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Commission to release public campaign funds, despite typo

Aug. 16, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's ethics commission says it will release up to $3 million in public campaign funds for one gubernatorial candidate and over 200 legislative candidates. The commission voted 3-1 Thursday to release the money held up by a typo in a budget law. Republican Gov. Paul LePage's...

Commissioner recuses herself from solar farm case

Aug. 16, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico public regulation commissioner has recused herself from a case involving a solar company that was a major campaign contributor to her re-election campaign. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy filed a notice last week that she won't take part in...

Inside a super PAC that spends on everything but winning

Aug. 16, 2018 12:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two billionaire mega donors poured $1.25 million into a super PAC that was supposed to supercharge Chris McDaniel's insurgent bid to be Mississippi's next Republican senator. A year later, much of the money from Illinois shipping supply CEO Richard Uihlein and New York financier...

The Latest: Democratic attorney to challenge Duffy

Aug. 15, 2018 12:58 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin's primary election (all times local): 12 a.m. A Balsam Lake attorney has won the Democratic nomination for a congressional seat northern Wisconsin. Margaret Engebretson defeated Marshfield doctor Brian Ewert in Tuesday's primary in the 7th Congressional...

Ex-Trump aides often find a soft landing for staying quiet

Aug. 15, 2018 12:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. And, perhaps, your potential leakers closer yet. President Donald Trump's political operation has made a regular practice of providing soft landing-pads for discarded staffers, offering nebulous jobs at big salaries to aides who have been...

The Latest: Radinovich wins Minnesota Democrat House primary

Aug. 14, 2018 11:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Former state Rep. Joe Radinovich has won a crowded Democratic primary to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan in a northeastern Minnesota swing district. Radinovich defeated Rep. Jason...

California lawmakers advance bill to boost leaders' power

Aug. 14, 2018 8:41 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bill to let legislative leaders raise and spend more money to help their preferred candidates, despite opposition from open-government groups. The bill would let leaders in the Legislature operate fundraising committees governed like...

Gov. Baker releasing first TV ad of his re-election campaign

Aug. 14, 2018 7:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has released the first television ad of his re-election campaign. The 30-second spot is light on specifics, with Baker saying Massachusetts had the highest graduation rate last year, the lowest dropout rate and is creating "more jobs than ever before." The ad...

No leaks: Cushy job offers for discarded Trump staffers

Aug. 14, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. And, perhaps, your potential leakers closer yet. President Donald Trump's political operation has made a regular practice of providing soft landing-pads for discarded staffers, offering nebulous jobs at big salaries to aides who have been...

Lawyer: Candidates should get public funds despite typo

Aug. 14, 2018 12:11 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A lawyer says a typo in a state budget shouldn't hold up over $3 million in public campaign funds owed to 100 legislative candidates. Maine Public reports Maine Citizens for Clean Elections lawyer John Brautigam plans to make that argument Thursday in front of state ethics...