Campaign Aide to Rep. Robert Brady Found Guilty on 9 Counts
Feds secure conviction on fraud spread over multiple election cycles

A federal jury found Rep. Robert Brady’s aide, Kenneth Smukler, guilty of 11 counts of breaking campaign finance laws. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A federal jury found Rep. Robert Brady’s top political strategist, Kenneth Smukler, guilty on nine counts of breaking campaign finance laws and obstructing a Federal Election Commission investigation.

The jury found Smukler guilty of conspiracy to violate federal law, making and causing unlawful campaign contributions and causing false statements to the FEC in connection with a 2012 congressional primary campaign in a Philadelphia-area congressional district.

Father of McConnell’s 2014 Democratic Challenger Indicted for Illegal Donations
Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ dad indicted for funneling nearly $200,000 to her campaign

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ father, Gerald Lundergan, was indicted Friday on 10 counts related to corporate campaign finance violations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The father of the Democratic candidate who lost to Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky in 2014 was indicted Friday for illegally funneling nearly $200,000 to his daughter’s campaign to pay for various services.

Federal prosecutors in Lexington, Kentucky, secured indictments against Gerald Lundergan, a state Democratic party powerhouse and the father of 2014 Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, on 10 total charges: one count of conspiracy, one count of making corporate campaign contributions, four counts of causing the submission of false statements to the FEC, and four counts of causing the falsification of documents with the intent to obstruct and impede a matter within the FEC’s jurisdiction, according to the charging document.

North Carolina GOP Candidate Preached Extensively on Wives Submitting to Husbands
Former Baptist preacher Mark Harris is running in the 9th District

North Carolina Republican Mark Harris upset Rep. Robert Pittenger in the 9th District GOP primary in May. (John D. Simmons /The Charlotte Observer via AP)

Democrats were already targeting North Carolina’s 9th District before incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger lost his Republican primary in May. And they’re hoping that past comments from the former Baptist minister who defeated him improves their chances of flipping the seat this fall. 

Mark Harris on multiple occasions — as a preacher and political candidate — has said that women should submit fully to their husbands and that he believed homosexuality is a choice. Before venturing into politics, he was a pastor at First Baptist Church in Charlotte. 

Amazon’s Bezos Contributed Over $20,000 to Members of Congress
Recipients: Washington’s two Democratic senators, Jason Chaffetz and Orrin Hatch

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is among four lawmakers who received campaign contributions from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos since he bought the Washington Post. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Jeff Bezos has given more than $20,000 split between four lawmakers — two Democrats and two Republicans — since he bought The Washington Post in October 2013, a review of the billionaire’s Federal Elections Commission files revealed.

In the last three election cycles, Bezos has donated the maximum amount allowed by election laws to two Washington Democrats and two Utah Republicans.

Former Rep. Steve Stockman Found Guilty of 23 Fraud Charges
Faces decades in prison at sentencing scheduled for August

Former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, was found guilty of all but one of the 24 charges he faced. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A federal jury on Thursday found former Rep. Steve Stockman guilty of 23 felony charges related to misusing charitable contributions.

The former conservative firebrand was found guilty of all but one of the four wire fraud charges he faced, the Texas Tribune reported.

Jury Begins Deliberation in Stockman Case
Former Texas congressman had a history of trolling the media and voters

Closing arguments ended Monday in the fraud trial of former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ex-Aide Said He Lacked Character to Challenge Stockman
Former aide has agreed to testify against his former boss in hopes of a lenient sentence

An aide to former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, said he knew he was conducting illegal activity on Stockman's behalf. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A former aide to former Texas Rep. Steve Stockman said he lacked the character to challenge Stockman in his alleged money siphoning scheme.

Jason Posey, who plead guilty to wire fraud and money laundering last year, has testified against his former boss in Stockman’s trial for using money meant for charitable causes to pay for campaign and personal expenses without paying taxes.

Ex-Aide Testifies Stockman Planned to Have Him ‘Take the Blame for Everything’
‘I had been a complete fool for trusting Mr. Stockman,’ onetime aide says in former congressman’s fraud trial

A onetime aide to former Rep. Steve Stockman testified Tuesday that he realized the congressman was going to leave him holding the bag in a fraud scheme. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll file photo)

A former aide to former Rep. Steve Stockman testified Tuesday that the Texas Republican told him that he would be the person to take the blame for a fraud scheme.

Jason Posey is one of two aides who pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against Stockman in his fraud trial in hopes of a more lenient sentence.

Grimm Denies Being Behind Donovan Accusations
Disgraced former rep is challenging Donovan for his old seat

Former Rep. Michael Grimm is challenging his successor, Rep. Dan Donovan, in the Republican primary for a Staten Island district. (Tom Williams/Roll Call via Getty Images file photo)

Former Stockman Aide Testifies ‘I Just Do What I’m Told’
Said he was ordered to write checks to himself and another aide in former congressman’s corruption trial

A former aide to former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, said when he introduced himself to other members of Stockman's staff he said, "I just do what I'm told." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A onetime aide to former Rep. Steve Stockmantestified in the Texas Republican’s fraud trial that his job was to “just do what I’m told.”

Jason Posey was one of two former aides to Stockman who pleaded guilty in an attempt to get a more lenient sentence, the Houston Chronicle reported.