Articles By Alex Kotch
A group of New York State Senate Democrats that aligned with Republicans is refusing to return hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of contributions, mostly from corporations and PACs, that the state Supreme Court ruled illegal in June.
Under the guise of free speech protection, Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona took a pricey trip to London in July, funded by an anti-Muslim group based in Philadelphia.
In a potentially game-changing decision, a federal court ruled that “dark-money” groups that spend more than $250 on direct political expenditures will have to disclose all donors who have given $200 or more towards those operations.
In the Aug. 7 primary, three contenders will vie for the Democratic nomination. But murky pass-through donations and unaccounted-for money still loom, leaving voters without critical information days before the election.
Just 2.1 percent of the campaign cash received by members of the recently shuttered Independent Democratic Conference, which caucused with Republicans, came in the form of donations of $200 or less.
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand joins four liberal colleagues in sponsoring a bill to cancel Puerto Rico’s massive debt. But she has accepted campaign donations from executives of several hedge funds profiting from Puerto Rico’s obligations.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Puerto Rico this week to help rebuilding efforts. But his reelection campaign has accepted five-figure donations from top financial executives whose firms’ demands have led to austerity measures there.
Hundreds of for-profit and nonprofit corporations have pulled in billions of dollars worth of ICE contracts in recent years. See where these ICE operations take place and where the corporations are headquartered.
One foreign affairs officer, a county supervisor and two public university professors have made contributions to the House campaign of racist and anti-Semite Paul Nehlen.