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Stories with subject: Campaign finance improprieties
  • Utah businessman accused of fraud rejects plea deal 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 3:58 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - Businessman Jeremy Johnson, a key witness in the criminal cases against two former Utah attorneys general, rejected a plea deal Tuesday that federal prosecutors offered in a wide-ranging fraud case.

  • Prosecutors: Feds interfere with Utah attorneys general case 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 8:41 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - Two state prosecutors said their federal counterparts are interfering in criminal cases against two former Utah attorneys general by pursuing an illegal campaign contribution case against a key witness.

  • Lawmakers' calendars list meetings with undercover agents 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 8:18 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - The appointment books of two disgraced state lawmakers appear to corroborate allegations that they met with undercover FBI agents at steakhouses and a lobbyist's office, according to documents released Tuesday by the California Legislature.

  • FEC sues Utah businessman over donations to 2 US senators 
    Updated: Jun-20-15 7:33 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - The Federal Election Commission is suing a Utah businessman, saying he made $170,000 in illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Sens. Harry Reid of Nevada and Mike Lee of Utah and former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff in 2009 and 2010.

  • As budget showdown looms, corruption probe quietly ends 
    Updated: Jun-20-15 10:53 am

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - As Pennsylvania lawmakers brace for the annual clash over how to spend billions of taxpayer dollars, the final chapter in a starker government drama is quietly playing out in the state prison system.

  • Lawsuit challenges Ky. ban on corporate political donations 
    Updated: Jun-18-15 5:37 pm

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Kentucky's ban on corporate contributions to political parties and state and local candidates was challenged in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by a group promoting a right-to-work agenda staunchly opposed by organized labor.

  • Danforth criticizes high court decision on campaign finance 
    Updated: Jun-18-15 3:26 pm

    INDEPENDENCE, Missouri - Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth says the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision on campaign financing has damaged the U.S. political system.

  • New Mexico AG wants more 'transparency' in campaign finance 
    Updated: Jun-17-15 6:54 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said Wednesday he wants to increase transparency and accountability in the state's campaign finance reporting process.

  • Lawmaker accused of mishandling campaign cash told to resign 
    Updated: Jun-15-15 2:44 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - Utah House Democrats have called for Rep. Justin J. Miller to step down due to accusations that he mishandled tens of thousands of dollars while running the county mayor's campaign.

  • GOP operative sentenced to 2 years for illegal coordination 
    Updated: Jun-12-15 11:19 am

    ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - A Republican political operative has been sentenced to two years in prison for illegally funneling campaign contributions from a super PAC he secretly ran to a congressional campaign he was managing.

  • GOP operative sentenced to 2 years for illegal coordination 
    Updated: Jun-12-15 11:05 am

    ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - A Republican political operative has been sentenced to two years in prison for illegally funneling campaign contributions from a Super PAC he secretly ran to a congressional campaign he was managing.

  • Most Miss. incumbents ahead of challengers in fundraising 
    Updated: Jun-11-15 5:38 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - Most of Mississippi's statewide elected officials are raising and spending more campaign cash than their challengers, according to finance reports filed before a Wednesday deadline.

  • Groups seek private investigator's report on Las Vegas Sands 
    Updated: Jun-10-15 5:11 pm

    LAS VEGAS - A news organization and nonprofit group want a Nevada judge to unseal a private investigator's report that they say may tie casino company Las Vegas Sands Corp. to organized crime in Asia.

  • Loose laws give NY candidates few limits on credit cards story has photos
    Updated: Jun-06-15 1:08 pm

    ALBANY, New York - New York state lawmakers and candidates have used campaign donations to pay for car repairs, gasoline, events at polo clubs, criminal defense attorneys and hundreds of thousands of dollars in credit card bills, many of them un-itemized, an Associated Press review of 10 years of campaign finance reports found.

  • Buono faces campaign violation charges 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 2:39 pm

    TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey's campaign law enforcement agency says former Democratic candidate for governor and state Sen. Barbara Buono violated state law by failing to establish separate committees in 2013.

  • Correction: Campaign Finance Lawsuit story 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 12:22 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - In a story May 27 about a legal challenge to state limits on some campaign donations, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the Legislature repealed a law limiting the amount of money state candidates can take from lobbyists, political funds and big donors. The limits were dropped only for big donors.