Lev Parnas, Ex-Giuliani Associate, Sentenced to 20 Months

Lev Parnas, a Soviet-born businessman, tried to use campaign donations funneled from Russia to advance a cannabis business.

#campaign-finance, #frauds-and-swindling, #fruman-igor, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #gucciardo-charles-s, #laxalt-adam, #marijuana, #muraviev-andrey, #oetken-j-paul, #parnas-lev, #russia, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Nancy Pelosi’s Napa: Wealthy Friends and a Husband’s Porsche Crash

An accident shines a light on the House speaker’s California life among the vineyards.

#campaign-finance, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #high-net-worth-individuals, #napa-calif, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-heights-san-francisco-calif, #parties-social, #pelosi-nancy, #pelosi-paul, #real-estate-commercial, #san-francisco-calif, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #united-states-politics-and-government

Who Is Financing Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ Caucus? Corporations You Know.

The flow of corporate money to politicians who voted to overturn the 2020 election is helping fund a continuing attack on our democracy.

#biggs-andy-1958, #campaign-finance, #citizens-for-responsibility-and-ethics-in-washington, #corporate-social-responsibility, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #house-of-representatives, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #toyota-motor-corp, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Jan. 6 Panel Puts Trump Fund-Raising Tactics Under Scrutiny

Questions about misleading donors with claims of election fraud are one facet of the committee’s examination of the former president’s ongoing, aggressive solicitations.

#campaign-finance, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

Just 5 Months Into His Term, Adams Is Busy Raising Money to Win Another

The mayor has kicked off a cross-country fund-raising blitz for re-election, taking his tour to Chicago and Beverly Hills, even as he confronts major challenges in New York City.

#adams-eric-l, #campaign-finance, #elections-mayors, #new-york-city

Colorado to Examine Lauren Boebert’s Mileage Claims and Tax Liens

The state’s attorney general has referred for review a fraud complaint from the group that targeted Representative Madison Cawthorn, in a sign of trouble for the first-term congresswoman.

#boebert-lauren, #campaign-finance, #colorado, #elections-house-of-representatives, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

Jumaane Williams Owns the Left Lane. Why Hasn’t His Campaign Taken Off?

Mr. Williams, whose candidacy for New York governor was celebrated by progressives, has not gained much momentum and is far behind in fund-raising.

#campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #primaries-and-caucuses, #williams-jumaane-d

N.Y. Governor Candidates Flood the Airwaves With $20 Million in Ads

With the June 28 primary fast approaching, candidates for governor are spending big to get their message out to voters.

#campaign-finance, #cuomo-andrew-m, #elections-governors, #hochul-kathleen-c, #new-york-state, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #politics-and-government, #suozzi-thomas-r, #wilson-harry-j, #zeldin-lee-m

Supreme Court Rules for Ted Cruz in Campaign Finance Case

The Texas senator challenged a federal law that put a $250,000 cap on repayments of candidates’ loans to their campaigns using postelection contributions.

#campaign-finance, #corruption-institutional, #cruz-ted, #federal-election-commission, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Little Red Boxes Making a Mockery of Campaign Finance Laws

Democratic candidates are all-but scripting ads for super PACs and dark-money groups to do their bidding — in plain sight.

#campaign-finance, #cisneros-jessica, #cuellar-henry, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #flynn-carrick, #lamb-conor-j-1984, #political-action-committees, #political-advertising, #united-states-politics-and-government

Sam Bankman-Fried, Crypto Billionaire, Wants Washington to Follow His Lead

Sam Bankman-Fried is a studiously disheveled billionaire who made a fortune overseeing trades that are too risky for the U.S. market. Now he wants Washington to follow his lead.

#baha-mar-nassau-bahamas-hotel, #bankman-fried-sam, #bitcoin-currency, #campaign-finance, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #flynn-carrick, #hk-ftx-trading-ltd-futures-exchange, #philanthropy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #singer-peter-1946, #virtual-currency

U.K. Donor Said to Have Funneled Russian Money to Tories

The cash was part of a fund-raising blitz that helped propel Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s party to victory in 2019. Records track $630,225 to a Russian bank account.

