Inside the Payoff to Stormy Daniels That May Lead to Trump’s Indictment

Manhattan prosecutors investigating a payout to Stormy Daniels may be poised to make Donald J. Trump the first former president ever to be criminally indicted.

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As a Possible Indictment Looms, Trump’s Team Plans to Attack

If the former president faces criminal charges, his campaign plans to begin a broad offensive against Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney and a Democrat, accusing him of political bias.

#bragg-alvin, #campaign-finance, #clifford-stephanie-1979, #cohen-michael-d-1966, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2024, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

George Santos’s Role in Sale of $19 Million Yacht Attracts F.B.I. Interest

Just before his House election, Mr. Santos helped two of his largest donors reach a private deal on a $19 million boat, mixing his political and personal interests.

#boats-and-boating, #campaign-finance, #devolder-organization, #luxury-goods-and-services, #new-york-state, #santos-george-1988, #united-states-politics-and-government

George Santos Signals Intention to Seek Re-election in 2024

The move by Mr. Santos allows him to continue fund-raising as a prospective candidate and to spend campaign funds.

#campaign-finance, #elections-house-of-representatives, #federal-election-commission, #house-of-representatives, #new-york-state, #santos-george-1988, #united-states-politics-and-government

Michael Cohen Testifies in Grand Jury as Trump Indictment Appears Near

Mr. Cohen, Donald Trump’s onetime fixer, is a key piece of the puzzle in a case centered around a 2016 hush money payment to Stormy Daniels.

#bragg-alvin, #campaign-finance, #clifford-stephanie-1979, #cohen-michael-d-1966, #district-attorneys, #presidential-election-of-2016, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Michael Cohen Expected to Testify Before Grand Jury in Trump Case Today

Mr. Cohen, Donald Trump’s onetime fixer, is a key piece of the puzzle as prosecutors move toward an indictment of the former president.

#bragg-alvin, #campaign-finance, #clifford-stephanie-1979, #cohen-michael-d-1966, #district-attorneys, #presidential-election-of-2016, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Michael Cohen to Testify at Grand Jury as Likely Trump Indictment Looms

Mr. Cohen, Donald J. Trump’s former fixer, is the key witness in a case built around a hush money payment to Stormy Daniels.

#bragg-alvin, #campaign-finance, #clifford-stephanie-1979, #cohen-michael-d-1966, #national-enquirer, #presidential-election-of-2016, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

When Trump Passes the MAGA Hat, His Aides Clutch Their Wallets

Unlike other recent presidents, Donald Trump has rarely received campaign donations from his top advisers. They offer a range of explanations.

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G.O.P. Donors in New York Await a Parade of Presidential Hopefuls

Donald Trump’s support in the city’s wealthy political circles is waning, as 2024 rivals and potential candidates, including Nikki Haley and Mike Pence, make the rounds.

#campaign-finance, #high-net-worth-individuals, #new-york-city, #pence-mike, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youngkin-glenn-a

Trump Spent $10 Million From His PAC on His Legal Bills Last Year

Now that the former president is a declared candidate again, there are questions about whether he can continue using donor funds to pay his lawyers.

#campaign-finance, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #presidential-election-of-2024, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

George Santos and the Case of the Missing $365,000

Representative George Santos’s failure to account for hundreds of thousands of dollars in spending is part of a pattern of irregularities in the way his campaign handled its finances.

#campaign-finance, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #federal-election-commission, #house-of-representatives, #new-york-state, #santos-george-1988, #united-states-politics-and-government, #winred

Koch Network, Aiming to ‘Turn the Page’ on Trump, Will Play in the G.O.P. Primaries

The move by the alliance of conservative donors could provide an enormous boost to a Republican alternative to the former president.

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Nikki Haley Might Challenge Trump in 2024. Other Republicans Aren’t So Eager.

Nikki Haley is expected to join the 2024 race this month, but other G.O.P. contenders are taking a wait-and-see approach. Some anti-Trump Republicans worry that too much dithering could be costly.

#campaign-finance, #conservatism-us-politics, #desantis-ron, #haley-nikki-r, #midterm-elections-2022, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2024, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #scott-timothy-eugene, #trump-donald-j, #youngkin-glenn-a

Trump’s Campaign Fund-Raising in First Weeks of 2024 Race Is Relatively Weak

After announcing presidential runs, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush all raised more per day in their out-of-the-gates fund-raising periods.

#campaign-finance, #midterm-elections-2022, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

George Santos’s Treasurer Has Resigned. So Who’s Handling the Money?

Nancy Marks’s resignation effectively leaves the Santos campaign unable to raise or spend money and in seeming violation of federal rules.

#campaign-finance, #federal-election-commission, #marks-nancy-1965, #santos-george-1988

George Santos Says He Has a New Treasurer. The Treasurer Does Not Agree.

Like much of Representative George Santos’s financial background, the move to replace his longtime treasurer, Nancy Marks, was shrouded in confusion.

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Mystery of George Santos’s $700,000 in Campaign Loans Deepens

In amended campaign finance reports, Mr. Santos seemed to suggest that the loans did not come from his personal funds, as he had originally stated.

