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Plea Deal Reveals Stockman Accused of Stealing $775,000
Former staffer testifies that former congressman scammed two charitable organizations

Court documents in a plea deal for a onetime staffer for former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, claims the former congressman scammed nearly $800,000 from two charitable organizations. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Testimony in a plea deal from a onetime aide to former Texas Rep. Steve Stockman puts the total of money he is accused of taking from charitable contributions close to $800,000.

Stockman was arrested last week as he was getting on a plane in Houston and charged with campaign funds violations. He was later released on $25,000 bond and forced to surrender his passport.

Obama Vet Joins Push for Public Servants in Congress
David Heifetz is the chief communications officer at New Politics

New Politics backed Democrat Seth Moulton, left, of Massachusetts, and Wisconsin Republican Mike Gallagher in their congressional races last year. Both served in the Marine Corps. (Bill Clark/Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photos)

David Heifetz cleaned out his desk at the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in January and joined the effort to get public servants elected to office.

Heifetz, 28, who had written speeches for former President Barack Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett since August 2015, is now the chief communications officer of New Politics, a nonprofit that recruits and consults with candidates from public service backgrounds to run for public office.

Poll Shows Ossoff Increases Lead in Georgia Race to Replace Price
Comes as conservatives grapple with Republican replacement for Obamacare

A new poll from a conservative-leaning outfit shows Democrat Jon Ossoff increasing his support among voters in the race to replace former Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price. (Photo by Dustin Chambers, Courtesy Jon Ossoff for Congress)

A new poll shows that Democrat Jon Ossoff has strengthened his lead in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District race, and the race tightening among Republicans.

A poll by the conservative website zpolitics and Clout Research shows Ossof leading with 41 percent of the support of those polled. But it also shows that former Secretary of State Karen Handel and fellow Republican Bob Gray are nearly tied, with Handel at 16.1 percent and Gray at 15.6 percent.

Former Rep. Stockman Arrested on Election Law Charges
Accused of funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to personal account

Former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, served two terms in the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman was jailed Thursday on charges of violating federal election law during his last term in office.

Stockman was brought into court shackled and handcuffed, KPRC-TV in Houston reported and bail was set at $25,000. A conviction could send Stockman to federal prison.

Ethics Watchdogs Make a Career of It
Norm Eisen and Richard Painter are among Trump’s most vocal critics

Norm Eisen served as former President Barack Obama’s ethics czar. (Courtesy Brookings.edu)

Norm Eisen, Barack Obama’s White House ethics czar, was such a stickler for enforcing the rules that even some colleagues privately expressed relief when he traipsed off to Prague for an ambassadorship.

Now, people can’t get enough of him.

Liberal Groups Warn Democratic Senators Over Gorsuch
Votes on SCOTUS nominee could ‘haunt them for the rest of their careers’

Liberals are pushing for Democrats such as Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin to oppose Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Liberal groups are pushing for Democratic senators to block Judge Neil Gorsuch from the Supreme Court and say the lawmakers could pay a price if they don’t vote against him.

The groups announced the launch of a campaign called “The People’s Defense” led NARAL Pro-Choice America, MoveOn.org, CREDO, Indivisible, and the American Federation of Teachers.

Second Democrat Jumps into Issa Race
Major Democratic donor Mike Levin announces run

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has another Democratic challenger for 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A second Democrat is jumping into the race to challenge Republican Rep. Darrell Issa in California.

Mike Levin, an environmental lawyer based in San Juan Capistrano, announced his candidacy Wednesday.

Franken Returns Donations from Controversial Law Firm
Thorton Law Firm is being investigated for possible campaign finance violations

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., received about $41,000 in contributions from Boston law firm being investigated. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., returned $40,822 donated to him from a Boston law firm currently being investigated for potentially illegal campaign contributions.

An investigation into the Boston-based Thorton Law Firm by The Boston Globe and the Center for Responsive Politics revealed that Thorton essentially reimbursed employees for political contributions through bonus checks that totaled the exact amount of the donation.

Ryan Says He’ll Match What Members Raise for NRCC
Speaker previously transferred $4.4 million to GOP campaign group

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., told House Republicans he would match what members collectively raise for the NRCC in March. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan told House Republicans that he would match what members collectively raise for National Republican Campaign Committee in March.

According to a source in the room, Ryan made the pledge during a conference at the Republican National Committee on Wednesday. 

Top K Street Campaign Donors Already Writing Checks for 2018
GOP lobbyists focus on expanding Senate majority, Democrats target the House

Donations to campaigns from the top K Street lobbyists have been inching up each cycle since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

K Street’s most generous political donors paid out a record sum during the 2016 campaign cycle, and many of them say they are already opening their wallets for next year’s elections despite fatigue at the pace of fundraising requests.

“I’m writing those checks a little more reluctantly — the hand is sort of shaking more than it used to,” said lobbyist Larry O’Brien, a longtime top donor to Democrats, only half-joking.