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Trump inaugural chair: I'm '100% innocent' in lobbying case

Jul. 26, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The chair of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee pleaded not guilty Monday and said he was “100% innocent” of charges that he secretly lobbied the U.S. on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. Tom Barrack, 74, wearing a black...

Trump's sway tested in race for open mid-Ohio US House seat

Jul. 23, 2021 07:45 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The crowded Republican primary for an open U.S. House seat in central Ohio is testing the ongoing political sway of former President Donald Trump as his choice in the race, a longtime coal lobbyist, is competing against candidates backed by other conservative leaders,...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jul. 21, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

Tupelo Daily Journal. July 14, 2021. Editorial: Lawmakers don’t need gifts to pass good laws Mississippi has some of the weakest laws in the nation governing lobbyist spending on lawmakers. There are no limits on how much lobbyists can spend on...

COVID-19 derails Texas Democrats lobbying in Washington

Jul. 20, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers who hightailed it to the nation's capital in a faceoff over voting rights said Tuesday that they're pressing on with their mission to get Democrats in Washington, D.C., to bolster their cause, even as COVID-19 spreads through their ranks. ...

Ducey picks lobbyist, executive to oversee universities

Jul. 19, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed a former longtime Arizona Public Service lobbyist and a retired Microsoft executive to oversee Arizona's three universities. Ducey announced Monday he's picked Jessica Pacheco and Bob Herbold to fill two vacant seats...

A year out, $60M bribery scandal felt in business, politics

Jul. 19, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The arrests one year ago Wednesday of then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in connection with an alleged $60 million bribery scheme have rocked business and politics across the state, and events over the last year suggest a federal probe's...

The long, 'surreal' days of the runaway Texas legislators

Jul. 16, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheltered in a downtown D.C. hotel, the Democratic lawmakers who left Texas to block a restrictive voting bill are living a life of stress and scrutiny. After bolting the state Monday in order to sabotage the bill by denying a quorum in the Texas...

The long, 'surreal' days of the runaway Texas legislators

Jul. 15, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheltered in a downtown D.C. hotel, the Democratic lawmakers who left Texas to block a restrictive voting bill are living a life of stress and scrutiny. After bolting the state Monday in order to sabotage the bill by denying a quorum in the Texas...

Firm gets more time to explain bills for bailout legislation

Jul. 13, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday gave law firm employees another three months to explain in detail the millions of dollars they billed for lobbying and other work on behalf of an electric utility in support of a now-tainted Ohio energy bill. Judge...

Evers reports raising $5 million over first 6 months of 2021

Jul. 12, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' reelection campaign reported Monday that the Democratic incumbent raised $5 million through the first six months of the year and has more than $7 million cash on hand ahead of his bid for a second term. ...