Latest Campaign finance improprieties News

County executive accused of stealing campaign funds

Dec. 01, 2021 14:58 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York county executive was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he stole $3,500 in campaign funds to pay off his personal debts, Attorney General Letitia James said. Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin, 58, faces a maximum sentence of...

Watchdog files 2nd complaint against Senate hopeful Greitens

Dec. 01, 2021 13:45 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A federal elections watchdog group on Wednesday filed another complaint against former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, alleging that money from his old gubernatorial campaign was illegally spent on kickstarting his campaign to run for retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt's seat. ...

Rochester getting interim mayor as embattled Warren resigns

Dec. 01, 2021 12:08 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said she had “no regrets” as she prepared Wednesday to leave office a month early after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor campaign finance charge. The embattled Democrat agreed in October to cut short her second...

US Rep. Fortenberry alleges prosecutor misled his lawyer

Dec. 01, 2021 12:05 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska has asked a judge to toss out statements he made to federal authorities who were investigating illegal campaign contributions, alleging that a prosecutor misled his lawyer with assurances that the nine-term congressman wasn't their...

Appeals court orders release of some Mueller report passages

Nov. 30, 2021 19:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to disclose certain redacted passages from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation report that relate to individuals who were investigated by prosecutors but not ultimately charged. ...

Michael Cohen ends prison term after Trump-related crimes

Nov. 22, 2021 12:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, who was former President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer until his 2018 arrest, said Monday that his three-year prison sentence — mostly spent in home confinement — was over as he took another swipe at his former boss and vowed to continue...

Senate confirms Biden's nominee for US Attorney for Arizona

Nov. 19, 2021 19:21 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Joe Biden's choice to be the top federal law enforcement officer in Arizona. Gary M. Restaino was confirmed as the United States Attorney for Arizona on Friday. He has been a federal prosecutor in Arizona since 2003...

SD Democratic Party pays fine for finance violations

Nov. 19, 2021 18:14 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Democratic Party said Friday it has paid a $40,000 penalty and rid its accounts of $2,500 in contributions for campaign finance violations during the 2016 presidential election. The party said the payment would settle the...

Donor to Lt. Gov. Benjamin accused of illegal contributions

Nov. 19, 2021 15:26 PM EST

A real estate developer has been indicted on federal charges that he orchestrated illegal campaign contributions that helped Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin receive public election financing during the Democrat's losing bid to be elected New York City comptroller. Gerald Migdol...

Churchill Downs picked to build western Indiana casino

Nov. 18, 2021 12:51 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The company that runs the Kentucky Derby has been picked to take over the stalled project to build a casino in the western Indiana city of Terre Haute. Indiana Gaming Commission members voted Wednesday in favor of Louisville, Kentucky-based Churchill...