Latest Campaign finance improprieties News

Eyman ordered to pay $2.9M for Washington AG's legal costs

Apr. 16, 2021 20:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman must pay almost $2.9 million to cover the legal fees and costs of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s long-running lawsuit against Eyman for campaign finance violations, a Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled Friday. ...

House GOP leader: Won't punish Gaetz unless charges filed

Apr. 15, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Matt Gaetz, under federal investigation for sex trafficking allegations, is “innocent until proven guilty" and Republicans don't plan to punish him unless charges are filed, the House GOP leader said Thursday. House Minority Leader Kevin...

No. 2 House Republican says GOP would act against Gaetz

Apr. 14, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 House Republican leader said Wednesday that party leaders would “take action" against Rep. Matt Gaetz if the Justice Department formally moves against the Florida lawmaker, who is under federal investigation for alleged sex trafficking. ...

Florida GOP senators: Too soon to weigh in on Gaetz's future

Apr. 13, 2021 22:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida's two Republican senators are steering clear of voicing support for Rep. Matt Gaetz, branding sex trafficking accusations against him serious but calling it premature to say what should happen to their fellow Floridian and GOP lawmaker. The...

Wake County won't pursue criminal complaint of Louis DeJoy

Apr. 12, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Wake County’s District Attorney’s Office has decided not to pursue a criminal investigation into allegations that U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy reimbursed former employees for political donations prior to taking up his government post. ...

Former state lawmaker sentenced for misusing campaign funds

Mar. 31, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former Democratic state representative from St. Louis County was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in prison for misusing campaign money for personal expenses. A federal judge in St. Louis also ordered 39-year-old Courtney Curtis to repay nearly...

Ex-lawmaker charged with misusing funds, false records

Mar. 19, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Attorney General's Office has charged a former lawmaker of misusing campaign funds and filing false voter registration and campaign finance records. Prosecutors filed 14 charges this week against Alex Assefa, a Democrat who represented Las...

South Carolina corruption turned over to GOP prosecutor

Mar. 19, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's attorney general has sent four unresolved Statehouse corruption cases to a Republican prosecutor in Spartanburg County to handle. The state Supreme Court ruled in January that a Democratic prosecutor, David Pascoe of Orangeburg,...

Lawyers investigating Cuomo have taken on political figures

Mar. 08, 2021 20:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyers tapped to investigate sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo both have experience handling high-profile cases involving men accused of abusing their power. One of the attorneys, Joon Kim, was a federal prosecutor...

State may pioneer public financing of lower-court campaigns

Mar. 08, 2021 19:03 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico could become the first state to offer public campaign financing to candidates seeking to serve as judges in general jurisdiction courts that handle the bulk of criminal and civil-law trials, under a bill aimed at reducing reliance on private campaign...