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Federal Complaint Filed Against Former Takai Campaign Treasurer
Nearly 18 months after congressman's death, campaign treasurer still making almost $6,000 a month

The family of the late Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, said it supports the efforts of campaign treasurer Dylan Beesley, who is accused of misusing Takai’s campaign funds. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Washington, D.C., campaign finance watchdog group has lodged a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission against the campaign treasurer of former Rep. Mark Takai.

In a 13-page complaint paper, the Campaign Legal Center alleged that Dylan Beesley “illegally converted the late Congressman’s leftover campaign funds to personal use.”

Former Takai Staffer Still Getting Paid From Campaign Cash
Paid himself a monthly salary of $5,759 a month from late congressman’s campaign account

A former staffer for the late Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, is still being paid a salary after Takai's death. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A former staffer for the late Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai  is still getting paid thousands of dollars from Takai’s campaign coffers after the congressman’s death more than a year ago.

Dylan Beesley was Takai’s campaign manager and said that after Takai died of pancreatic cancer he became campaign treasurer at the request of the family, according to Hawaii News Now.

Report: Rokita Received More than $160,000 from Casino Group as He Pushed Bill
Contributors would stand to benefit from the bill

Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., has received more than $160,000 from tribal gambling groups and Native American tribes after sponsoring legislation that would benefit them. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Senate candidate and Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita is facing criticism for having received money from a casino interest group that would benefit from legislation he is pushing.

The Associated Press reported that Rokita, who is running to challenge Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly, received more than $160,000 from Native American gambling interest groups.

Grand Jury Subpoena Issued in Duncan Hunter Case
California congressman compares investigation into questionable campaign expenses to that of Trump

A grand jury sent a subpoena to a business related to the case of Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A witness has been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury in the case of California Rep. Duncan Hunter in relation to questionable use of campaign cash.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that a subpoena dated Dec. 21 by the U.S. District Court in San Diego was sent to a business and commanded the witness to appear before the jury in San Diego.

U.S. Chamber Will ‘Double Down’ on 2018 Campaigns, Donohue Says
Infrastructure will be a top priority

Thomas Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue pledged to “double down” on the group’s multimillion-dollar political efforts this year while also pushing for overhauls in Congress of immigration, infrastructure and entitlement programs.

Donohue said the chamber would invest more money and time on primary elections ahead of the 2018 midterm elections with the goal of restoring more power to the political “middle” while still aiming to keep Republicans in control of the House and Senate. 

Steyer Won’t Run for Office in California
Plans to pump $30 million into midterms instead

Tom Steyer (NextGen Climate/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.5)

California hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer announced Monday he would not seek elected office and instead plans to pump millions of dollars into the midterm elections.

There had been speculation that Steyer would potentially run for Senate or governor of California during the 2018 midterms.

Blackburn Announces $2 Million Haul
Has $4.62 in cash on hand

Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Steve King, R-Iowa, are seen outside a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol last month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn is set to report she raised $2 million since she announced her candidacy for Tennessee’s Senate seat. 

Blackburn’s campaign also announced that the average donation for her campaign was $341. 

GOP Leadership Super PAC Announces 27 Offices Nationwide
Congressional Leadership Fund looks to protect vulnerable Republican House members

Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Calif., is one of many Republican House members that the Congressional Leadership Fund has a field office to protect. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 1:16 p.m.| The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC backed by House Republican leadership, announced Thursday it had expanded to 27 offices nationwide.

In August, the super PAC announced it had 17 field offices in districts like Illinois’ 12th, Kansas’ 3rd, New Jersey’s 3rd and 7th, and Pennsylvania’s 6th and 7th districts.

New York Democrats — Lots of Them — Eager to Oust Stefanik in November
Republican rep received her 10th challenger over holidays

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., will face the winner of a crowded pool of Democratic candidates gunning for her seat in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ten hopefuls have their eyes on Rep. Elise Stefanik’s upstate New York seat as primary season kicks into high gear.

Town Supervisor Sara Idleman of Greenwich, New York, signaled over the holiday she has joined the crowded pool of Democratic candidates vying for the chance to unseat Stefanik in the general election in November.

What Former Congresswomen Learned From Running
Edwards: ‘Women have to stop waiting to be asked and just step up and do it’

Left to right, Nydia Velazquez, Eva Clayton, Carolyn Maloney and Barbara Kennelly are seen at a reception for new women members at freshman orientation in 1992. (Laura Patterson/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Since Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and election, there has been a major push to get more women to run for Congress. And it’s paid off — the number of women who have filed for or are planning to run for office is at an all-time high, according to a study from Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics.

Some women who served in Congress want those political hopefuls to know exactly what they’re in for.