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Sinema Received $1M Haul, Then Killed Tax Hike on Rich Investors

AP: Ariz. Dem saw big influx of cash over last year from private equity firms, hedge fund managers

(Newser) - Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the Arizona Democrat who single-handedly thwarted her party's longtime goal of raising taxes on wealthy investors, received nearly $1 million over the past year from private equity professionals, hedge fund managers, and venture capitalists whose taxes would've increased under the plan, per an AP review...

Giuliani Ally Guilty of Campaign Finance Crimes
Giuliani Ally
Gets 20 Months
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Giuliani Ally Gets 20 Months

Fraud was 'a way of life' for Lev Parnas

(Newser) - Update: Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani who was a figure in former President Donald Trump's first impeachment investigation, was sentenced Wednesday to a year and eight months in prison for fraud and campaign finance crimes by a judge who said fraud had become “a way of...

Clinton Campaign, DNC Fined Over Steele Dossier

FEC found they misreported spending on opposition research as 'legal services'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee will pay for their alleged violation of campaign finance laws related to the infamous Steele dossier. The DNC has been fined $105,000 and the Clinton campaign has been fined $8,000 for not properly disclosing opposition research on...

Igor Fruman Sentenced: 'Shame That Will Live With Me Forever'

Fla. man who helped Giuliani try to get dirt on Joe Biden sentenced to one year in foreign donor case

(Newser) - A Florida man who helped Rudy Giuliani seek damaging information against Joe Biden in Ukraine was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and fined $10,000 Friday in an unrelated campaign finance case. Igor Fruman was told to report to prison March 14, per the AP . He...

Here Are the Big Cases SCOTUS Will Hear This Term

Abortion, gun rights, state secrets are on the docket

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has begun a momentous new term, back in the courtroom after a nearly 19-month absence because of the coronavirus pandemic. Eight of the nine justices took the bench at 10am Monday for the first arguments of the new term. Justice Brett Kavanaugh is participating remotely from his...

Ex-French President Hit With One-Year Prison Sentence

Nicolas Sarkozy found guilty of illegal campaign financing during his 2012 reelection bid

(Newser) - For the first time in modern French history, a former president earlier this year was tried and convicted of corruption and sentenced to jail time. Now, that same president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has a new conviction under his belt, complete with an additional one-year prison sentence after being found guilty Thursday...

Democrats: DeJoy May Have Broken the Law—Twice

He's accused of campaign finance violations, lying under oath

(Newser) - House Democrats are calling for the immediate suspension of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy as they investigate alleged campaign finance violations . The USPS "never should have hired (him) in the first place," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, said late Monday, per the...

Duncan Hunter: 'I Will Resign From Congress'

California Republican says he'll step down 'shortly after the holidays' amid campaign finance scandal

(Newser) - He'd hinted earlier in the week he might step down from his congressional post, and on Friday, Rep. Duncan Hunter made it official. "Shortly after the holidays, I will resign from Congress," the Republican said in a statement, per the Hill . "It has been an honor...

All 4 Men in Probe of Giuliani Associates Are in Custody

They are expected to appear in federal court Thursday

(Newser) - The fourth and final man wanted in a campaign finance case involving Rudy Giuliani associates has been arrested. David Correia, the Florida man who was named in a grand jury indictment along with three other men on campaign finance violation charges, was taken into federal custody Wednesday at New York...

They Helped Giuliani in Ukraine. Now They're in Handcuffs

Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman arrested on campaign finance violations

(Newser) - Two Florida businessmen tied to President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani have been arrested on campaign finance violations resulting from a $325,000 donation to a political action committee supporting Trump's reelection. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman—both involved in the push to get Ukraine to investigate Joe...

Resignation Leaves Election Watchdog in a Pickle

One FEC commissioner resigns, leaving only 3, one short of a quorum

(Newser) - The Federal Election Commission is charged with making sure campaigns abide by the rules when it comes to raising and spending money. But the FEC now has a big problem with a much simpler kind of number: The resignation of one of its commissioners leaves the panel with only three...

Feds: Congressman Spent Campaign Cash on 5 Affairs

More legal woes for Rep. Duncan Hunter

(Newser) - US Rep. Duncan Hunter of California illegally used campaign money to finance romantic flings with lobbyists and congressional aides, spending thousands of dollars on meals, cocktails, and vacations, federal prosecutors say. A government court filing Monday detailed allegations about the married Republican congressman's affairs with five women following an...

Trump Campaign Outraises Top 2 Democrats Combined

Campaign says it was nearly all small donations

(Newser) - President Trump's reelection campaign is set to report that it raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, edging out his top two Democratic rivals combined, according to figures it provided to the AP . The haul brings the campaign's cash on hand to $40.8...

Cohen Hearing Revealed Who the Dems Really Want
Cohen Hearing Revealed
Who the Dems Really Want
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Cohen Hearing Revealed Who the Dems Really Want

And other immediate media reactions

(Newser) - In his congressional testimony Wednesday, Michael Cohen blasted President Trump's character—"racist," "con man" and "cheat" aren't exactly endorsements—but so far the media is focused on Trump's possible law-breaking. The New York Times , Washington Post , and Wall Street Journal are all leading...

'Beyond Surprising': Beto Breaks Fundraising Records

He raises $31.8M in 3 months in tight race against Ted Cruz

(Newser) - Small-dollar donations have been the hallmark of the campaign of US Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, who hasn't accepted PAC money in his attempt to grab Ted Cruz's Texas Senate seat. But like snowflakes that form an avalanche, all those more modest donations have converged to become what...

Giuliani: Trump Knew I Would Talk About Stormy Payment

Analysts say Giuliani might be wrong about Trump not being in campaign finance trouble

(Newser) - President Trump might have reimbursed his lawyer for a hush-money payment to a porn star and then possibly lied about it, but at least he's off the hook for campaign finance violations, according to Rudy Giuliani's startling admission on Sean Hannity's show Wednesday night. Analysts say he...

Giuliani: Trump Repaid Lawyer for Daniels Hush Money

Her lawyer calls it a 'stunning revelation'

(Newser) - President Trump's new lawyer directly contradicted Michael Cohen and the president himself in bombshell remarks on Fox Wednesday night. Rudy Giuliani told Sean Hannity that Trump reimbursed longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen for a $130,000 "hush money" payment to Stormy Daniels, and the arrangement was "perfectly...

Report: Raid on Trump Lawyer Was 'Striking in Its Breadth'

Investigators demanded records on Access Hollywood tape

(Newser) - The FBI raid on the offices of President Trump's personal lawyer was "striking in its breadth," sources say, with investigators demanding records including those relating to Trump's infamous Access Hollywood recording, in which he boasts about grabbing women. The New York Times , citing "three people...

That the FBI Got a Search Warrant for Cohen's Office Is Telling

FBI looking into alleged fraud, sources say

(Newser) - The stunning FBI raid on the offices of President Trump's personal lawyer Monday happened because Michael Cohen is suspected of crimes including bank fraud and campaign finance fraud, insiders say. Sources tell the Washington Post that agents seized documents including Cohen's tax returns in raids on his offices,...

Sarkozy Taken Into Custody Over Alleged Suitcases of Cash

Investigators examining claims he received millions from Moammar Gadhafi's regime

(Newser) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed in custody on Tuesday over allegations he received millions of dollars in illegal financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. A judicial source with direct knowledge of the case tells the AP that Sarkozy is being held at the...

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