Hunter Trying to Set Up Legal Defense Fund
Comes as he faces federal investigation over use of campaign funds

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., faces a challenge from two other Republicans, three Democrats and an independent in his bid for re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Embattled California Rep. Duncan Hunter is trying to set up a legal expense fund as he faces a federal criminal investigation for misuse of campaign dollars.

The legal defense fund would allow people to contribute more than the limits set for campaign contributions, the San Diego-Union Tribune reported.

Sinclair TV Owner Maxed Out Donations to Gianforte, Montana GOP
Robert E. Smith, who identified himself as ‘retired’ and worked in real estate, also donated to Trump’s campaign

Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., has received maximum campaign contributions from an owner of the Sinclair Broadcasting Group. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An owner of the controversial Sinclair Broadcast Group has donated more than $10,000 to Montana Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte in the last year and a half.

Robert E. Smith, whose family owns the largest local television station operator in the country, gave the maximum $5,400 to Gianforte’s campaign in March, The Guardian reported. He did the same last year, ahead of Gianforte’s 6-point special election victory over Democrat Rob Quist.

Grimm and Donovan Trade Barbs Over Fundraising
Incumbent launches website highlighting Grimm’s tax fraud conviction

Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., walks to the Capitol for a vote in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former New York Rep. Michael Grimm feuded with Rep. Dan Donovan over their fundraising numbers and who has more support in New York's 11th District.

Grimm, who is running against Donovan for his old seat, pointed out that of the $190,000 he raised in the first quarter, $100,000 of it was from district residents of Staten Island or South Brooklyn.

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.

Gun Control Groups Mailing Birthday Voting Forms to 18-Year-Olds
Giffords, Everytown for Gun Safety and NextGen behind youth voter registration drive

Hundreds of thousands of people jammed Washington last month to protest gun violence in the student-led March for Our Lives. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A coalition of gun control and progressive millennial outreach groups will be mailing teenagers a present for their 18th birthday: a voter registration form.

The coalition is targeting vulnerable pro-gun Republicans in 10 states with the Our Lives, Our Vote drive and hopes to register 50,000 18- and 19-year-olds through the initiative ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Murphy Contributed to NRCC, House Candidate After His Exit
Pennsylvania congressman resigned in disgrace after sex scandal last year

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., made contributions to the National Republican Congressional Committee and to a congressional candidate in Pennsylvania. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Despite resigning from Congress in disgrace last October, Rep. Tim Murphy made major contributions to the National Republican Congressional Committee and county parties.

The Pennsylvania Republican resigned in October after it was revealed he tried to coax a woman with whom he had an affair to have an abortion.

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 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.

Podcast: Going Behind the Screen about Television Ad Reservations
Roll Call Decoder, Episode 7

The Capitol dome is seen in a reflection on a television news camera outside the Capitol on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call 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.