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Ex-Pols Took Your Cash. They Used It to Help the Saudis and the Qataris.

Ex-Pols Took Your Cash. They Used It to Help the Saudis and the Qataris.

In the summer of 2018, congressman-turned-lobbyist Jim Moran was trying to recruit his former colleagues to put pressure on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Moran was doing so on behalf of one of his clients, the government of Qatar. And he had a pot of money, left over from years of donations to his reelection campaigns, that he could steer to his lobbying targets.Throughout June and July, Moran, a “senior legislative advisor” at the firm McDermott Will & Emery, reached out to at least a dozen House and Senate members of both parties as part of the effort. He for the letter, which he hoped the...

July 26, 2019
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Tulsi Gabbard’s Campaign Is Being Boosted by Putin Apologists

Tulsi Gabbard’s Campaign Is Being Boosted by Putin Apologists

The Hawaii congresswoman is quickly becoming the top candidate for Democrats who think the Russian leader is misunderstood.Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is being underwritten by some of the nation’s leading Russophiles. Donors to her campaign in the first quarter of the year included: Stephen F. Cohen, a Russian studies professor at New York University and prominent Kremlin sympathizer; Sharon Tennison, a vocal Putin supporter who nonetheless found herself detained by Russian authorities in 2016; and an employee of the Kremlin-backed...

May 21, 2019
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Dem-aligned group targets Manchin and Collins in push to fire up infrastructure support

Dem-aligned group targets Manchin and Collins in push to fire up infrastructure support

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/AxiosA Democrat-aligned advocacy group is kicking off a six-figure campaign backing President Biden's mammoth infrastructure spending measure — starting with ads targeting constituents of Sens. Joe Manchin and Susan Collins — the group tells Axios.Why it matters: The American Working Families Action Fund (AWFAF) is one of the first groups to announce the launch of an independent digital and TV advertising effort aimed at selling the proposal to Congress and the public.How it works: The AWFAF ads seek to tie the infrastructure push to the country's emergence...

Apr 5
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Trump reelection campaign paid seven figures to influencer marketing firm

Trump reelection campaign paid seven figures to influencer marketing firm

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/AxiosIn the second half of 2020, Donald Trump’s re-election campaign shelled out seven figures to an influencer marketing business linked to his White House’s former chief digital officer.Why it matters: The payments bought promotion from prominent conservative brands and social media personalities, showing how campaigns are exploring new, often more opaque digital advertising channels as large social media companies on political ads.What’s new: Filings with the Federal Election Commission show the Trump campaign paid nearly $1.8 million during the second half of...

Feb 18
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Hawley rakes in grassroots cash after Capitol attack

Hawley rakes in grassroots cash after Capitol attack

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., attends the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)January was Sen. Josh Hawley's best fundraising month—by far—since his 2018 election, with a flood of small-dollar donations more than eclipsing the corporate cash he lost after leading an effort to block certification of President Biden's Electoral College win.Why it matters: Corporate PACs cut ties with the Missouri Republican after the Capitol insurrection that followed the Hawley-led gambit. But his grassroots fundraising bonanza in the weeks after shows the...

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Trump ally Matt Schlapp got $750,000 in unsuccessful pardon push

Trump ally Matt Schlapp got $750,000 in unsuccessful pardon push

Matt Schlapp. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesThe lobbying firm run by Trump ally Matt Schlapp brought in $750,000 in the final two weeks of 2020 from a former top Trump fundraiser and convicted fraudster who retained Schlapp to lobby — unsuccessfully — for a presidential pardon.Why it matters: The substantial sum that the former fundraiser, Georgia's Parker "Pete" Petit, paid to Schlapp's Cove Strategies shows how valuable connections to Donald Trump were in his final days in office for wealthy felons seeking clemency from the outgoing president.What's new: filed on Thursday said...

Jan 22
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Trump pardons former GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy

Trump pardons former GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy

President Trump has pardoned Elliott Broidy, a former top Republican fundraiser who pleaded guilty late last year to conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws as part of a campaign to sway the administration on behalf of Chinese and Malaysian interests.Why it matters: Broidy was a deputy finance chair for the Republican National Committee early in Trump’s presidency, and attempted to leverage his influence in the Trump administration on behalf of his clients. The president's decision to pardon Broidy represents one last favor for a prominent political ally.Background: Broidy's guilty plea...

Jan 20
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Trump ally Matt Schlapp got $750,000 in unsuccessful pardon push

Trump ally Matt Schlapp got $750,000 in unsuccessful pardon push

Matt Schlapp. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesThe lobbying firm run by Trump ally Matt Schlapp brought in $750,000 in the final two weeks of 2020 from a former top Trump fundraiser and convicted fraudster who retained Schlapp to lobby — unsuccessfully — for a presidential pardon.Why it matters: The substantial sum that the former fundraiser, Georgia's Parker "Pete" Petit, paid to Schlapp's Cove Strategies shows how valuable connections to Donald Trump were in his final days in office for wealthy felons seeking clemency from the outgoing president.What's new: filed on Thursday said...

Jan 22
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Communications director for gun-toting congresswoman quits

Communications director for gun-toting congresswoman quits

Rep. Lauren Boebert during the Electoral College debate. Photo: Congress.gov via Getty ImagesThe communications director for Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, a firebrand Republican freshman who boasts about carrying a gun to work, has quit after less than two weeks on the job.Why it matters: Ben Goldey’s resignation cited last week's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which came amid efforts by Boebert and other Republican lawmakers to block certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Her rhetoric on the issue mirrored President Trump's, which has fueled baseless...

Jan 16
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Pro-Trump group accused of illegally concealing donors

Pro-Trump group accused of illegally concealing donors

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/AxiosA legal complaint against a prominent pro-Trump group will test new standards for so-called dark money groups that have the potential to reshape the nation's campaign finance landscape.Why it matters: The groups, politically active nonprofits, funneled more than $1 billion in untraceable cash into the 2020 elections. A landmark 2018 court ruling triggered new donor disclosure requirements, but few groups have modified their behavior.What's new: A complaint filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission could force the issue. It was lodged by Citizens for...

Mar 25
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