#barclays-plc, #campaign-finance, #conservative-party-great-britain, #crimea-ukraine, #ehud-sheleg, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #money-laundering, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sergei-kopytov

As Marine Le Pen Moves Closer to French Presidency, Putin Ties Persist

As elections approach Sunday, the far-right candidate is linked to the Russian president by a web of financial ties and a history of support that has hardly dimmed despite the war in Ukraine.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #crimea-ukraine, #defense-and-military-forces, #elections, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #european-union, #france, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #marine-le-pen, #mediapart, #national-front-france, #national-rally-france, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

David McCormick’s Financial Disclosures in Senate Race Reveal His Wealth

The Republican Senate candidate’s financial disclosure statement depicts a wealthy man comfortable walking the halls of power.

#campaign-finance, #elections-governors, #elections-senate, #herbster-charles-w, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mccormick-david-h-1965, #political-advertising, #politics-and-government, #powell-dina, #primaries-and-caucuses, #united-states-politics-and-government

Democratic Dollars Flow Once Again to Likely Lost Causes

New fund-raising figures show emerging Democratic stars like Marcus Flowers in Georgia and Gary Chambers Jr. in Louisiana, with no clear path to victory.

#campaign-finance, #cawthorn-madison, #democratic-party, #georgia, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #kennedy-john-neely, #louisiana, #midterm-elections-2022, #north-carolina, #ojeda-richard-1970, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #warnock-raphael-g

Brian Benjamin’s Bribery Defense: He Got ‘No Personal Benefits’

The case against Brian Benjamin, who resigned as New York’s second-in-command last week, may hinge on whether political contributions in this case constituted a bribe.

#albany-ny, #benjamin-brian-a-1976, #berke-barry-h, #campaign-finance, #corruption-institutional, #elections-governors, #elections-lieutenant-governors, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #hochul-kathleen-c, #migdol-gerald, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government

Trump as a Modern-Day Party Boss: Hoarding Cash and Doling Out Favors

Hoarding cash, doling out favors and seeking to crush rivals, the former president is dominating the G.O.P., preparing for another race and helping loyalists oust officials who thwarted his attempted subversion of the 2020 election.

#campaign-finance, #endorsements, #mar-a-lago-palm-beach-fla, #midterm-elections-2022, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Mar-a-Lago Machine: Trump as a Modern-Day Party Boss

Hoarding cash, doling out favors and seeking to crush rivals, the former president is dominating the G.O.P., preparing for another race and helping loyalists oust officials who thwarted his attempted subversion of the 2020 election.

#campaign-finance, #endorsements, #mar-a-lago-palm-beach-fla, #midterm-elections-2022, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

The Deep-Pocketed Developer Who Helped Take Down the Lieutenant Governor

Gerald Migdol, a Harlem developer, became the linchpin in a federal investigation that led to the indictment and resignation of Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin.

#benjamin-brian-a-1976, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #campaign-finance, #content-type-personal-profile, #corruption-institutional, #friends-of-public-school-harlem, #friends-of-public-school-harlem-inc, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #migdol-gerald, #new-york-city, #philanthropy

Mark Zuckerberg Ends Election Grants

A spokesman for the Facebook founder said the money sent to election offices in 2020 was a “one-time donation.” The grants prompted Republicans to push for bans on private donations for elections.

#absentee-voting, #campaign-finance, #center-for-technology-and-civic-life, #chan-priscilla, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #facebook-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Lt. Gov. Benjamin Resigns Following Campaign Finance Indictment

Brian A. Benjamin, New York’s second in command to Gov. Kathy Hochul, was charged with bribery, fraud and falsification of records while a state senator.

#benjamin-brian-a-1976, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #campaign-finance, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #frauds-and-swindling, #migdol-gerald, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government

Lt. Gov. Benjamin Arrested in Campaign Finance Scheme

Brian A. Benjamin, New York’s No. 2 official to Gov. Kathy Hochul, will face a federal charge that he conspired to commit bribery while a state senator.

#benjamin-brian-a-1976, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #campaign-finance, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #frauds-and-swindling, #migdol-gerald, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government

Donations Steered to Trump Super PAC by Canadian Are Found to Be Illegal

The Federal Election Commission fined a Canadian steel billionaire, Barry Zekelman, $975,000 in the case, one of the biggest penalties it has ever assessed.

#campaign-finance, #campaign-legal-center, #federal-election-commission, #political-action-committees, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weintraub-ellen-l, #zekelman-barry

Wealthy G.O.P. Donors Form Secret Coalitions to Wield More Influence

Eager to offset a Democratic advantage among so-called dark money groups, wealthy pro-Trump conservatives like Peter Thiel are involved in efforts to wield greater influence outside the traditional party machinery.

