News: Trump Administration

GOP Law Enforcement Chiefs Invited Donors To Help Set Policy Via Secret Bulletin Board
An association of top Republican law enforcement officials has created a secret online bulletin board called the "Briefing Room" that's allowing big donors to help shape legal policy, according to records reviewed by MapLight and The Intercept.
Amid Secrecy Dispute, Fistful of Schedule B Forms Shows Power of Big Political Dollars
A heavily redacted section in AAN’s annual tax return known as a Schedule B shows the conservative organization made it through an entire year without receiving a single donation smaller than $5,000. The AAN reported receiving almost $14.6 million in contributions and grants during its 2015-16 tax year, with a single $5.9 million contribution amounting for more than one-third of all donations.
Key Dark Money Figure Takes Reins Of RNC Treasury
An influential financier who opposed Donald Trump’s campaign before swinging the support of one of the largest dark money organizations in the nation to the president has been named to take over the finances of the Republican National Committee.
Koch-Linked Dark Money Organization Declines Release of 2014, 2015 Contributions List
A week after announcing its refusal to release a section of its 2016 tax return that could be used to determine the number of large donations it received, the flagship political organization of the billionaire libertarian Koch brothers indicated it would also attempt to shield basic information about its 2014 and 2015 contributions from public view.
Republican AGs Formed “Working Group” To Partner With Trump Administration
Top Republican state law enforcement officials have created a "working group" to partner with the Trump administration as it attempts to roll back federal regulations, according to documents obtained by MapLight.
Koch-Linked Dark Money Organization Seals 2016 Tax Return Section From Public Scrutiny
Americans for Prosperity, the flagship political vehicle of billionaire libertarian brothers Charles and David Koch, is refusing to disclose a section of its 2016 tax return that would reveal amounts donated by individual contributors. MapLight has filed a formal complaint with the IRS.
Foreign Lobbyists Contributed More Than $4.5 Million to Candidates in 2016 Elections
Data compiled by MapLight and the International Business Times illustrates that foreign government lobbyists are delivering millions of dollars of campaign cash to elected officials in Washington.
Nation’s Biggest Lobbying Organization Plans 2018 Meeting At Trump-Owned Miami Resort
Executives at U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s most powerful business lobby, will meet at a Trump hotel in Miami next year, according to the organization’s website. Since Trump’s inauguration, the chamber has spent almost $40 million lobbying the administration, including the White House and the president’s top advisors.
Average Trump Cabinet Member Stands to Gain Potential $313K From Tax Repeal
Legislation being debated this week by the U.S. Senate could save top members of the Trump administration an average of six figures on their annual tax bills if it includes a full repeal of former President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law, according to a MapLight analysis.
Watchdogs: HHS Secretary Tom Price May Have Violated Election Rules To Get His Job
Two campaign finance watchdog organizations said Friday that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price may have violated federal election rules by paying a company linked to an organization that boosted his Cabinet nomination.