Campaign finance improprieties

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2017, photo, Rep. Jon Stanard, R-St. George, votes on the House floor, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. The Utah House of Representatives is investigating whether a lawmaker who abruptly resigned used a state-issued cellphone and hotel room paid for with taxpayer money to arrange trysts with a prostitute. House Speaker Greg Hughes declined to comment on a Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, report in British newspaper the Daily Mail that former Republican Rep. Stanard twice hired a prostitute in 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
February 09, 2018 - 1:45 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah lawmaker purchased at least two hotel rooms with taxpayer money that he is accused of using to meet up with a prostitute last year, according to documents reviewed by a legislative official. The DailyMail.com reported allegations Thursday that former Republican...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017, file photo, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., speaks during a news conference in Union Beach, N.J. In a Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, court filing, the government has told a federal judge in New Jersey it will seek a retrial of Menendez, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury on Nov. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
January 19, 2018 - 4:45 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez might spend 2018 asking voters to re-elect him and jurors to acquit him. Federal prosecutors told a federal judge in New Jersey on Friday that they will seek a retrial of the Democratic senator, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November...
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January 02, 2018 - 6:52 am
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has been sworn in for a fourth term in office just weeks before his trial on federal corruption charges is set to start. The Democrat is accused of accepting more than $150,000 in campaign contributions in exchange for city business. He has pleaded...
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December 13, 2017 - 5:05 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A business consultant indicted on corruption charges alongside the mayor of Allentown and the former mayor of Reading has pleaded guilty to fraud in each city. James Hickey entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Philadelphia as part of a deal with prosecutors. They will...
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December 11, 2017 - 1:40 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former state lawmaker has been sentenced to 18 months of house arrest for his role in an illegal gambling machine operation. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Marc Gergely was also ordered Monday to spend three years on probation after completing the sentence. The seven-...
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October 25, 2017 - 7:22 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two political consultants have pleaded not guilty in a widening campaign finance probe involving the 2012 re-election of Democratic U.S. Rep Bob Brady. Kenneth Smukler and Donald Jones made their first appearance in a Philadelphia federal court Wednesday on charges including...
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October 24, 2017 - 2:42 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two political consultants have been charged in a widening campaign finance probe involving the 2012 re-election of Democratic U.S. Rep Bob Brady. Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia said Tuesday that Kenneth Smukler and Donald Jones orchestrated a scheme in which the Brady...
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FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2014, file photo, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. speaks to the media during the inaugural National Prosecutorial Summit, in Atlanta. The Manhattan district attorney who declined to charge Harvey Weinstein in a 2015 sexual abuse case says he'll stop taking campaign cash pending the review of an outside ethics group. (AP Photo/Branden Camp, File)
October 17, 2017 - 3:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Manhattan district attorney who declined to charge Harvey Weinstein in a 2015 sexual abuse case says he will stop taking campaign contributions pending a review by an outside ethics group. Cyrus R. Vance Jr. has come under fire for accepting thousands of dollars from a lawyer...
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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2017 file photo, Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales delivers his first annual State of the Nation address to Congress in Guatemala City. A five-member commission of legislators has recommended lifting Morales' immunity from prosecution so he can face possible trial on campaign-financing accusations. Commission head Julio Ixcamey said late Sept. 10, 2017 the recommendation will be submitted to the full congress for a vote. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)
September 11, 2017 - 11:05 pm
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Lawmakers voted against lifting President Jimmy Morales' immunity from prosecution Monday, hours after a congressional commission recommended the protection be withdrawn to open the way for a possible trial on campaign-finance accusations. Congress voted overwhelmingly not to...
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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2017 file photo, Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales delivers his first annual State of the Nation address to Congress in Guatemala City. A five-member commission of legislators has recommended lifting Morales' immunity from prosecution so he can face possible trial on campaign-financing accusations. Commission head Julio Ixcamey said late Sept. 10, 2017 the recommendation will be submitted to the full congress for a vote. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)
September 11, 2017 - 8:32 pm
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Lawmakers voted against lifting President Jimmy Morales' immunity from prosecution Monday, hours after a congressional commission recommended the protection be withdrawn to open the way for a possible trial on campaign-finance accusations. Congress voted overwhelmingly not to...
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