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Accountability | Maine

Facing Tough Re-Election, Collins Whitewashes Her 94% Voting Record with Trump

By Chad Smith on January 30, 2019.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, refused to endorse President Donald Trump for re-election on Tuesday, part of a pattern of the past two years in which she downplays her support for Trump but ultimately backs his agenda. Collins, who is running for a fifth term in a state Trump lost in 2016, has voted with Trump 94 percent of the time, according to a CQ analysis.

Accountability | Virginia

Virginia State Senator Is Member of Racist, Pro-Trump Facebook Group

By Chad Smith on January 28, 2019.

A Virginia state senator who voted against removing Confederate monuments is a member of a hate-filled conservative Facebook group, an affiliation that has dogged other Republicans in recent months. State Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, who represents a district around Richmond, has been a member of the simply named Facebook group Tea Party since June, even as other politicians faced criticism for their links to the group, where users cheerlead President Donald Trump alongside anti-semitic and racist posts.

Accountability | Iowa

Ernst Keeping Salary During Shutdown Because She’s ‘Working’ As 400,000 Federal Employees Work Without Pay

By Chad Smith on January 24, 2019.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, told constituents Wednesday that she was still taking her salary during the government shutdown because she is “working” during it, as more than 400,000 federal employees are being compelled to work without pay.

Accountability | Louisiana

Abraham Skips Votes to Campaign As Thousands of Louisianans Go Unpaid

By Chad Smith on January 24, 2019.

With the House in session Wednesday looking for a way out of the longest-running government shutdown in U.S. history, Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., was in his home state holding a fundraiser for his gubernatorial run with a campaign donor.

Accountability | Maine

Collins Aide Under Fire for Repeated Ethics Missteps

By Chad Smith on January 23, 2019.

A Senate aide for Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, already facing an ethics complaint over doing political work was quoted on Twitter on Tuesday discussing the senator’s political campaign.

Accountability

Steve King Was Saying Racist Things When Republicans Were Still Endorsing and Feting Him

By Chad Smith on January 17, 2019.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has involved in racist controversies for years, and Republicans in Washington and Des Moines have been with him the whole way — shrugging off his racist and xenophobic remarks or issuing muted criticism when they came at politically inconvenient times. Now, following a narrow re-election win in November, King is under significant fire from his own party for the first time in his 16-year Washington career after defending white supremacy.

Accountability | Colorado

Gardner Holds Fundraiser with Lobbyists As Shutdown Hits Day 26

By Chad Smith on January 16, 2019.

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., held a fundraiser for his re-election campaign at a lobbying firm's Washington office Wednesday as a partial government shutdown that has left some 800,000 federal workers without paychecks entered its 26th day.

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