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Secret Service Spends Another $95K on Carts So Trump Can Golf at Course He Owns

By Chad Smith on May 17, 2019.

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.

Immigration | Montana

Fact Check: Greg Gianforte Falsely Claims ‘Mexicans Are Paying for the Wall’ Through Asset Forfeiture

By Chad Smith on May 3, 2019.

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

By Chad Smith on May 1, 2019.

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.

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.

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