Latest Campaign finance improprieties News

France: Sarkozy denies wrongdoing in campaign funding trial

Jun. 15, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy appeared in court Tuesday, angrily denying wrongdoing during a trial over the allegedly illegal financing of his unsuccessful 2012 re-election bid. Sarkozy, 66, is facing allegations that he spent almost twice the...

Ex-Detroit councilman gets probation for misconduct charge

Jun. 07, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit city councilman was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years of probation after pleading guilty last month to accepting an illegal cash campaign contribution. Gabe Leland, 38, admitted before he was sentenced by Wayne County Circuit Judge Gregory...

National Enquirer owner fined for illegal Trump campaign aid

Jun. 02, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

A federal election watchdog fined the publisher of the National Enquirer $187,500 for squelching the story of a former Playboy model who claimed she'd had an affair with former President Donald Trump. The Federal Election Commission fined A360 Media, formerly known as...

Another lawsuit challenges amended Montana campaign bill

Jun. 02, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Another lawsuit has been filed to challenge a new law that bans voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts on college campuses in Montana and also requires judges to recuse themselves from cases if they have received campaign donations from anyone involved in the...

Gov: Giuliani associates not entitled to raid data for trial

May. 26, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday said they don’t plan to use materials from recent raids on Rudy Giuliani’s home and office at an upcoming trial of two of his associates and another man on charges that they made illegal campaign contributions. Federal...

Feds: Conn. lawmaker committed fraud to get campaign money

May. 25, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

A Connecticut state senator and his former campaign treasurer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal fraud charges alleging they lied to obtain public money to run a 2018 state legislative campaign. Bridgeport Democratic Sen. Dennis Bradley and former school board...

Husband's charges newest woe for Rochester, New York, mayor

May. 20, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

A mayor in upstate New York whose past year has been marred by protests over police brutality and her indictment in a campaign finance case now faces a new crisis: Her husband is charged with being part of a cocaine distribution ring. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren's...

France’s Sarkozy goes on trial over 2012 campaign financing

May. 20, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The trial of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy on charges that his unsuccessful 2012 reelection bid was illegally financed has formally started on Thursday. The scandal had thrown his conservative party into turmoil. Sarkozy, 66, is facing allegations...

State police troopers search Rochester mayor's home

May. 19, 2021 22:53 PM EDT

State police troopers spent several hours searching the home of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren on Wednesday, saying it was part of a criminal investigation but disclosing no details. Troopers closed off the block around Warren's home with police tape and could be seen...

Defense contractor's Senate campaign donations investigated

May. 19, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S authorities are investigating allegations that a Hawaii-based defense contractor illegally donated $150,000 to the reelection fund of a Maine senator who advocated for an $8 million Navy contract with the company, according to court documents unsealed this week. ...