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The Mysterious Campaign Fund That Raised Big Money for George Santos

A review of records and newly uncovered documents reveals that efforts to elect George Santos may have run afoul of campaign finance rules.

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NY Lawmakers to Request House Ethics Investigation of George Santos

Two Democrats will file an official complaint about Mr. Santos’s financial disclosures with the House’s bipartisan ethics committee.

#campaign-finance, #corruption-institutional, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #goldman-daniel-s, #house-committee-on-ethics, #house-of-representatives, #new-york-state, #santos-george-1988, #torres-ritchie-1988, #united-states-politics-and-government

The ‘Red Wave’ Washout: How Skewed Polls Fed a False Election Narrative

The errant surveys spooked some candidates into spending more money than necessary, and diverted help from others who otherwise had a fighting chance of winning.

#campaign-finance, #data-for-progress-tides-advocacy-nonprofit, #midterm-elections-2022, #murray-patty, #news-and-news-media, #political-advertising, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

How George Santos’s Campaign Spent Its Funds: Rent, Flights and Hotels

Representative-elect George Santos, under scrutiny after fabricating much of his résumé, also spent campaign funds on $40,000 worth of air travel.

#campaign-finance, #elections-house-of-representatives, #great-neck-ny, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #huntington-ny, #lalota-nicholas, #long-island-ny, #santos-george-1988

George Santos Dodges Questions as Democrats Label Him ‘Unfit to Serve’

Democratic House leaders stopped short of calling for the resignation of Mr. Santos, a Republican, who may have misrepresented himself in his résumé.

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Sam Bankman-Fried and Allies’ Political Donations Under Scrutiny by U.S.

Federal prosecutors appear to be focusing on possible wrongdoing by cryptocurrency executives, rather than by Democratic or Republican politicians. But the inquiries widen an explosive campaign finance scandal.

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Restaurateur, Political Donor, Tipster: The Many Roles of FTX’s Ryan Salame

The co-chief executive of an FTX unit who told regulators about wrongdoing at the exchange was a big Republican donor. He also bought restaurants.

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Prosecutors Charge that FTX Was Engaged in Fraud from the Beginning

A criminal indictment unsealed on Tuesday and a complaint by the S.E.C. describe years of wrongdoing in Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto empire.

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Two Groups Quietly Spent $32 Million Rallying Voters Behind Voting Rights

The money largely went to state and local organizations that often focused on turning out young voters and people of color, including with messages about threats to freedom and democracy.

#arizona, #campaign-finance, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #michigan, #midterm-elections-2022, #project-democracy, #voting-and-voters, #wisconsin

A Times Square Hotel Was Set To Become Affordable Housing. Then the Union Stepped In.

An influential hotel workers’ union is flexing its power at a key moment in the city’s recovery, affecting major projects from casinos to homeless shelters.

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Georgia Senate Race Tops Political Spending in 2022

An astonishing $1.4 billion has been spent on just four races in the state since the beginning of 2020, according to a New York Times analysis.

#campaign-finance, #midterm-elections-2022, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walker-herschel, #warnock-raphael-g

Inside Sam Bankman-Fried’s Quest to Win Friends and Influence People

In just three years, the FTX co-founder built a massive operation to woo politicians, regulators and nonprofits to support his crypto goals.

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How the 2022 Midterms Became a Squeaker

Interviews with more than 70 current and former officials show the outside forces — and miscalculations and infighting — that led to an improbable, still-undecided election.

#actblue, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #democratic-congressional-campaign-committee, #democratic-party, #dunn-anita, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #maloney-sean-patrick, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #mcdaniel-ronna-romney, #midterm-elections-2022, #political-action-committees, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #winred

Ronald Lauder: New York’s Billionaire Political Disrupter

The cosmetics heir has pumped at least $11 million into efforts to elect Representative Lee Zeldin, a Republican, as governor of New York.

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Cuomo, Once New York’s No. 1 Democrat, Is Doing Little to Help His Party

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to financially support like-minded Democrats, but as his party battles to retain power, a promised super PAC has not materialized.

#campaign-finance, #cuomo-andrew-m, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #hochul-kathleen-c, #midterm-elections-2022, #new-york-state, #political-action-committees, #politics-and-government

Fueled by Billionaires, Political Spending Shatters Records Again

In the money race between America’s billionaires and small donors, the emerging political oligarchy is showing staying power. Both parties have megadonors, but Republicans have far more.

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A Group Raised Money to Push Adams’s Agenda. Much of It Went to One Man.

A political action committee has given more money to its founder and his charter school than to candidates aligned with Mayor Eric Adams.

#adams-eric-l, #campaign-finance, #charter-schools, #cockfield-alfred-l-cockfield-ii-rev, #lamad-academy, #new-york-city, #political-action-committees, #striving-for-a-better-new-york

The Price of $5 Donations: Is Small-Dollar Fund-Raising Doing More Harm Than Good?

Tim Miller and Micah Sifry on how grass-roots funding has changed American politics.

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The Democrats’ Last Stand in Wisconsin

With the G.O.P. in control of a majority of statehouses, Democrats are fighting for seats in battleground states. Is it too late?

#campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #midterm-elections-2022, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walker-scott-k, #wisconsin

Governor’s Races Enter Final Sprint on a Scrambled, Surprising Map

Deep-red Oklahoma is in play for Democrats. New York and Oregon are within reach for Republicans. And several swing states have tight races with high stakes on abortion, elections and other issues.

#campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #dixon-tudor, #elections-governors, #governors-us, #grisham-michelle-lujan, #hochul-kathleen-c, #michigan, #midterm-elections-2022, #new-mexico, #oklahoma, #pennsylvania, #republican-party, #ronchetti-mark, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whitmer-gretchen, #zeldin-lee-m

In GOP Ad Wars, Trump Takes an Uncharacteristic Supporting Role

After wielding a bullhorn to shape Republican primaries, the former president has let other groups dominate the airwaves and cover the high cost of commercials.

#campaign-finance, #elections-senate, #midterm-elections-2022, #national-republican-senatorial-committee, #political-action-committees, #political-advertising, #republican-party, #television, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Zeldin Campaign Investigated Over Charge of Coordinating With Super PACs

A State Board of Elections investigation was stalled when two Republican board members were absent from a vote to request subpoena power.

#campaign-finance, #elections-governors, #lauder-ronald-s, #midterm-elections-2022, #new-york-state, #political-action-committees, #politics-and-government, #safe-together-ny-inc, #save-our-state-inc, #subpoenas, #zeldin-lee-m

Black Democrats Say the Party Isn’t Helping Beasley and Demings Enough

As Cheri Beasley and Val Demings run competitive Senate campaigns in North Carolina and Florida, some Black female Democrats say party leaders are leaving them to fend for themselves.

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In Midterm TV Ad Wars, Sticker Shock Costs Republicans

The party is paying far more for TV ads than Democrats on the exact same programs. The reasons are tied to Republicans’ reliance on super PACs.

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Hochul Hits the Road, Even if It Veers From the Campaign Trail

Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York is forgoing retail politics and instead relying on an aggressive ad strategy and staged events that highlight state investments.

#campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #hochul-kathleen-c, #midterm-elections-2022, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #zeldin-lee-m

Leonard Leo Pushed the Courts Right. Now He’s Aiming at American Society.

After leading efforts to put conservatives on the bench, the activist has quietly built a sprawling network and raised huge sums of money to challenge liberal values.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #campaign-finance, #conservatism-us-politics, #corporate-social-responsibility, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #federalist-society, #judicial-crisis-network, #leo-leonard-a, #marble-freedom-trust-nonprofit, #mercer-rebekah-a-1973, #seid-barre, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Leonard Leo’s Network Is Increasingly Powerful. But It Is Not Easy to Define.

The groups in the network spent nearly $504 million on policy and political fights, including grants to about 150 allied groups, between mid-2015 and last year.

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Hochul Outpaces Zeldin in Cash Race, but Super PACs Help His Cause

Gov. Kathy Hochul has used her fund-raising edge to spend more than $1.5 million a week since Labor Day on an aggressive television ad campaign.

#campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #hochul-kathleen-c, #lauder-ronald-s, #midterm-elections-2022, #new-york-state, #political-action-committees, #republican-party, #zeldin-lee-m

Hints of Republican Concern About Unlimited Campaign Cash

Campaign-finance reform is still very much a Democratic project, but there are signs that the winds are starting to shift on the right.

#american-promise, #campaign-finance, #constitutional-amendments, #internal-sub-only-nl, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Doug Mastriano’s Adrift Campaign: No TV Ads, Tiny Crowds, Little Money

As he runs for governor of Pennsylvania, Doug Mastriano is being heavily outspent by his Democratic rival and trails badly in polling. National Republicans show little desire to help him.

#campaign-finance, #elections-governors, #harrisburg-pa, #mastriano-doug, #midterm-elections-2022, #news-and-news-media, #pennsylvania, #political-advertising, #republican-governors-assn, #republican-party, #shapiro-josh-1973, #united-states-politics-and-government

G.O.P. Senate Candidates Race to Close Fund-Raising Gap With Democrats

Their fund-raising dwarfed by their Democratic rivals, Republican nominees including Blake Masters and Mehmet Oz have been in Washington gathering cash from lobbyists.

#campaign-finance, #elections-senate, #laxalt-adam, #masters-blake-1986, #mcconnell-mitch, #midterm-elections-2022, #oz-mehmet-c, #political-action-committees, #political-advertising, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-j-d, #washington-dc

Amid G.O.P. Cash Crunch, One Very Flush Ally May Soon Share the Wealth

Donald J. Trump, sitting on a huge campaign war chest, is eyeing a raft of television ads to help Republican candidates in the midterm elections, people familiar with the talks say.

#campaign-finance, #midterm-elections-2022, #political-action-committees, #political-advertising, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Democratic-Allied Group Pours $60 Million Into State Legislative Races

The group, the States Project, aims to help Democrats in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maine and Nevada, as the left tries to make up lost ground in state legislatures.

#campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #elections-state-legislature, #midterm-elections-2022, #squadron-daniel-l, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #the-states-project, #united-states-politics-and-government