Campaign finance violations

Republicans scramble to dispose of campaign cash from Giuliani associates
Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas plead not guilty Wednesday to violating campaign finance laws

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has ties to two men indicted for campaign finance violations. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican lawmakers unwittingly entangled in a campaign finance scandal have scrambled to get rid of contributions from two men at the center of the alleged wrongdoing, both of whom were back in court Wednesday.

Igor Fruman and and Lev Parnas pleaded not guilty to violating campaign finance laws when they appeared in federal court in New York for their arraignment. Fruman, Parnas and two other men were indicted earlier this month for “engaging in a scheme to funnel foreign money to candidates.” The indictment alleged the two men did so to “buy potential influence with the candidates, campaigns, and the candidates’ governments.”

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Hunter Says He Looks Forward to Fighting Charges
‘This is modern politics and modern media mixed in with law enforcement that has a political agenda,’ GOP rep says

Rep. Duncan Hunter responded to charges of misuse of campaign funds filed against him Tuesday.(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep.  Duncan Hunter said Wednesday he’s innocent of the charges of misusing campaign funds filed against him the day before and looks forward to fighting them.

“We’re excited about going to trial with this, frankly,” Hunter told told San Diego’s 10News of the indictment, “This is modern politics and modern media mixed in with law enforcement that has a political agenda. That’s the new Department of Justice.”

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California Democrat Moves to More Vulnerable Rating
Father's guilty plea doesn't help Ami Bera's re-election chances

Rep. Ami Bera is likely in for another close race this year in his Northern California-based 7th District. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of California topped Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, 53-47 percent, in a preview of the general election since they were the only two candidates on the June 7 primary ballot.  

Bera won close races in 2012 and 2014 in the 7th District, and was regarded as one of the few vulnerable incumbent Democrats heading into the 2016 election cycle.