Latest Campaign finance improprieties 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...

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...

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...

German parliament fines far-right party for PR firm donation

Apr. 16, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament has fined the far-right Alternative for Germany party more than 400,000 euros ($452,200) for accepting illegal campaign donations. The Bundestag said in a statement on Tuesday that two senior party members received free advertising from a public relations firm based in...

Georgia ethics director to subpoena Abrams campaign records

Apr. 12, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The new director of Georgia's state ethics commission said he plans to subpoena bank records from Democrat Stacey Abrams' nationally watched but unsuccessful 2018 campaign for governor. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that David Emadi, just days into his new posting, said Thursday...

Indictment claims charity money went to Missouri politicians

Apr. 12, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials at a Missouri nonprofit organization accused of bribing Arkansas lawmakers also illegally used the charity's money to funnel campaign contributions to Missouri politicians, according to a federal indictment. Three former Republican Missouri lawmakers confirmed Friday to...

Michael Cohen's usefulness to prosecutors may be drying up

Apr. 9, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As Michael Cohen seeks another reprieve from his three-year prison sentence, there are mounting indications his usefulness to federal prosecutors is drying up. Several prosecutors assigned to his campaign-finance violation case in New York have moved on to other jobs, and authorities...

North Carolina GOP chair, major donor charged with bribery

Apr. 2, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chairman of North Carolina's Republican Party, an insurance magnate and two of his associates are facing federal charges for a plan to shower the state's top insurance regulator with campaign contributions to ensure special business treatment, a criminal indictment unsealed Tuesday...

Second ex-aide to former Texas congressman gets prison term

Apr. 2, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A second ex-aide to disgraced former Texas Congressman Steve Stockman is following his boss to prison over a scam to spend charitable donations on personal and campaign costs. Federal prosecutors in Houston say Jason Posey of Tupelo, Mississippi, was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months and...