#campaign-finance, #conservatism-us-politics, #mar-a-lago-palm-beach-fla, #mercer-rebekah-a-1973, #midterm-elections-2022, #political-action-committees, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #project-democracy, #republican-party, #thiel-peter-a, #trump-donald-j

Democrats Agree to Pay $113,000 Over Campaign Spending Inquiry

Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party described payments to a law firm that commissioned scrutiny of Trump-Russia ties — leading to the Steele dossier — as legal services, not opposition research.

#campaign-finance, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #democratic-national-committee, #federal-election-commission, #fines-penalties, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #steele-christopher-1964, #trump-donald-j

A Democratic Super PAC’s Ad Buy Shows a Widening Battle for House Control

The Democrats’ House Majority PAC is spending nearly $102 million to reserve advertising time in 51 media markets, staking out a broad battlefield for the coming midterm elections.

#campaign-finance, #congressional-leadership-fund, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-majority-pac, #political-action-committees, #political-advertising, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #united-states-politics-and-government

Lt. Gov. Benjamin Is Focus of Federal Inquiry Into Campaign Fraud

Prosecutors are examining whether Brian Benjamin, New York’s second-highest state official, participated in a plan to boost his campaign fund with fraudulent donations.

#benjamin-brian-a-1976, #campaign-finance, #frauds-and-swindling, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #migdol-gerald, #new-york-state

Jeff Fortenberry Resigns After Being Found Guilty of Lying to F.B.I.

Representative Jeff Fortenberry announced he would leave his seat at the end of the month, just days after he was convicted on charges of lying to investigators about an illegal campaign donation.

#campaign-finance, #fortenberry-jeffrey-l-1960, #justice-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

Nebraska Congressman Convicted in Campaign Finance Case

Representative Jeff Fortenberry was accused of lying to F.B.I. agents investigating illegal foreign donations.

#campaign-finance, #chagoury-gilbert-r, #elections-house-of-representatives, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fortenberry-jeffrey-l-1960, #justice-department, #nebraska, #united-states-politics-and-government

Russian Mogul Is Charged With Donating Illegally to U.S. Campaigns

Andrey Muraviev was indicted on charges of making donations as a foreign national to boost licensing decisions for a marijuana business.

#campaign-finance, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #justice-department, #manhattan-nyc

Democratic Group Says Trump Is Breaking Campaign Law by Not Declaring for 2024

The complaint to the Federal Election Commission accuses Donald Trump of improperly using his existing political committees to advance a presidential run.

#american-bridge-co, #campaign-finance, #federal-election-commission, #presidential-election-of-2024, #trump-donald-j

How Billionaires Are Shaping France’s Presidential Campaign

In a nation with strict political finance laws, control over the news media has provided an avenue for the very rich to influence elections, this one more than ever.

#bertelsmann-ag, #bouygues, #campaign-finance, #canal-plus, #cnews-canal-plus-sa, #elections, #fox-entertainment-group-inc, #france, #lagardere-publishing, #lvmh-moet-hennessy-louis-vuitton-sa, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #media, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #politics-and-government, #radio, #television, #tf1-group, #vivendi

The 2 Political Operatives at the Center of a New Jersey Murder Mystery

As Sean Caddle has now admitted, sinister plots were more than just idle fantasy to him.

#africa-bomani, #caddle-sean, #campaign-finance, #codey-richard-j, #galdieri-michael-d-2014, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-jersey, #political-action-committees

Guess Who’s Back on the Line

Hint: He likes you almost as much as he does Putin.

#campaign-finance, #contests-and-prizes, #e-mail, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #trump-donald-j-jr, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘Dark Money’ Suddenly Dominates Australia’s Election

Chinese financing, unreported donations, payouts from coal barons: The new political season is shining an unaccustomed light on a culture of opacity.

#australia, #campaign-finance, #corruption-institutional, #dutton-peter-c, #elections, #labor-party-australia, #liberal-party-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government

Peter Thiel, the Right’s Would-Be Kingmaker

Peter Thiel, one of Donald J. Trump’s biggest donors in 2016, has re-emerged as a prime financier of the Make America Great Again movement.

#campaign-finance, #conservatism-us-politics, #conspiracy-theories, #content-type-personal-profile, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #masters-blake-1986, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #political-action-committees, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2016, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #thiel-peter-a, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-j-d, #venture-capital

Donald Trump Wants Your Money

Trump had his hand out 266 times in January.

