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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.

Corruption & Secrecy | Arizona

McSally Embraced Trump, but Not His Pledge to ‘Drain the Swamp’

By Chad Smith on October 18, 2018.

Since Donald Trump was elected, Rep. Martha McSally has voted to protect Trump and his political appointees from scrutiny while obstructing efforts to overturn Citizens United and stop the flow of dark money into politics, a review of her voting record showed. McSally, R-Ariz., now running for an open Senate seat, has even boasted that she votes with Trump more than any other Arizonan in Congress.

Corruption & Secrecy | California

Hunter’s Taxpayer-Funded Spokesman Asks GOP Activists to Back Indicted Congressman

By Chad Smith on September 21, 2018.

The spokesman for Rep. Duncan Hunter told a group of GOP activists they should support the indicted congressman despite the risk that he “vacates the seat” -- either by criminal conviction or forced resignation -- in order to make it easier to keep the district in Republican hands.

Corruption & Secrecy | California

Dismissing Russia Investigation, Rohrabacher Charges U.S. with Election Interference, Too: ‘We Meddle in Theirs, They Meddle in Ours’

By Chad Smith on August 31, 2018.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher doesn’t see anything special about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.