Peter Overby

Peter Overby appears in the following:

Tax Bill Could Offer New Way To Funnel Political Cash — And Make It Tax-Deductible

Friday, December 08, 2017

Big-money donors can already donate anonymously through social welfare groups. If Congress keeps a provision in the House tax bill, it would allow charitable organizations to play politics.

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Trump Wine: Local Promotion Or Presidential Product Placement?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Ninety miles west of the White House, the National Park Service was selling Trump Wine at Shenandoah National Park — raising questions about Park Service rules and presidential influence.

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'Drain The Swamp'? Hardly. Washington Appears More Stuck In The Muck Than Ever

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

"We have dysfunction in Congress; we have dysfunction, I think, in the presidency; and we have dysfunction in the lobbying community" — reform lobbyist Meredith McGehee

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Has Trump Been Able To Drain The Swamp Like He Said He Would?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Washington swamp is swampier than ever. Ethics issues plague Congress and the White House, and special counsel Robert Mueller's probe has reached into the lobbying world.

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Federal Judge Hears Arguments In Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Trump

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Today, attorneys for businesses saying they are being hurt by the Trump Hotel in D.C. told a federal judge why they should have standing to sue for enforcement of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. The White House attorneys said the businesses have no standing to bring such a suit. The judge said he intends to rule in 30 to 60 days.

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The Court Challenge Begins: Is Trump Taking Unconstitutional Emoluments?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

On Wednesday, a federal judge will hear arguments in a case that asks: Is President Trump taking the kind of benefits banned by the Constitution? Step 1 is deciding whether plaintiffs have standing.

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IRS Audit Counters Claims Of 'Witch Hunt' Targeting Conservatives

Thursday, October 05, 2017

An inspector general for the IRS has found the agency went after many progressive as well as conservative groups in 2013, casting a shadow on GOP efforts to punish the agency for a "witch hunt."

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Who Controls Think Tanks? Shift In Funding Highlights Changes In The Industry

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Increasingly, wealthy business people are funding think tanks. As one political scientist notes, they tend to "want to know exactly what they're getting for their dollars' worth."

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Lawsuit Against Trump Starts The Battle To Define 'Emolument'

Monday, September 11, 2017

Ethics watchdogs are preparing for their lawsuit alleging President Trump is violating the Constitution's foreign emoluments clause. But this renews the controversy over what defines an emolument?

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Trump Continues To Brush Aside Conflicts Of Interest

Thursday, August 24, 2017

President Trump and his White House seem to have settled into a routine of dismissing the ethics laws. So when he plugged his Charlottesville winery at a last week, the pitch hardly made headlines.

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Calls To Investigate Clinton Pose A Challenge To U.S. Political Norms

Thursday, August 03, 2017

President Trump and some GOP lawmakers want an investigation into Hillary Clinton and other figures from the Obama era. But a probe of a defeated candidate is not the norm in American democracy.

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Jared Kushner Is In The Spotlight. But Is He In the Tradition Of American Nepotism?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Because of his many roles at the White House, President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner draws controversy. Previous presidents hired family members too, but those staffers had political experience.

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Trump's Third Home Away From Home To Cost Taxpayers Millions

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bedminster, the New Jersey town that President Trump often visits, has been designated an official presidential residence and will receive $41 million in federal funds to help cover security costs.

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As Team Trump Lawyers Up, Who's Paying The Attorney Fees?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

President Trump's re-election campaign paid Donald Trump Jr.'s lawyer $50,000. White House lawyers are paid government salaries, by taxpayers, but it's unknown how the private lawyers are being paid.

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Trump Re-Election Campaign Pays For Trump Jr.'s Lawyer

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Trump family has been hiring lawyers to defend themselves against various potential charges involving Russian contacts. But who is paying those legal fees?

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If Prosecutors Investigate Trump Tower Meeting, Here's How They Might Tackle It

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A former federal prosecutor told NPR one place to start in thinking about the potential legal ramifications of the meeting is to consider a possible conspiracy charge.

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Trump Jr.'s Russia Meeting Raises Possible Federal Statutes Violations

Friday, July 14, 2017

"Collusion" isn't a crime, but myriad controversies in the Trump operation suggest numerous possible violations of federal statutes. The latest example: Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer.

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The Question Hanging Over Washington: Did Donald Trump Jr. Break The Law?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trump Jr.'s email exchange concerning a meeting with a Russian attorney last year has raised questions about a federal law that prohibits foreign nationals from aiding U.S. political campaigns.

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Trump Jr.'s Emails Renew Questions About Legality Of Russia Meeting

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

When Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer last June, did he break any law? Foreign nationals are barred from providing "anything of value" to campaigns, and candidates are barred from soliciting anything of value.

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Exiting Ethics Chief Walter Shaub Calls Trump White House 'A Disappointment'

Friday, July 07, 2017

Shaub, who announced he would resign on Thursday, says his successor should be someone "who's shown respect for the ethical norms and traditions, and is independent."

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