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Accountability | Virginia

State Sen. Amanda Chase Says Police Report About Her Profane Exchange with Officer was ‘Partisan’ Hit

By Chad Smith on April 25, 2019.

Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase refuted a Capitol Police report that described an incident in which she profanely castigated an officer over parking last month, suggesting — with no evidence — that it was written with partisan motives.

Accountability | Kentucky

Bevin Goes to Court to Hide Investigations into Sexual-Misconduct Allegations

By Chad Smith on April 24, 2019.

Courts in Kentucky have had to step in recently on three occasions -- two of them this month -- to compel Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration to release records about sexual harassment investigations.

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 re-election 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 | Louisiana

Despite Labeling Himself ‘Outsider,’ Gov. Candidate Eddie Rispone Has Long Been a GOP Insider

By Cole Driver on April 17, 2019.

Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone has painted himself as a "conservative outsider," but campaign-finance records show that he has contributed millions of dollars to Republicans in the past two decades.

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.

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