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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 | 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 | 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.

Education

Betsy DeVos Brags About Giving to the Special Olympics, but Her Charity Has Only Donated 0.006% of the $17.6M She Wants to Cut

By Chad Smith on March 28, 2019.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this week defended the Trump administration’s effort to wipe out the $17.6 million in federal funding for the Special Olympics, telling congressional panels the nonprofit should depend on the private sector and contributions from wealthy patrons like herself. But the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which doles out tens of millions of dollars to her and her husband’s favorite causes, has given just $1,000 (or 0.006 percent of the funding she wants to cut) to the Special Olympics of Michigan since 2001, according to its filings with the IRS.

Health Care | Louisiana

Steve Scalise Stays Quiet on Ralph Abraham’s Remark That Medicaid Recipients ‘Vote for a Living’

By Chad Smith on March 26, 2019.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise took a fellow Republican to task last week for saying his constituents sat idly waiting for the government’s help after Hurricane Katrina, but he’s been mum on a fellow Louisianan’s characterization of Medicaid recipients as lazy people who vote in order to stay on the dole. Rep. Ralph Abraham, a third-term Republican now running for governor, was recorded last week telling donors at a fundraiser that Medicaid recipients were “voting for a living instead of working.”

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