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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign stop at the State Historical Museum of Iowa, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Watchdog files FEC complaint against pro-Sanders nonprofit

Jan. 22, 2020 3:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The watchdog group Common Cause filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, alleging that Our Revolution, a political nonprofit organization founded by Bernie Sanders, violated campaign finance law by accepting donations in excess of federal limits while boosting...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., smiles and waves while seated in front of an audience before the start of a forum broadcast on radio in a New Hampshire Public Radio station, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Sanders distances himself from group backing his WH run

Jan. 19, 2020 5:12 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Bernie Sanders said Sunday that outside political groups that can raise and spend unlimited sums backing candidates for public office should be abolished — including those supporting his own bid for the White House. But the Vermont senator stopped short of directly calling...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign event, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Boone, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Shadow group provides Sanders super PAC support he scorns

Jan. 7, 2020 9:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders says he doesn’t want a super PAC. Instead, he has Our Revolution, a nonprofit political organization he founded that functions much the same as one. Like a super PAC, which is shorthand for super political action committee, Our Revolution can raise unlimited sums...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019 file photo, Israeli border police block the road and disperse Palestinian, Israeli and foreign activists during a rally protesting a newly established settlement near the West Bank village of Kufr Malik, East of Ramallah.   In the occupied West Bank, Israeli troops routinely detain Palestinians who organize or take part in protests. Israel and its international allies have meanwhile passed legislation targeting the Palestinian-led boycott movement. Critics say such measures leave the Palestinians with no choice but to accept permanent military rule or resort to violence.  (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Palestinians face mounting barriers to peaceful protest

Jan. 5, 2020 1:11 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Abdullah Abu Rahma has been arrested by Israeli soldiers eight times in the last 15 years, spending weeks or months in prison and paying tens of thousands of dollars in fines for organizing protests. He's among a growing number of Palestinians who have embraced non-violent means...

In this March 2017, photo, provided by Rep. Kimberly Dudik, Dudik speaks on the floor of the legislature holding her newborn son Marcutio in Helena, Mont. As experts predict another banner year of women running for office, hurdles remain particularly for those like Dudik who have young children. Only six states have laws specifically allowing the use of campaign funds for child care. In most states, including Montana, the law is silent on the issue and up to interpretation by state agencies or boards. (Rep. Nate McConnell/Rep. Kimberly Dudik via AP)

As more women run for office, child care remains a hurdle

Jan. 1, 2020 2:40 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Kimberly Dudik ran for her fourth term in the Montana House, state officials told her she could not use campaign money to pay for child care for her four young children. She is now running for attorney general and is trying to visit a big chunk of the sprawling state, spending...

In this image made from a video, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen gives an annual New Year's statement to the media in Taipei, Taiwan Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (APTN via AP)

Taiwan's Tsai defends Anti-Infiltration Law aimed at China

Jan. 1, 2020 12:54 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China has been relentless in its attempts to influence and infiltrate Taiwan's politics and society but the island's new ban on political interference should have no effect on normal exchanges between the sides, Taiwan's president said in her New Year's address. The Anti-Subversion...

Taiwan's 2020 presidential election candidate Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) speaks during a televised policy debate in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Taiwan will hold its general elections on Jan. 11, 2020. (Pool Photo via AP)

Taiwan passes law targeting Chinese political interference

Dec. 31, 2019 7:32 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's legislature on Tuesday passed a law aimed at blocking political interference from China, less than two weeks before presidential and legislative elections. The approval of the the Anti-Infiltration Law follows accusations that China is strongly backing candidates from the...

Missouri ethics panel says ex-Democratic leader broke law

Dec. 27, 2019 5:10 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Ethics Commission says a former Democratic leader who was an executive for one of the state's most populous counties broke campaign finance laws by using political contributions to pay personal cell phone bills. The Kansas City Star reports that the commission released...

FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, Sen. Joni Ernst speaks to the media with members of Senate Republican leadership after their weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. An outside group founded by top political aides to Ernst has worked closely with the Iowa Republican to raise money and boost her reelection prospects, a degree of overlap that potentially violates the law, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Group backing Iowa's Ernst hit with complaint after AP story

Dec. 19, 2019 8:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An election watchdog filed a complaint Thursday alleging than an outside group founded by top political aides to Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst violated campaign finance law in its effort improve the Republican's chance of reelection next year. The complaint, filed with the Federal Election...

Jury: Lawmaker didn't lie to FBI, hung on 2 other charges

Dec. 10, 2019 7:16 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal jury in western Michigan on Tuesday cleared a Republican state lawmaker of lying to federal authorities but was hung on two other charges against him. Jurors found Rep. Larry Inman not guilty of lying to the FBI but could not reach a verdict on charges of attempted...