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Stories with subject: Campaign finance improprieties
  • San Francisco probe leading to entrapment claims 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 5:55 pm
  • SAN FRANCISCO - The FBI used millions of dollars, liquor and cigarettes seized in other cases and more than a dozen undercover operatives in an elaborate, seven-year sting operation targeting a San Francisco Chinatown association thought to be a front for a notorious organized crime syndicate.

  • McAuliffe, Warner donate funds tied to straw donor 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 7:49 pm
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - Gov. Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Sen Mark Warner are donating to charity funds tied to a wealthy hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser who pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations.

  • Hotel magnate, Democratic fundraiser pleads guilty 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:07 pm
  • NEW YORK - A wealthy hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser who supported Hilary Clinton for president pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he secretly funneled more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three unnamed candidates and coached someone to lie about it.

  • Boughton: Refund of Foleys donations not possible 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:47 am
  • NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says he wants to return $750 in contributions in his bid for the Republican nomination for governor from a couple who pleaded guilty in a campaign contribution scandal. But the money has already been spent, Boughton said.

  • 'Shrimp Boy' pleads not guilty in corruption case 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:07 pm
  • SAN FRANCISCO - Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, a central figure in a sweeping San Francisco organized crime and public corruption case, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to money laundering and other charges related to the investigation.

  • Man who disrupted Supreme Court gets time served 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 2:35 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A demonstrator who interrupted arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in February and whose group posted video of the protest online, a first for the court, has been sentenced to time served.

  • Ex-Texas sheriff pleads guilty to federal charge 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 6:52 pm
  • McALLEN, Texas - A former South Texas sheriff whose office has attracted the attention of federal investigators pleaded guilty Monday to money laundering.

  • Cuomo taps Astorino rival for NY elections board 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 4:47 pm
  • ALBANY, New York - Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has picked a former rival of his Republican opponent to serve on New York's Board of Elections, a watchdog group that will play a vital role in the fall elections.

  • Connecticut ex-governor pleads not guilty 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 5:07 pm
  • NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland pleaded not guilty Friday to conspiracy and other federal charges in an alleged pursuit of secret consulting roles with two congressional campaigns.

  • Ellis won't seek re-election after secret video 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 3:19 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican state Senate President Mike Ellis abruptly announced Friday that he would no longer seek re-election, saying the release of a secret video recording of him discussing an illegal campaign scheme was the "tipping point."

  • No bail for Rivera associate in campaign case 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 2:07 pm
  • MIAMI - A federal judge denied bail Friday for an associate of former U.S. Rep. David Rivera in a campaign finance violations case after a prosecutor said the associate used some passport trickery to flee to Nicaragua in the middle of the investigation.

  • San Diego campaign scandal sees second guilty plea 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 8:45 pm
  • SAN DIEGO - A luxury car dealer on Thursday became the second person to plead guilty in a case alleging that a Mexican businessman illegally funneled more than $500,000 to support San Diego politicians, including $120,000 to back former Mayor Bob Filner.

  • Feds take last of NY panel's anti-corruption cases 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 5:09 pm
  • ALBANY, New York - Federal prosecutors are taking the remaining files of New York's anti-corruption commission as the panel shuts down, and they plan to complete the state investigations, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Thursday.

  • Judge's ruling in AG Tom Horne case due next week 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 2:17 pm
  • PHOENIX - An administrative law judge is expected to rule soon on whether Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne illegally coordinated campaign spending with an aide running an independent group during his 2010 campaign.

  • New York corruption commission closing down 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 2:25 pm
  • ALBANY, New York - The special commission appointed last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to investigate political corruption in New York is quietly winding down this week.

  • Lawsuit targets Minn. campaign giving limits 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 12:05 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota campaign finance law that restricts how much candidates can take from certain donors is being challenged in federal court.

  • DiNapoli rejects test of public campaign financing 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 4:11 pm
  • ALBANY, New York - Incumbent New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has rejected public campaign financing for his fall re-election bid, although any opponents can still use it.

  • High court rejects new campaign finance case 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 9:57 am
  • WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to century-old bans on campaign contributions by corporations.

  • Whittemore, feds joust over Supreme Court ruling 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 8:38 pm
  • RENO, Nevada - Federal prosecutors asked a judge on Thursday to order ex-Nevada lobbyist Harvey Whittemore to begin serving his two-year prison sentence for breaking campaign finance laws on the heels of a major U.S. Supreme Court ruling that government lawyers say undermines his appeal before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court.

  • Republicans like campaign money ruling, Dems don't 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 11:38 am
  • WASHINGTON - Republicans call the Supreme Court's latest ruling on campaign donations a victory for free speech. Democrats say it's more like a win for the wealthy.

  • Big donors may give even more under court's ruling 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 9:14 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruling Wednesday erasing a long-standing limit on campaign donations will allow a small number of very wealthy donors to give even more than is currently the case, according to students of the complex campaign finance system, and could strengthen the establishment in both parties.

  • Excerpts of high court campaign finance opinions 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 6:10 pm
  • Excerpts from the opinions of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas, in support of Wednesday's ruling striking down limits in federal law on overall campaign contributions to candidates and political committees, and from the dissenting opinion of Justice Stephen Breyer:

  • Campaign ethics, financing measures in NY budget 
    Updated: Mar-29-14 2:40 pm
  • ALBANY, New York - The state budget negotiated between the Cuomo administration and New York's legislative leaders contains public campaign financing for the statewide comptroller's race.

  • GOP leader thinks he met agent in sting operation 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 7:53 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff said Friday that he believes he unwittingly met with an FBI undercover agent during a meeting set up by Sen. Leland Yee and one of Yee's campaign aides, both of whom now face federal charges.

  • 3 California state senators' legal troubles 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 5:22 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. Legislators voted to suspend all three senators on Friday, though they will continue to receive their salaries. Here is some background about their legal troubles: