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Accountability | Mississippi

Top Hyde-Smith Aide Called Out Trump’s Lack of Substance and ‘Hateful’ Rhetoric

By Chad Smith on November 15, 2018.

A top campaign official for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has been highly critical of Donald Trump’s style and substance, or lack thereof, illustrating the struggle for some Republicans — even in a conservative bastion like Mississippi — to embrace the man who now defines their party.

Accountability | Mississippi

In State with Bloodiest Lynching History, Hyde-Smith Says She Would Attend ‘Public Hanging’

By Chad Smith on November 13, 2018.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., who represents the state with the highest number of lynchings during the Jim Crow era, said earlier this month that she would be more than happy to attend a “public hanging” if a prominent supporter invited her.

Accountability | Washington

McMorris Rodgers Won’t Condemn High-Profile Supporter Whose Manifesto Calls for Religious Killing

By Chad Smith on November 5, 2018.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has refused to condemn a prominent supporter even after he admitted to writing and spreading an extremist manifesto that called on fellow conservative Christians to “kill all males” of groups who refused to follow biblical law.

Accountability | Texas

Shady Trump Donors Maxed Out Contributions to One Candidate: Pete Sessions

By Chad Smith on November 5, 2018.

Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, is the only congressional candidate who has received donations from both of the Ukraine-linked businessmen who were accused of illegally laundering $300,000 to a pro-Trump super PAC, according to campaign-finance records.

Accountability | Kansas

Yoder Spent $150K on Booze, Parties in Washington

By Chad Smith on November 4, 2018.

Since 2011, Rep. Kevin Yoder's leadership PAC has spent more than $150,000 on parties, baseball games and dinners for his friends and donors in Washington, an analysis of campaign-finance reports showed.

Accountability | Tennessee

Major Donor to Blackburn Accused in Migrant Toddler’s Death

By Chad Smith on November 4, 2018.

Since reports of migrant children being separated from adults at the border sparked outrage this year, Rep. Marsha Blackburn dug in, defending President Donald Trump’s heated rhetoric about a caravan of Central Americans and has taken thousands of dollars from a company accused of negligence in the death of a migrant toddler who had been held in a detention facility.

Accountability | Virginia

House Candidate Runs on Local Business Record, Even As He Looks to Relocate Out of State

By Chad Smith on November 3, 2018.

A Virginia Republican running for Congress on his business record claimed his plans to expand in Pennsylvania would benefit his district with jobs and allow him to spend more locally. It turns out, neither is the case.

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