Peter Overby

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Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter Indicted On Charges Of Misusing Campaign Money

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A 48-page indictment detailing how Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and his wife diverted campaign money for family trips and household expenses was released by the Department of Justice on Tuesday.


FACT CHECK: Can Trump Legally Keep Former Staff Quiet? Probably Not

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Trump campaign says former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman broke a nondisclosure agreement. But an employment lawyer says, "She's going to be able to continue with what she's doing."


On Appeals Court, Kavanaugh Helped To Loosen Political Money Laws

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Kavanugh's decisions have effectively pulled the campaign finance system rightward, letting in more money with less regulation.


Judge Shuts Down Multimillion-Dollar Loophole In Election Law

Monday, August 06, 2018

Noah Bookbinder, of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said the case "closes one of the loopholes that has allowed the system to get out of control."


Paul Manafort Trial Brings Possible Investigation Into Foreign Lobbyists And Lawmakers

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

A group of high-profile lobbyists and lawyers who worked for Ukraine's former pro-Russian government maybe under investigation for violating a law requiring lobbyists for foreign governments to register with the U.S. government.


Campaign Finance Laws And Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

As a federal appeals judge, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh upheld some campaign finance laws while slamming their underlying principles.


Federal Lawsuit Against President Trump's Business Interests Allowed To Proceed

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A federal judge has rejected a motion from the Department of Justice to dismiss the suit. The lawsuit alleges Trump's businesses, especially his hotel in D.C., violate the Constitution.


Trump Administration Weakens Political Nonprofit Disclosures

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Trump administration has weakened a donor disclosure rule for tax-exempt groups, possibly letting more foreign cash into U.S. politics — and complicating the confirmation of a new IRS commissioner.


Dark Money Groups Get A Little Darker, Thanks To IRS

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Advocates say it's a First Amendment issue. Critics say it's opening the door to secret money from foreign sources.


Money Surges Toward House Democratic Hopefuls

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Congressional seats continue to lean further in the direction of Democratic candidates, as donors give unusual support to challengers.


Does Scott Pruitt's Slow Ouster Mean Ethics Laws Are Getting Weaker?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

"It's going to take different leadership at the top," said Don Fox, a former acting director of the Office of Government Ethics. "And that means a different occupant in the White House."


Pruitt Resets The Ethics Bar

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt became the subject of at least a dozen investigations. Some advocates argue ethics standards in government need to be rebuilt.


A Lifetime Investment: Big Money Pours Into Supreme Court Battle

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Conservatives immediately put up ads supporting the nominee-to-be, while a liberal group aims to make the Supreme Court decision to uphold Obamacare part of the debate.


As Secret Money Surges In Elections, The FEC Considers A Small Step For Transparency

Friday, June 29, 2018

"On their phone, on their desktop, on their laptop, on their tablets, however they are seeing information, they're entitled to know where it's coming from," said FEC Vice Chair Ellen Weintraub


Federal Election Commission Might Make Disclaimers Mandatory For Online Political Ads

Thursday, June 28, 2018

After two days of hearings, the Federal Election Commission is a bit closer to ending anonymous funding for online pro- and anti-candidate ads. But that's just one portion of the political ads online.


Legal Defense Funds For Trump Allies Multiply

Friday, June 15, 2018

At least eight funds now exist to help Trump administration aides and allies pay legal bills. But there are few rules to promote transparency or avoid conflicts of interest.


As The Scandals Mount, Conservatives Turn On Scott Pruitt

Thursday, June 14, 2018

One of Pruitt's closest political allies in Congress said he would call for the EPA chief to step down if his ethical scandals don't stop.


Trump Organization Deals In Asia Fuel Debate On Emoluments Lawsuit

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said the conflict between Trump's foreign-policy decisions and his business ventures "epitomizes why the founders put that emoluments clause into the Constitution."


EPA Chief's Latest Ethics Issue: Used Mattress From A Trump Hotel

Monday, June 04, 2018

The aide said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt asked for help procuring a mattress while he was apartment hunting. Federal ethics rules prohibit staff from doing private work for their superiors.


Federal Election Commission Can't Decide If Russian Interference Violated Law

Friday, May 25, 2018

The FEC has been wrestling with questions about foreign donors and possible election interference since 2011. It's not making any progress.