Tag: Campaign Finance

The Eight Counts of Impeachment That Trump Deserves

During Watergate, the House Judiciary Committee considered five articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon — and voted down two of them. During the impeachment of Bill Clinton, the House voted on four articles — and rejected two. That history serves as a reminder that impeachment is not a neat process. It’s a chance for Congress […]

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As Candidates Jostle for Position, a Long Race May Become a Marathon

MASON CITY, Iowa — With just under two months until the Iowa caucuses, the already-volatile Democratic presidential race has grown even more unsettled, setting the stage for a marathon nominating contest between the party’s moderate and liberal factions. Pete Buttigieg’s surge, Bernie Sanders’s revival, Elizabeth Warren’s struggles and the exit of Kamala Harris have upended […]

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Indictment Details How Emirates Sought Influence in 2016 Campaign

The donors referred to their campaign contributions as baked goods, usually “baklava.” They called Hillary Clinton “Our Sister” or “the Big Lady.” And they referred to their ultimate sponsor by the initials H.H., for His Highness, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, one of the Pentagon’s closest partners in the Middle […]

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Prominent Political Donors Charged in Campaign Finance Scheme

An influential political power broker who was a witness named in the Mueller report was among eight people charged with conspiring to conceal the source of excessive contributions to groups supporting Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday. Prosecutors say George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman who was a cooperating witness in […]

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Duncan Hunter’s Guilty Plea: What You Need to Know

SAN DIEGO — Representative Duncan D. Hunter, Republican of California, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy to violate federal campaign finance laws. The guilty plea threatened to end what had once been seen as a promising career in conservative politics. Mr. Hunter, who had insisted for more than a year that the charges against him […]

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New Charges ‘Likely’ in Case Against Giuliani Associates

Additional charges are likely in the criminal case against two longtime associates of President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, a federal prosecutor said Monday. The associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were arrested in October and charged with concealing the source of political donations in order to advance their own business interests and the […]

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Duncan Hunter Will Plead Guilty to Misuse of Campaign Funds

Representative Duncan Hunter of California is expected to plead guilty to allegations that he misused campaign funds, according to a federal court docket published on Monday and an interview he gave with a San Diego television station. Mr. Hunter is accused of spending more than $200,000 on personal expenses. The indictment, which was released last […]

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Real Estate Thought It Was Invincible in New York. It Wasn’t.

This was the year that New York bit back against big real estate. First, a slate of Democratic candidates declared that they would not take money from real estate developers. They swept into state office last fall, displacing incumbents who were friendly to the industry. Then in February, Queens officials, bucking the mayor and governor, […]

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Julián Castro, in Plan to End Hunger, Warns Against Neglecting the Poor

One week after he was left off the Democratic debate stage for the first time this primary season, Julián Castro called for broad expansions to federal food programs, including free breakfast and lunch for all public school students, saying the country had a “moral obligation” to make sure children have enough to eat. “The right […]

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Democrats’ Plan Will Suppress Third Parties in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — For years, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and some Democratic leaders have had an antagonistic relationship with the left-leaning Working Families Party, a labor-backed group whose increasing influence and independence have only widened the divide. So when Mr. Cuomo and state leaders decided this year to expand a public campaign financing commission’s authority […]

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The Media’s Irrational Obsession With Campaign War Chests

Political reporters will do almost anything to avoid making a judgment call. That’s why they revel in seemingly objective truths like poll numbers and fund-raising reports, often taking as gospel the boast of bygone Republican Phil Gramm: “I have the most reliable friend you can have in American politics, and that’s ready money.” In reality, […]

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Campaigns Say Google Ad Policy Sidesteps Problem of Disinformation

Google’s new restrictions on political advertising, following an outright ban on such ads by Twitter, amount to a one-two punch on 2020 campaigns: The online platforms are creating a big new headache for them, while failing to address a different problem they fear most. The decision to limit campaigns from targeting users based on political […]

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Why We’re Impeaching Our Student Body President Over Trump Jr.

On Oct. 10, Donald Trump Jr. and the former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle gave a speech at the University of Florida for $50,000 at the invitation of our student body president, Michael Murphy. Students protested, and normally that would have been the end of the story. Instead, last week, a group of other student […]

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Prosecutors Subpoena Trump Fund-Raisers Linked to Giuliani Associates

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in Manhattan issued subpoenas in recent weeks to several players in President Trump’s fund-raising apparatus as part of an investigation into two associates of Rudolph W. Giuliani who have been charged with violating campaign finance laws, according to people familiar with the investigation. The subpoenas went to a lobbying firm run […]

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Bloomberg Will Spend $100 Million on Anti-Trump Online Ad Blitz

Michael R. Bloomberg still has not declared whether he is running for president in 2020. He is about to become the single biggest spender in the presidential race anyway. Ahead of a potential campaign announcement, Mr. Bloomberg, the billionaire businessman and former mayor of New York City, is beginning a $100 million digital campaign designed […]

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Multiple Lawmakers Under Investigation Over Ethical Misconduct

WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee announced on Thursday that it was investigating whether Representative Alcee L. Hastings, Democrat of Florida, violated House rules by having a personal relationship with a member of his staff or accepting inappropriate gifts. Mr. Hastings has made no secret of his relationship with an employee in his congressional office, telling […]

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Don’t Let Party Hacks Hijack Election Reform

In the coming weeks, New York could adopt a strong system of public financing of elections and help bring good government to Albany. Or it could set up an incumbent-protection racket. Guess which way things are leaning? The long fight for public financing in New York State got a big break this year, after Gov. […]

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Sanders to Spend More Than $30 Million on Advertising in Early States

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders’s campaign plans to spend more than $30 million on TV advertising alone in the first four presidential nominating states and California, according to several people familiar with the strategy, a financial show of force that also suggests he needs to reach outside the traditional sphere of Democratic primary voters and caucusgoers […]

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The Political Corruption Legalized by the Supreme Court

When discussing corruption in the Trump era, it’s easy to focus on the most flagrant examples. The Trump Organization announced last week that it plans to sell its infamous D.C. hotel, which gave businesses and foreign governments seeking the White House’s favor a high-profile mechanism to funnel cash into the Trump family’s coffers. Subtlety has […]

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On Ukraine, Trump Is a Con Man, but He’s Also a Mark

Kenneth McCallion is a New York lawyer who once represented former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko of Ukraine. A few years ago, he brought a civil racketeering lawsuit on her behalf against some now familiar figures like Paul Manafort and the Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash. He knows a lot about corruption in Ukraine, and he said […]

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A Conservative Push to Make Trans Kids and School Sports the Next Battleground in the Culture War

ARLINGTON, Va. — From the 12th floor of a glass office tower in the Washington suburbs, a campaign to sway the governor’s race in Kentucky on Tuesday is being waged with an alarmist claim that has little to do with the race itself: If Democrats have their way, soon boys will be able to compete […]

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Biden’s Super PAC Buddy Has a Paul Manafort Problem

Earlier this week, Joe Biden’s campaign, struggling on the polling and fundraising fronts alike, finally dropped its reservations about relying on super PACs for support. The details of the new Unite the Country PAC, both in terms of reach and fundraising efforts, remain scant; a bland ad for the PAC featured little more than stock […]

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Amazon’s Cash Complicates Seattle’s Bold Plan to Limit Corporate Influence

SEATTLE — In 2015, Seattle voters approved a plan to foil corporate political contributions, creating “democracy vouchers” that allow residents to assign public campaign funds to local candidates of their choice. With the goal of amplifying the voices of regular people and diluting the influence of powerful donors, the voucher program has since drawn the […]

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