Political fundraising

A manual laborer pulls a cart of hay as men drive past on a motorcycle, near the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Kano, northern Nigeria Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Nigeria's main opposition party charged Thursday that the election commission has kept more than 1 million ghost voters on the national register, raising fears of vote rigging ahead of Saturday's presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
February 15, 2019 - 4:08 am
RUGA SETTLEMENT, Nigeria (AP) — It's hard to find a campaign poster in this threadbare settlement on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, where thousands live in makeshift structures of tarpaulin and sticks of timber. From his little grocery shop, 65-year-old Jafar Ali awaits the moment a...
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February 14, 2019 - 4:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first two Democratic presidential debates for the 2020 election will have two heats with room for a total of 20 candidates who meet certain polling or grassroots fundraising thresholds. A senior Democratic National Committee official outlined the framework Thursday for the...
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February 13, 2019 - 9:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez says he'll announce details of the first two presidential primary debates by the end of the week. Perez says he plans to include a grassroots fundraising metric as part of the qualifying threshold. He wants that to make the debate...
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In this May 25, 2003, photo, Paul Erickson, a Vermillion native, poses for a photo. The American political operative, Erickson, linked to admitted Russian covert agent Maria Butina was accused this week of fraud. Erickson pleaded not guilty Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, to 11 counts of wire fraud and money laundering in business schemes that stretched from 1996 through August 2018, according to federal prosecutors in South Dakota. (Lloyd B. Cunningham/The Argus Leader via AP)
February 08, 2019 - 1:09 pm
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Paul Erickson, the boyfriend of admitted Russian covert agent Maria Butina accused this week of fraud, has turned up in the unlikeliest of places — from landing a top spot on Pat Buchanan's 1992 presidential campaign to representing a man involved in one of the most salacious...
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump dances with first lady Melania Trump at The Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball. Federal prosecutors have cast a wide net in their investigation of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee, subpoenaing a smorgasbord of documents, including any addressing whether foreign nationals helped fund the $107 million celebration thrown to celebrate the Republican's ascent to the White House. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
February 08, 2019 - 12:32 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have cast a wide net in their investigation of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee, subpoenaing a smorgasbord of documents, including any addressing whether foreign nationals helped fund the $107 million celebration thrown to celebrate the Republican's...
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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, speaks during a news conference outside of his home, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Newark, N.J. Booker on Friday declared his bid for the presidency with a sweeping call to unite a deeply polarized nation around a "common purpose." (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
February 02, 2019 - 7:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cory Booker leaped into the 2020 presidential race on Friday with a call for Americans to unite in a time of bitter polarization while some of his Democratic rivals are taking a more combative stance as they vie to take on President Donald Trump. Booker's entry into the Democratic...
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2016 file photo John Dougherty, right, makes some brief comments to the media, in Philadelphia. The powerful union boss who has held a tight grip on construction jobs and politics in the Philadelphia region and beyond has been indicted in an FBI probe along with a city councilman and at least six others. Federal prosecutors say Dougherty used union funds as "his own personal bank account." Dougherty leads the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, along with the city's Building Trades Council. He has been at the helm of the century-old electricians union for 25 years. (Charles Fox/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)
January 30, 2019 - 5:39 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A powerful union boss with a tight grip on construction jobs in the Philadelphia region and outsized influence in city and state politics has been indicted in alleged schemes to embezzle more than $600,000 and have a councilman on the union payroll do his bidding at City Hall...
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. Garcetti will not seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, slightly winnowing a field that is still likely to be large and unwieldy for a party desperate to oust President Donald Trump.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
January 29, 2019 - 11:42 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will not seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, slightly winnowing a field that is still likely to be large and unwieldy for a party desperate to oust President Donald Trump. "I have decided not to throw my hat into the ring to run...
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A view of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. The presidential primary is jolting to life without a traditional mainstay: the donor class. More specifically, their contribution checks. With as many as two dozen Democrats potentially running for the White House and no immediate front-runner, the money race in the early days of the primary is largely frozen, according to fundraisers. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
January 28, 2019 - 7:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential primary is jolting to life without a traditional mainstay: the big money donor class. More specifically, their contribution checks. With as many as two dozen Democrats potentially running for the White House and no immediate front-runner, the money race in the...
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FILE - In this March 22, 2017, file photo, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speaks at the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. For someone who has given about $150,000 to Democratic campaigns over the years, Schultz is generating tepid, or even hostile, responses within the party as he weighs a presidential bid in 2020. That's because reports have suggested he's considering running as an independent, a prospect that could draw support away from the eventual Democratic nominee and hand President Donald Trump another four years in office, many fret. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
January 27, 2019 - 7:47 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — For a businessman who grew a small coffee roaster into an inescapable global chain, who ensured that even his part-time workers had benefits and who has given about $150,000 to Democratic campaigns, former Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz is generating tepid — or even hostile —...
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