Latest Campaign finance improprieties News

An ambassador fired: What to watch on Day 2 of impeachment

Nov. 15, 2019 10:20 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An ambassador, her firing and a pair of fixers. Those details stand at the center of Marie Yovanovitch’s story, a personal ordeal she is describing to Americans and the world Friday as part of the Democrat-driven impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. What led to the...

Justice department investigating Florida GOP congressman

Nov. 14, 2019 9:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee says the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Florida Rep. Ross Spano over accusations of campaign finance violations. The panel announced Thursday that it’s deferring its own the review of allegations against Spano at the justice...

Texas judged suspended following fraud charges

Nov. 13, 2019 4:54 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas judge has been suspended after being indicted in October on federal fraud charges for allegedly spending campaign money on personal expenses. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct removed Judge Alexandra Smoots-Thomas from the bench Tuesday pending the resolution of her criminal...

Texas judge accused of misspending $25,000 in campaign funds

Nov. 8, 2019 5:07 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas judge is facing fraud charges for allegedly spending campaign money on personal expenses. Prosecutors say Harris County Judge Alexandra Smoots-Thomas misused nearly $25,000 in campaign funds between January 2016 and March 2017. The indictment unsealed Friday shows she spent that...

House Ethics panel investigating Trahan's campaign finances

Nov. 5, 2019 4:42 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A congressional committee is investigating U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan's campaign spending. The U.S. House Committee on Ethics said Monday it hopes to complete its investigation by Dec. 17. The Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent agency that reviews House misconduct allegations, turned...

Alabama official pleads guilty to misusing campaign funds

Nov. 5, 2019 7:37 AM EST

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama county commissioner who pleaded guilty to charges he spent campaign contributions on personal expenses will remain on the commission. News outlets report state prosecutors initially charged Morgan County District 3 Commissioner Don Stisher with a felony for violating the...

Lawyer: Giuliani associate willing to speak to Congress

Nov. 4, 2019 6:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Soviet-born associate of Rudy Giuliani charged with federal campaign finances is now prepared to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry involving President Donald Trump, reversing course from an earlier position, his attorney said Monday. Lev Parnas, accused of using foreign money to...

The Latest: Giuliani associate will cooperate with inquiry

Nov. 4, 2019 6:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local): 6:15 p.m. An associate of Rudy Giuliani who is charged with federal campaign finance violations is willing to cooperate with Congress in its impeachment inquiry. That's according to an attorney for...

Impeachment inquiry: How we got here and where we're going

Nov. 4, 2019 12:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The words from one president to another, somewhat casual in tone, were not casual at all in meaning: "I would like you to do us a favor, though." Those words have now prompted deployment of the ultimate political weapon, an impeachment process enshrined in the Constitution as a means...

How 'do us a favor' led to Trump impeachment inquiry

Nov. 2, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The words from one president to another, somewhat casual in tone, were not casual at all in meaning: "I would like you to do us a favor, though." Those words have now prompted deployment of the ultimate political weapon, an impeachment process enshrined in the Constitution as a means...