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Arkansas governor’s nephew to quit state Senate amid charges

A nephew of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced he would resign from the state Senate after being charged with spending thousands of dollars in campaign funds on personal expenses, including a Caribbean cruise, tuition payments and groceries, prosecutors announced Friday.

Congressman charged with funds misuse suggests wife to blame

Indicted Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter is suggesting that his wife is to blame for misuse of campaign funds after the couple was indicted on using up to $250,000 in campaign funds for trips, clothing purchases and school tuition.

U.S. Rep Duncan Hunter, wife indicted on corruption charges

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife were charged Tuesday with using more than $250,000 in campaign funds to finance family trips to Italy and Hawaii, golf outings, school tuition, theater tickets – even fast food purchases – and attempting to disguise the illegal spending in federal records, prosecutors said.

House backs Monks’ bill restricting use of public funds in campaigning

The House has passed legislation from Rep. Jason Monks, R-Nampa, to restrict the use of public funds in campaigning; it passed on a 58-9 vote. Monks spent the past year working with stakeholders including cities and school districts to refine the idea; this year’s bill...

Trump takes in $51 million, takes potential VPs on tour

Celebrating new success in fundraising, Donald Trump says he took in $51 million for his campaign and allied Republicans in recent weeks, a huge jump from his previously lackluster figures though still well shy of Hillary Clinton’s money machine.

Spin Control: Democrats’ email fundraising pitches relentless

There are mornings when the content of my email inbox suggests the Democratic Party has been replaced by an online fundraising machine bent on extracting money from unsuspecting rubes by setting phony deadlines to ward off hyperbolic calamities. Almost every trick to wheedle a few bucks – anything short of claiming to be the son of the dead Nigerian oil minister willing to split a small fortune if I’ll just send a processing charge – shows up over time.

Shawn Vestal: Pakootas has 16-to-1 problem

What does the yawning gulf in fundraising between Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her challenger, Joe Pakootas, tell us? A lot – and maybe a lot more than David-and-Goliath narratives about political money suggest. Yes, the incumbent has leveraged all the advantages of incumbency – perhaps including the improper mingling of the public’s business with her campaign, which has been the subject of an ethics complaint. And yes, lots of money from out of the district has come into her coffers.

Crapo campaign lost $250,000 on loan

BOISE – Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo’s campaign said Friday it lost $250,000 after a former campaign manager loaned the money to a friend who contends somebody else later stole it. Crapo, who said he learned of the loan in 2010, two years after it was made, is amending his Federal Election Commission campaign finance reports for the third quarters of 2008 and 2009 to reflect the loan.

Top Jindal aides use personal email to strategize

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Top officials in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration used personal email accounts to craft a media strategy for imposing hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid cuts — a method of communication that can make it more difficult to track under public records laws despite Jindal's pledge to bring more transparency to state government. Emails reviewed by The Associated Press reveal that non-state government email addresses were used dozens of times by state officials to communicate last summer about a public relations offensive for making $523 million in health care cuts. Those documents weren't provided to AP in response to a public records request.