Campaign finance improprieties

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo, Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., leaves an arraignment hearing in San Diego after he and his wife, Margaret, pleaded not guilty to charges they illegally used his campaign account for personal expenses. Federal prosecutors say Hunter illegally used campaign funds to finance romantic flings with a series of women, spending thousands of dollars on meals, drinks and vacations. Allegations about the married Republican congressman's affairs were outlined in a government court filing late Monday, June 24, 2019, connected to charges he and his wife misspent more than $200,000 on trips and personal expenses. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
June 28, 2019 - 8:40 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Indicted California Rep. Duncan Hunter is asking a judge to reject an attempt by prosecutors to introduce evidence that the congressman used campaign funds to finance a string of extramarital relationships. In a motion Friday, the congressman's lawyers say prosecutors are seeking...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo, Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., leaves an arraignment hearing in San Diego after he and his wife, Margaret, pleaded not guilty to charges they illegally used his campaign account for personal expenses. Federal prosecutors say Hunter illegally used campaign funds to finance romantic flings with a series of women, spending thousands of dollars on meals, drinks and vacations. Allegations about the married Republican congressman's affairs were outlined in a government court filing late Monday, June 24, 2019, connected to charges he and his wife misspent more than $200,000 on trips and personal expenses. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
June 25, 2019 - 6:45 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California illegally used campaign money to finance romantic flings with lobbyists and congressional aides, spending thousands of dollars on meals, cocktails and vacations, federal prosecutors say. A government court filing late Monday detailed...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2019 file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks during the Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young swearing-in ceremony at War Memorial Building in Baltimore. The Maryland Democratic Party’s director is asking the state board of elections to investigate possible campaign finance violations by the governor, accusing a large network of donors of exceeding the $6,000 legal donation limit. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
June 25, 2019 - 8:15 am
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Democratic Party is asking the state board of elections to investigate possible campaign finance violations by Gov. Larry Hogan. The Democrats say the Republican took donations from 100 benefactors that were over the legal limit. The Democrats' executive director...
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Margaret Hunter, left, wife of indicted Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, arrives at federal courthouse in downtown San Diego on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Hunter, who had previously pleaded not guilty to correction charges, withdrew that plea in U.S. court in San Diego and pleaded guilty to a single count carrying a sentence of up to five years in prison. The misuse of campaign funds spanned from 2010 to the end of 2016. (John Gibbins/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)
June 13, 2019 - 5:36 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The wife of U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty Thursday to a single corruption count and agreed to testify against her husband at his trial on charges the couple spent more than $200,000 in campaign funds on trips, dinners, clothes and other personal expenses. Margaret Hunter...
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FILE - In this May 18, 2019 file photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks during the fourth annual Citywide Iftar Dinner in Austin, Texas. A campaign finance investigation found that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar filed joint tax returns with her husband before they were legally married. The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board says Omar and her husband filed joint tax returns for 2014 and 2015. They weren't married until 2018. Omar's campaign says all of her filings are fully complaint with applicable tax law.(Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)
June 11, 2019 - 12:55 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota campaign finance officials say that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar filed joint tax returns with her current husband years before they were legally married and at a time when she was married to another man. The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board says Omar and...
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FILE - In this March 6, 2019 photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer departs the Capitol in Washington. Prosecutors aren’t quite finished investigating campaign finance violations by Cohen. A federal judge in New York agreed Tuesday, May 21 to keep search warrant materials related to the investigation under seal until at least mid-July after prosecutors submitted a letter explaining that the probe is still ongoing. Cohen is serving a three-year prison sentence after admitting paying off two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
May 22, 2019 - 7:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was Michael Cohen's numerous contacts with a Russia-linked company and a sudden flow of foreign money into a bank account he controlled that led federal investigators to look into whether the money might be part of a plan to lift U.S. sanctions on Russia, according to court...
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FILE - In this April 12, 1997, file photo, Prakazrel "Pras" Michel, part of the group the Fugees, sings on stage during a concert in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A lawyer for one of the founding members of the 1990s hip hop group the Fugees says his client is facing charges related to 2012 campaign contributions. Defense lawyer Barry Pollack said Friday, May 10, 2019, that Michel is innocent and looks forward to having the case heard by a jury.(AP Photo/Daniel Morel, File)
May 10, 2019 - 4:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the founding members of the 1990s hip-hop group the Fugees has been charged in a campaign finance conspiracy that took place during the 2012 presidential election, the Justice Department said Friday. A four-count indictment accuses Prakazrel "Pras" Michel of conspiring with...
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Michael Cohen, former attorney to President Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building before beginning his prison term Monday, May 6, 2019, in New York. Cohen will begin a three-year prison sentence for crimes including campaign finance violations related to hush-money payments made on Trump's behalf. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
May 06, 2019 - 5:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen took a last swipe at President Donald Trump while reporting to federal prison Monday to start a three-year sentence for crimes including tax evasion and campaign finance violations related to hush-money payments made to protect his former boss. Cohen, who turned on...
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Michael Cohen, former attorney to President Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building before beginning his prison term Monday, May 6, 2019, in New York. Cohen will begin a three-year prison sentence for crimes including campaign finance violations related to hush-money payments made on Trump's behalf. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
May 06, 2019 - 2:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Trump's ex-lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen leaving to start his prison sentence (all times local): 11:55 a.m. President Donald Trump's ex-lawyer and fixer has arrived at an upstate New York prison to start a three-year sentence for crimes including campaign finance...
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FILE - In this July 12, 2017 file photo, an issue of the National Enquirer featuring President Donald Trump on its cover is displayed on a newsstand in a store in New York. The tabloid's owner, American Media announced Thursday, April 18, 2019, that it is selling the supermarket weekly to James Cohen, the former head of the airport newsstand company Hudson News. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
April 18, 2019 - 7:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Enquirer is being sold to the former head of the airport newsstand company Hudson News following a rocky year in which the tabloid was accused of burying stories that could have hurt Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Tabloid owner American Media said Thursday...
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