#campaign-finance, #e-mail, #elections-governors, #elections-senate, #fetterman-john-1969, #orourke-beto, #our-journey-together-book, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Republicans Who Voted to Impeach Trump Out-Raised Primary Rivals

Despite their pariah status in their party, House Republicans who broke with the former president have raised more than their G.O.P. foes.

#campaign-finance, #cheney-liz, #conservatism-us-politics, #elections-house-of-representatives, #hageman-harriet, #herrera-beutler-jaime, #house-of-representatives, #impeachment, #midterm-elections-2022, #murkowski-lisa, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #rice-tom-1957, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #tshibaka-kelly, #united-states-politics-and-government

Billionaires and Big Checks Shape 2022 Midterm Elections Battle

The party committees for Democrats and Republicans each raised about $400 million in 2021, with control of the House and Senate up for grabs in 2022.

#campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #midterm-elections-2022, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

Billionaires and Big Checks Shape Battle for Congress

The party committees for Democrats and Republicans each raised about $400 million in 2021, with control of the House and Senate up for grabs in 2022.

#campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #midterm-elections-2022, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

Trump Announces Entering 2022 With $122 Million in the Bank

The former president said his overall war chest so far stood at $122 million — more than double the cash on hand of the Republican National Committee.

#campaign-finance, #federal-election-commission, #midterm-elections-2022, #trump-donald-j

The Democrats’ Use of Dark Money: Is It Hypocritical?

Readers justify the use of such money to level the playing field while the Democrats try to change the rules. Also: Trump’s rally; the Spotify dustup; LED lights.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #campaign-finance, #cancel-culture, #democratic-party, #electric-light-bulbs, #epilepsy, #light-emitting-diodes, #mitchell-joni, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #spotify, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #young-neil

Democrats Decried Dark Money in Politics, but Used It to Defeat Trump

A New York Times analysis reveals how the left outdid the right at raising and spending millions from undisclosed donors to defeat Donald Trump and win power in Washington.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #dark-money, #democratic-party, #elections, #political-advertising, #republican-party, #sixteen-thirty-fund, #super-pacs, #trump-donald-j, #voting-and-voters

Should Addiction Be Viewed as a Disease?

Responses to an essay by a doctor that argued that it shouldn’t. Also: Conservatives and climate change; political donations; the Covid Olympics; shooting hoops.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #basketball, #campaign-finance, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #global-warming, #mental-health-and-disorders, #olympic-games-2012, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

Igor Fruman, Former Giuliani Associate, Is Sentenced to One Year in Prison

Mr. Fruman was at the center of a campaign to damage then-President Donald J. Trump’s rivals, but was brought down by campaign finance charges.

#america-first-action, #belarus, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #fruman-igor, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #laxalt-adam, #manhattan-nyc, #parnas-lev, #presidential-election-of-2020, #shokin-viktor, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yovanovitch-marie-l

Supreme Court Seems Ready to Back Ted Cruz on Campaign Finance

Mr. Cruz challenged a federal law that caps repayments of loans from candidates to their campaigns from postelection contributions.

#campaign-finance, #cruz-ted, #senate, #supreme-court-us

Cuomo Has $16 Million in Campaign Cash and No Campaign. What Now?

The former governor still has a big war chest even as he faces large legal bills.

#campaign-finance, #cuomo-andrew-m, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #glavin-rita-marie, #james-letitia, #legal-profession, #new-york-state, #sexual-harassment

Hochul Outpaces Foes by Raising a Record-High $21.6 Million for Campaign

The fund-raising haul positions Gov. Kathy Hochul, who leads her rivals in polls, as a prohibitive favorite to win her first full term as governor of New York in November.

#campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #hochul-kathleen-c, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #primaries-and-caucuses, #suozzi-thomas-r, #williams-jumaane-d, #zeldin-lee-m

Companies Donated Millions to Those Who Voted to Overturn Biden’s Win

One year after the Capitol riot, many businesses resumed corporate donations to lawmakers who voted against certifying the 2020 election.

#campaign-finance, #citizens-for-responsibility-and-ethics-in-washington, #corporations, #midterm-elections-2022, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

As Midterms and 2024 Loom, Trump Political Operation Revs Up

The former president is set to headline an event at Mar-a-Lago next month for endorsed candidates and major donors to benefit a supportive super PAC.

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