“A Total Fraud”: Democrats File an Ethics Complaint Against George Santos

Rep. George Santos (New York) is facing several government investigations and an increasing number of legal complaints, including the first one filed in Congress on Tuesday. Two House Democrats have filed an official complaint against Santos with the House Committee on Ethics, asking the committee to investigate him for potential violations of campaign finance laws in relation to his $705,000… Source Source / Read More: “A Total Fraud”: Democrats File an Ethics Complaint Against George Santos

Companies That Pledged to Stop Giving to Election Objectors Have Given Them $10M

After thousands of right-wing militants descended on the Capitol on January 6 two years ago in support of former President Donald Trump, hundreds of corporations made pledges to pause or stop donations to lawmakers who voted just hours after the attack to overturn the results of the 2020 election. But those corporations restarted such donations shortly after, and PACs affiliated with over 70… Source Source / Read More: Companies That Pledged to Stop Giving to Election Objectors Have Given Them $10M

Tanzania: President Hassan lifts the blanket ban on political assemblies

Responding to President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s announcement that she is lifting the punitive political rallies blanket ban imposed on opposition political parties, Amnesty International Regional Researcher for Tanzania and Uganda, Roland Ebole said: “Though the ban should never have been made in the first place, we applaud the Tanzanian government’s decision to lift the blanket […] The post Tanzania: President Hassan lifts the blanket ban on political assemblies appeared first on Amnesty International.

GOP Representative-Elect Santos Admits He Lied About College, Work History

Republican U.S. Representative-elect George Santos has admitted that he told numerous lies about his résumé on the campaign trail amid calls for him to resign after reporters uncovered the lies in an explosive investigation last week. On Monday, Santos, elected to represent New York’s 3rd congressional district in November, told the New York Post that he “embellished” his professional background… Source Source / Read More: GOP Representative-Elect Santos Admits He Lied About College, Work History

Top Recipient of War Industry Money to Head GOP House Armed Services Committee

Two House Republicans set to chair committees responsible for crafting and passing the annual defense bill were the biggest recipients of campaign money from individuals and PACs affiliated with the defense sector, an OpenSecrets analysis found. Reps. Mike Rogers (R–Alabama) and Ken Calvert (R–California) are slated to rise from the ranking members of the House Armed Services Committee and Defense… Source Source / Read More: Top Recipient of War Industry Money to Head GOP House Armed Services Committee

Democrats Urge Biden to Make Federal Contractors Disclose Dark Money Spending

A group of 20 Democrats and progressives in the Senate are urging President Joe Biden to crack down on federal contractors’ political donations to help reduce “quid pro quo corruption” among federal lawmakers and lobbyists and shine a much-needed light on dark money spending. In a letter spearheaded by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) and signed by 20 senators… Source Source / Read More: Democrats Urge Biden to Make Federal Contractors Disclose Dark Money Spending

Oil Industry Lobbying Group Funded “Dark Money” Ads for Conservative Democrats

This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge. A “dark money” group that spent millions of dollars this year on ads supporting conservative Democrats, including Reps. Henry Cuellar and Kurt Schrader, was funded by oil and gas industry lobbying group the American Petroleum Institute, Sludge has discovered. The American Petroleum Institute’s (API) 990 tax form for 2021 shows it paid more than $3.5 million to the Better Jobs Together Campaign, an opaque Virginia corporation that was formed in April 2021, for advocacy services it performed as an…

Sanders: Democrats Must Curb Billionaires’ Grip on Elections to Save Democracy

As the midterm elections wrap up with a better-than-expected showing for Democrats, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is saying that the Democratic Party must make curbing the influence of deep-pocketed political donors one of its top priorities in order to save democracy from the far right. The right is posing a credible and concerning threat to democracy in the U.S. — and their attacks on democracy are aided by the fact that billionaires and corporations are exercising ever increasing influence over elections, as enabled by 2010’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Sanders said in a new interview with Rolling Stone.…

465 Billionaires Have Pumped an Eye-Popping $881 Million Into the Midterms

A small group of billionaires who come from the top 0.000002 percent of wealthiest people in the U.S. have spent nearly $900 million in the federal midterm runoffs this election cycle, a new report finds, and could reach $1 billion in political spending by the time the cycle is over. According to a report released Thursday by Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF), just 465 American billionaires had donated an unprecedented $881 million by the end of September — even before last-minute campaign pushes in the last five weeks before Election Day. This is already more than the amount that billionaires…

Ecuador: Militarization of public security poses a threat to human rights

On 12 September this year, President Guillermo Lasso presented Ecuadorian citizens with a series of eight questions on public security, strengthening democracy and the environment in order to promote a citizens’ consultation in 2023 that could lead to constitutional reforms. This week, Ecuador’s Constitutional Court will carry out a constitutional review of the questions, the […] The post Ecuador: Militarization of public security poses a threat to human rights appeared first on Amnesty International.

Outside Spending on Federal 2022 Midterm Elections Tops $1 Billion

Outside spending on 2022 federal midterm elections topped $1 billion, surpassing the nearly $701.8 million spent by outside groups through Oct. 4 during the 2018 midterms. With the 2022 elections just five weeks away, outside groups are on track for record federal spending in what OpenSecrets has projected will be the most expensive midterm ever. The Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United v. FEC decision in 2010 paved the way for a sharp increase in outside spending. !function(e,i,n,s){var t=”InfogramEmbeds”,d=e.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];if(window[t]&&window[t].initialized)window[t].process&&window[t].process();else if(!e.getElementById(n)){var o=e.createElement(“script”);o.async=1,o.id=n,o.src=”https://e.infogram.com/js/dist/embed-loader-min.js”,d.parentNode.insertBefore(o,d)}}(document,0,”infogram-async”); At this point in the 2018 election cycle, outside groups supporting Democratic congressional candidates had spent more money than those…

Private Equity and Hedge Fund Industries Pour Over $347 Million Into Midterms

Federal committees reported receiving nearly $347.7 million during the 2022 midterm election cycle from private equity and hedge fund employees and PACs, an OpenSecrets analysis of Federal Election Commission disclosures available on Aug. 15 found. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) made headlines in August for her stalwart opposition to a provision in the Inflation Reduction Act — signed into law by President Joe Biden on Aug. 16 — that would have closed the carried interest tax loophole. The existing loophole allows private equity executives and some hedge fund managers to claim large portions of their income as investment gains at a…