Latest Campaign finance improprieties News

Justices leave in place Montana campaign contribution limits

Jan. 14, 2019 10:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place Montana's limits on contributions to political campaigns. The justices on Monday rejected an appeal from opponents of contribution limits. They wanted the court to review an appellate ruling that held the limits are a reasonable way to try to prevent...

Former Arkansas lawmaker charged in scheme to bribe judge

Jan. 11, 2019 4:54 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas lawmaker has been charged with conspiracy in an alleged bribery scheme with an ex-judge who admitted to lowering a jury's award in a negligence lawsuit in exchange for campaign contributions. A federal indictment unsealed Friday shows former state Sen. Gilbert...

The Latest: Cohen to testify publicly before House panel

Jan. 11, 2019 3:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, agreeing to testify publicly before Congress (all times local): 10 p.m. President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify publicly before a House committee next month in a hearing that could serve as...

Cohen, ex-Trump lawyer, to testify publicly before Congress

Jan. 11, 2019 1:02 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify publicly before a House committee next month in a hearing that could serve as the opening salvo of a promised Democratic effort to scrutinize Trump, his conflicts of interest and his ties to Russia. The House Oversight...

Former lobbyist in Kentucky gets nearly 3 years for bribery

Jan. 10, 2019 3:39 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former Democratic lobbyist convicted of bribing a top official in the Kentucky attorney general's office was sentenced on Thursday to more than 2 ½ years in prison. James Sullivan received two years and nine months and was fined $25,000 by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell....

Crowdfunding pits French police vs. yellow vest protesters

Jan. 10, 2019 1:09 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — As France's yellow vest movement digs in for more protests, weeks of street clashes have produced a competition over which side can raise more money: protesters or police. So far, the police seem to be winning. An online crowdfunding campaign for officers hurt in confrontations with protesters...

Lawmakers unveil new anti-corruption measures

Jan. 8, 2019 4:03 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in New York unveiled new measures Tuesday intended to address chronic corruption problems in a state where 30 lawmakers have left office facing criminal or ethical allegations since 2000. A proposed state constitutional amendment suggested by Sen. Liz Krueger, a Democrat in...

Mayor orders audit of fund controlled by embattled alderman

Jan. 7, 2019 2:43 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered an outside audit of a $100 million-per-year workers' compensation fund that was controlled by a longtime City County member accused of trying to shake down the owners of a major chain of fast-food franchises. The move marked the latest fallout from the...

St. Louis circuit attorney fined over use of campaign money

Jan. 3, 2019 3:39 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis circuit attorney who charged then-Gov. Eric Greitens with two crimes last year was fined $63,009 for campaign finance violations, an agreement published Wednesday shows. Democratic Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, in a statement, blamed clerical errors for the violations and...

The Latest: Pelosi not ruling out impeachment proceedings

Jan. 3, 2019 2:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and the new Congress (all times local): 8:05 a.m. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (puh-LOH'-see) isn't ruling out impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, depending on findings by the special counsel investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016...