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Corruption & Secrecy | Maine

FEC Reports Suggest Collins Violated Ethics Rules By Accepting Campaign Contributions From Her Government Staff

By Cole Driver on August 1, 2019.

As recently as January 2019, Sen. Susan Collins’ campaign accepted illegal contributions from her own government staffers in an apparent violation of Senate ethics rules and federal law. The actions undermine decades-old promises to cease the illicit activities of her campaign in the late 90s.

According to reporting by The Hill from 1998, Sen. Susan Collins’ campaign violated Sec. 603 of the Federal criminal code, which states that it is illegal for a Member of Congress to accept political contributions, including an “advance of money,” from employees in their federal offices even if it is promptly reimbursed. Her chief of staff, Steve Abbott responded to the allegations from The Hill by vowing that this illegal practice would not continue. He also thanked the outlet for bringing the law to his attention, which he said the campaign was “not familiar” with.

Corruption & Secrecy | Kentucky

Healthcare Executives Funneled Campaign Cash to Bevin After His Admin Helped Fund Their New Office Headquarters

By Cole Driver on July 31, 2019.

Top executives of healthcare corporation, BrightSpring -- formerly known as Rescare and PharmMerica -- donated tens of thousands to Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s political campaign a year after Bevin’s administration approved a $500,000 state grant to help fund construction of the organization’s lavish new office headquarters.

According to a review of public filings by American Ledger, the donations from BrightSpring executives, made in February and March 2019, came just two months after BrightSpring opened the doors of it’s brand new office headquarters in Louisville.

Corruption & Secrecy

Secret Service Paid for Mar-a-Lago Party Rentals Days Before Agents Forced to Work Without Pay

By Chad Smith on January 4, 2019.

Days before Secret Service agents were forced to work without pay during the partial government shutdown, the agency paid more than $95,000 to rent generators, light towers and tents for a $1,000-per-ticket party at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

Corruption & Secrecy | Arizona

Kyl to Resign From Senate 3 Days Before Financial Disclosure Filing Deadline

By Chad Smith on December 14, 2018.

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., announced today he will resign from his appointed seat on Dec. 31, three days before the former lobbyist is required to file financial-disclosure paperwork.

Corruption & Secrecy

Trump’s Foreign Income Soared Since Taking Office

By Chad Smith on December 7, 2018.

President Donald Trump’s domestic businesses -- his golf courses, hotels, even his ice rink in Central Park -- have hemorrhaged money during his term, while his income from foreign projects in countries like India, Canada and Uruguay soared. The pattern is sounding alarm bells with both ethics experts and political observers who see the falling domestic revenue as a sign of Trump's increasing unpopularity ahead of an election year.

Corruption & Secrecy

Cohen Plea Lends Further Proof to Steele Dossier

By Chad Smith on November 30, 2018.

President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to Congress about his work on a Trump business project in Russia, an admission that corroborated parts of the infamous dossier that detailed a conspiracy between the Kremlin and Trump’s campaign.

Corruption & Secrecy | Mississippi

Hyde-Smith Pushes Livestock Legislation Despite Conflict of Interest

By Chad Smith on November 19, 2018.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., is a cattle farmer by trade, and she is hoping that playing up her agricultural background in a rural state will pay off in next week’s special election runoff. But in her elected roles, it was the other way around, as she used her political offices -- first as state senator, then state agriculture commissioner and now as U.S. senator -- to boost her ag interests and supporters in the industry, according to a review of her financial disclosures and the legislative record.

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