campaign | Corruption & Secrecy | Maine
Collins Continues to Abuse Taxpayer Resources To Promote Reelection Campaign
Last week, in yet another potential violation of Senate ethics rules, Sen. Susan Collins sent an official government staffer to a private GOP fundraising event in Washington County, Maine to implore its attendees to support Collin’s reelection campaign. The potential violation comes after numerous other allegations of ethics violations have dogged Senator Collins and her government work for more than one year.
Accountability | Louisiana
Rispone Holds Fundraiser with Private Education Executive Involved in State Program that Let Him Save $300K on Tax Bill
Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone held a fundraiser Wednesday with a charter-school advocate who participates in a scholarship program that allowed wealthy donors -- including Rispone himself -- to avoid paying taxes.
Secret Service Spends Another $95K on Carts So Trump Can Golf at Course He Owns
The Secret Service spent more than $95,000 this month to rent golf carts for President Donald Trump’s trips to his New Jersey course this summer, raising the total the agency has spent on equipment — from golf carts to generators — for Trump’s trips to his properties to more than $1 million.
Health Care | Virginia
Fact Check: Virginia State Sen. Bryce Reeves Claims to ‘Champion’ Low-Cost Insurance, but His Plan Would Boost Premiums
Virginia state Sen. Bryce Reeves is running Facebook ads claiming he “championed” higher-quality and lower-priced health care legislation, but an analysis showed that his bills would have increased premiums and slashed protections for pre-existing conditions.
Immigration | Montana
Fact Check: Greg Gianforte Falsely Claims ‘Mexicans Are Paying for the Wall’ Through Asset Forfeiture
Rep. Greg Gianforte falsely claimed that the Trump administration’s plan to use $601 million from the Treasury Department’s controversial forfeiture fund for a barrier on the southern border meant that "Mexicans were paying for the wall."
Accountability | Virginia
Records Reveal State Senator Who Lied About Swearing at Officer Also Misled About Driving Lexus
Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase admitted this week she lied about her encounter with a police officer at the Capitol. Records suggest she was also misleading about several other aspects of the run-in, including the kind of car she was driving.
Foreign Policy | Texas
Ignoring Texas Farmers’ Pain, John Cornyn Says There Is Nothing He Can Do About Trump’s Trade Wars
During a stop in Lubbock, Texas, earlier this month, Sen. John Cornyn appeared to dismiss the economic pain the Trump administration’s trade wars have caused to U.S. farmers, saying — incorrectly — there was nothing Congress could do to defuse tensions between Washington and its trading partners.