Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted for funneling foreign money into US campaigns

Giuliani associate Lev Parnas was convicted on 6 campaign finance-related charges after a high-profile trial. His co-defendant, Andrey Kukushkin, was also found guilty of the two charges against him. Both men were accused of illegally funneling a Russian businessman’s money into US campaigns. Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian business associate of former New York mayor RudyContinue reading “Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted for funneling foreign money into US campaigns”

Nebraska GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry charged with lying to feds hours after he denied crime in YouTube video

A federal grand jury indicted Nebraska Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry on charges of lying to federal investigators and another crime in connection with a probe about illegal campaign donations provided by a foreigner, prosecutors said. The announcement of the indictment in Los Angeles federal court came hours after Fortenberry, in an unusual YouTube video featuringContinue reading “Nebraska GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry charged with lying to feds hours after he denied crime in YouTube video”

FEC threatens Rep. Lauren Boebert with legal action after she made Venmo rent payments from her campaign account

FEC filings detail that Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert used campaign funds to pay rent and utilities via Venmo. Her campaign says she reimbursed all of the $6,650 spent by her campaign and that it was an error. The FEC says Boebert could still face “further legal action” and needs to provide more information. Freshman RepublicanContinue reading “FEC threatens Rep. Lauren Boebert with legal action after she made Venmo rent payments from her campaign account”

Lauren Boebert admits to campaign finance problems: “I under-reported a lot of stuff” to the FEC

Gun-toting Colorado Republican’s 2020 campaign reports spending $2.6 million — which went to just 32 people Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., knows a thing or two about not following rules that apply to her. In light of recent reports of Boebert’s alleged or apparent violations of House ethics rules, an old interview from February reveals just how blatant herContinue reading “Lauren Boebert admits to campaign finance problems: “I under-reported a lot of stuff” to the FEC”

Late Filings Show Tuberville Traded $1 Million in Stocks in First 5 Months in Office

Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) has previously proven he doesn’t quite grasp the concept of some fundamental American principles like the three branches of government and the legal dates of the inauguration. Now he can add questionable stock trading to the list. Federal Election Commission filings show Tuberville bought and sold more than $1 million in securities in hisContinue reading “Late Filings Show Tuberville Traded $1 Million in Stocks in First 5 Months in Office”

The Supreme Court just made Citizens United even worse

It’s a great day for dark money. In its infamous decision in Citizens United v. FEC (2010), the Supreme Court tossed a bone to lawmakers seeking to regulate money in politics. With a few exceptions, Citizens United stripped the government of its power to limit the amount of spending on elections, especially by corporations. But the decision also gaveContinue reading “The Supreme Court just made Citizens United even worse”

Trump-tied ‘dark money’ groups funding Arizona ballot review

Dark money groups tied to former President Donald Trump’s inner circle and backed by people who spread baseless claims about the 2020 presidential election appear to be playing a big role in funding an unprecedented review of 2.1 million ballots in Arizona. Republicans in the Arizona state Senate, which authorized the probe, allocated $150,000 in stateContinue reading “Trump-tied ‘dark money’ groups funding Arizona ballot review”

US House Republicans’ campaign arm to accept crypto donations

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the U.S. House Republicans’ campaign arm, is set to accept donations in cryptocurrency. Axios reported the news on Wednesday, saying that the NRCC has partnered with crypto payments processor BitPay for the initiative. That means crypto donations will be converted into U.S. dollars by BitPay before being deposited in the NRCC’sContinue reading “US House Republicans’ campaign arm to accept crypto donations”

Revealed: rightwing firm posed as leftist group on Facebook to divide Democrats

FEC investigation failed to uncover link to Rally Forge, a firm with close ties to Turning Point USA A digital marketing firm closely linked to the pro-Trump youth group Turning Point USA was responsible for a series of deceptive Facebook ads promoting Green party candidates during the 2018 US midterm elections, the Guardian can reveal. In anContinue reading “Revealed: rightwing firm posed as leftist group on Facebook to divide Democrats”

Democrats on FEC blast decision to drop probe into Trump hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels: ‘Defies reality’

The Federal Election Commission on Thursday dropped its inquiry to determine whether Donald Trump violated campaign finance laws when his personal lawyer paid an adult-film actress $130,000 in the days leading up to the 2016 election. The case stems from allegations that Trump ordered his personal lawyer at the time, Michael Cohen, to make a hush-moneyContinue reading “Democrats on FEC blast decision to drop probe into Trump hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels: ‘Defies reality’”

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