Latest Campaign finance improprieties News

Ex-lawmaker in Hawaii bribery case donates to campaigns

Aug. 05, 2022 23:24 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The campaign committee of former Hawaii Democratic state Rep. Ty Cullen, who pleaded guilty earlier this year after taking bribes, donated to two candidates for the state House of Representatives last month. State Campaign Spending Commission data says Friends of...

Eyman forced to sell house to pay campaign finance fines

Aug. 05, 2022 16:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Watch salesman turned anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman, who was found liable last year for “numerous and particularly egregious” violations of campaign finance law, has been forced to sell his house to help pay millions of dollars of fines and debt. A...

Ex Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez charged with bribery

Aug. 04, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Former Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez was arrested Thursday on bribery charges linked to the financing of her 2020 campaign, the latest hit to an island with a long history of corruption that brought fresh political upheaval to the U.S. territory. ...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Aug. 03, 2022 14:38 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. July 28, 2022. Editorial: Public campaign financing: A good idea corrupted by big money Gov. Ron DeSantis has nearly $130 million in the bank from private contributors and the Republican Party to help him run for re-election this fall and...

Consultant pleads not guilty in 'ghost candidate' case

Aug. 02, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A political consultant who is accused of helping put a “ghost candidate" on a ballot to siphon off votes from a Democratic candidate in a state Senate race in central Florida pleaded not guilty to election finance-related charges Tuesday during his first court appearance. ...

Suit faults FEC for inaction on Trump's teasing of 2024 run

Jul. 20, 2022 14:22 PM EDT

A pro-Democratic super PAC is accusing the Federal Election Commission of allowing former President Donald Trump “to continue violating the law" by dragging its feet over a complaint concerning Trump's teasing of a future White House bid. In a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday and...

Pair charged with making straw donations to Trump committees

Jul. 18, 2022 19:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Chinese American businesspeople were charged Monday with funneling foreigners’ money into political donations that bought entry to an exclusive dinner with then-President Donald Trump so the duo could impress and swindle Chinese investors. In a complex...

Milwaukee alderwoman removed, enters pleas to misconduct

Jul. 18, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee alderwoman was removed from office Monday after she was convicted in Milwaukee County Circuit Court of two felonies related to her conduct in office. Chantia Lewis pleaded no contest to accepting an illegal campaign finance disbursement and entered a...

Judge refuses to block Alaska campaign disclosure rules

Jul. 14, 2022 23:26 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday denied a request to block campaign finance provisions of a ballot measure approved by Alaska voters in 2020, finding that the plaintiffs had not demonstrated a likelihood of success on their outlined claims. U.S. District Court...

Oklahoma Senate PAC agrees to pay fines to state, dissolve

Jul. 11, 2022 20:34 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An influential political action committee that has helped elect Republicans to the Oklahoma Senate has agreed to dissolve and pay a fine of more than $60,000 to the state after an investigation revealed multiple state campaign finance rule violations. The...