Peter Overby

Peter Overby appears in the following:

Trump's Inauguration: Record Spending Leaves Little For Charities

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The 2017 inaugural committee raised nearly $107 million, double what the first Obama inaugural committee brought in. — and managed to spend almost all of it.


Trump Lawyer Says He Paid Former Adult Film Star $130,000 In A Private Transaction

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Michael Cohen, a longtime lawyer for President Trump says he paid adult film star Stephanie Clifford, known otherwise as Stormy Daniels, $130,000. The payment happened during the campaign after Clifford alleged she had an affair with Trump.


Attorney Says He Paid Adult Film Actress Who Alleges Affair With Trump

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Michael Cohen says his payment of $130,000 to Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, was not a campaign contribution.


Ethics Office Gets A New Chief

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Emory Rounds III has been tapped to run the Office of Government Ethics. He'll be the agency's first permanent director since Walter Shaub resigned amid conflicts with the Trump White House last July.


Trump's Choice For Ethics Chief Wins Praise As 'Somebody Who Plays It By The Book'

Friday, February 09, 2018

Emory Rounds III is a career civil servant. If confirmed as director of the Office of Government Ethics, he will take charge of an agency under considerable pressure.


How The Campaign Finance System Has Changed To Benefit The Wealthy

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

The American system of financing campaigns is changing, as post-Watergate reforms crumble beneath a crush of unregulated money.


Federal Judge Seems Sympathetic To Anti-Corruption Case Against President Trump

Friday, January 26, 2018

Lawyers for Maryland and the District of Columbia argued in court Thursday that President Trump is violating the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. They left the preliminary hearing feeling confident.


1 Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Is Dismissed, Trump Faces Others In 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

Several lawsuits filed last year allege Donald Trump violated the Constitution's Emoluments Clause as he entangles the presidency with his businesses. One suit has been dismissed.


For 1 Attorney, A Lonely Legal Fight To Make Trump Comply With Rules

Monday, January 15, 2018

Attorney Jeffrey Lovitky took it upon himself last year to sue Trump. "It is intimidating," he says. Still, he's suing again, saying he has a duty to push for compliance with various ethics rules.


Emoluments Lawsuit Against Trump Dismissed

Friday, December 22, 2017

A federal judge in Manhattan has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that President Trump is violating the Constitution's foreign emoluments clause. The judge said the plaintiffs lack standing to sue.


Survey Shows Americans Expressing Greater Concern About Government Corruption

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Almost one year after President Trump took office, an international watchdog has found that Americans are much more cynical about corruption in the White House and government.


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.


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.


'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


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.


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.


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.


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."


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."


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?