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Accountability | Arizona

McSally Didn’t Disclose Employers of Donors Who Have Given Her $2 Million Since 2017

By Chad Smith on April 19, 2019.

Sen. Martha McSally’s last fundraising report did not disclose employment information for 84 different donors who contributed more than $60,000, adding to the $2.1 million reported without such information in the last two years and rehashing an issue from a past campaign that resulted in an audit by the Federal Election Commission.

Accountability | Virginia

State Senator Reported Just 1 Contribution from a Human Being, and He’s Not Even a Constituent

By Chad Smith on April 17, 2019.

A Virginia state senator hauled in more than $44,000 for his reelection efforts in the first quarter of this year, but he reported that only $200 of that — less than 0.5 percent — came from a real, live human being.

Accountability | Louisiana

Despite Labeling Himself ‘Outsider,’ Gov. Candidate Eddie Rispone Has Long Been a GOP Insider

By Cole Driver on April 17, 2019.

Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone has painted himself as a "conservative outsider," but campaign-finance records show that he has contributed millions of dollars to Republicans in the past two decades.

Accountability | Maine

Susan Collins’ Campaign Bankrolled by Bankers, Alt-Right Boosters and Special-Interest PACs

By Chad Smith on April 12, 2019.

Sen. Susan Collins’ campaign motto is “Our Senator.” But after her latest fundraising disclosure, it’s hard to say whose senator she is. Significant chunks of the more than $1.5 million Collins raised this year came from far-right figures like the Mercer family, an inventor who has funded white-supremacist online trolls, bankers and hedge-fund managers, and special interests.

Accountability | Louisiana

Ralph Abraham Touts Endorsements from Controversial Local Officials Accused of Peddling Racist Rhetoric

By Chad Smith on April 11, 2019.

Rep. Ralph Abraham’s campaign for governor of Louisiana is boasting about the endorsements of a local official who caused a stir with a campaign sign evoking the state’s lynching past and a mayor who last week downplayed a racist meme shared by his town's police chief.

Accountability | Virginia

State Senator Attended Fundraiser in Genie Costume That Said ‘Rub Me’ on Lamp Protruding from Crotch

By Cole Driver on April 5, 2019.

Before he was elected to the Virginia state Senate, William R. DeSteph Jr., who is running for reelection in November, attended a Halloween fundraiser for a youth charity dressed as a genie in a lamp, with a large, protruding spout from his crotch like an erect penis. The lamp read, “Rub Me!”

Accountability | New Hampshire

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu Went to Dubai but Didn’t Disclose Everything He Did There

By Chad Smith on April 3, 2019.

At least two of New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu’s activities in February at the World Government Summit in Dubai were not disclosed to the New Hampshire Department of State, as required by law.

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