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Democrats Want To End Dark Money, But First They Want To Use It
“I have no misgivings,” said the head of one group. “On election night 2018, I didn’t hear anybody go, ‘Oh jeez, we won! But gosh, wasn’t all that stuff really bad that helped everybody win?’ “
Ethics Agency Warns Federal Workers Not To Discuss Impeachment Or ‘Resistance’
The Hatch Act keeps partisan politics out of the federal workplace. Should it keep civil servants from talking about impeachment or using the #resist hashtag?
Federal Lawsuit Against President Trump’s Business Interests Allowed To Proceed
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.
Dark Money Groups Get A Little Darker, Thanks To IRS
Advocates say it’s a First Amendment issue. Critics say it’s opening the door to secret money from foreign sources.
Does Scott Pruitt’s Slow Ouster Mean Ethics Laws Are Getting Weaker?
“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.”
As Secret Money Surges In Elections, The FEC Considers A Small Step For Transparency
“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
Trump Wins First Round In Legal Battle Over Emoluments
Judge George Daniels said it’s up to Congress, not citizens, to enforce the Foreign Emoluments Clause. “Congress is not a potted plant,” he said.
Tax Bill Could Offer New Way To Funnel Political Cash — And Make It Tax-Deductible
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.