Ethics panel recommends maximum $20,000 fine for sham candidate in Florida Senate race
MIAMI — A state ethics panel has recommended that a no-party candidate be fined $20,000 and formally reprimanded by Gov. Ron DeSantis for violating campaign finance laws, which included accepting money from a Miami Republican operative prior to qualifying to run in a 2020 state Senate race. Alexis Pedro Rodriguez last week reached a settlement with the Florida Commission on Ethics, which found that he had filed inaccurate campaign documents with the state and accepted money from former Republican Sen. Frank Artiles with the understanding that he would change his party affiliation from Republic...
Georgia Democrats accuse Walker of violating campaign finance rules
ATLANTA — Georgia Democrats filed an ethics complaint Wednesday that accuses Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker of improperly benefiting from digital advertisements promoted by U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. The Democratic Party of Georgia’s complaint cites about $3,000 in “excessive and unreported in-kind contributions” to Walker’s campaign when Greene posted three paid Facebook ads in September and October boosting the former football star’s Senate bid. It asks regulators to immediately investigate the “blatant disregard” of federal finance laws. “Because the advertisements expre...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ex-Giuliani pal Lev Parnas found guilty of orchestrating Russia-tied campaign finance scheme
NEW YORK — Ex-Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas was found guilty by a Manhattan jury Friday of violating campaign finance laws during a bumbling bid to launch a weed business and curry favor with then-President Donald Trump and other Republican big shots. Parnas, whose 2019 Ukraine dealings with Giuliani helped trigger Trump’s first impeachment, conspired to illegally funnel $1 million to U.S. politicians he and his business partners thought could help them obtain licenses to sell recreational marijuana. The pot plot amounted to a crime because Paranas and his crew bankrolled it with cash fro...
New York Daily News
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Has Raised $1.1 Million In Donations – Mostly From Corporate Executives
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) has raised more than $1.1 million in campaign funds – but little of the money came from her constituents. Sinema received most of the donations from big names in the pharmaceutical and finance industries. The senator is opposed to President Joe Biden‘s $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill and far-reaching prescription drug pricing proposals. Sinema has received donations from powerful people in the pharmaceutical industry including $3,000 from Gilead’s CEO Daniel O’Day, $2,900 from Eli Lilly CEO David Ricks, $2,900 from Bristol Myers Squibb CEO Giovanni Cofario and...
Pa. Senate candidates filed their latest fundraising reports. Here’s what they show.
PHILADELPHIA — The latest round of fundraising revealed warning signs for some high-profile candidates in Pennsylvania’s critical U.S. Senate race. Democrat Val Arkoosh and Republican Jeff Bartos each saw sharp slowdowns in donations, spent more than they collected from donors, and had to dip into personal funds to beef up their campaign accounts. Republican Carla Sands showed she’s also willing to reach into her own pocket — dropping $3.1 million into her campaign fund — but raised less than $500,000 from supporters during her first three months in the race, when it’s often easiest to raise m...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Giuliani associate Igor Fruman pleads guilty to campaign finance scheme
A Florida businessman who helped Rudy Giuliani dig for political dirt on President Joe Biden pleaded guilty Friday to making illegal campaign contributions to American politicians on behalf of a wealthy Russian cannabis investor. Igor Fruman — who worked with Giuliani on an eyebrow-raising quest in 2019 to find politically compromising material on Biden in Ukraine — admitted in Manhattan Federal Court that he funneled at least $25,000 from the Russian to Democrats and Republicans in hopes of acquiring marijuana distribution licenses in several states. Foreigners are banned from making politica...
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