidates. Prosecutors had sought a two-year prison sentence for James Dannenbaum but a judge Wednesday opted for probation...

FILE - In this April 20, 2020, file photo, Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-Dana Point, speaks at the start of an oversight hearing at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Officials stripped Brough, a lame-duck California state lawmaker, of his duties Wednesday, May 27, 2020, after investigators found that he twice sexually harassed women. Brough did not immediately return telephone and emailed messages to his offices. He previously called the claims politically motivated.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

California GOP lawmaker loses duties after harassment found

May. 27, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials removed a lame-duck California state lawmaker from his committee assignments on Wednesday after investigators found that he twice sexually harassed women, including by insinuating that he could help one politically if she went home with him. The state Assembly's...

Nev. elections office reviewing MedMen donation allegations

May. 27, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada secretary of state's office is reviewing allegations made by a former executive of the cannabis company MedMen Enterprises Inc. that the company’s co-founders made illegal campaign donations to Democratic Gov. Steve Sioslak. The allegations made by former MedMen Chief...