News: Trump Administration

Why Michael Cohen’s Campaign Law Violations Are Crimes
MapLight Senior Fellow and former Federal Election Commission Chair Ann M. Ravel traces the purpose of campaign finance laws following Michael Cohen's guilty plea to having knowingly provided payments in order to influence the election.
Dark Money Group Leading Kavanaugh Confirmation Not Authorized To Operate In D.C.
The secretive dark money organization leading the campaign to confirm President Donald Trump’s latest Supreme Court pick hasn’t been authorized to operate in Washington, D.C., for much of the past year.
IRS Announces Policy Shift Allowing Dark Money Nonprofits to Go Almost Pitch-Black
The Treasury Department announced late Monday that it will stop requiring 501(c)(4) and (c)(6) nonprofit organizations to provide the names of their donors to the Internal Revenue Service.
Infant Formula Makers Sweetened Mother’s Milk of Politics With $60 Million in Lobbying Funds
Three of the largest infant formula companies -- U.S.-based Abbott Laboratories, Swiss-based Nestle, and U.K.-based Reckitt Benckiser -- have spent $60.7 million lobbying U.S. lawmakers and officials during the last decade.
Countries Hosting Trump Businesses Have Added Lobbyists at Rapid Pace Since Inauguration
More than one-third of lobbyists who have registered as foreign agents with the Justice Department since President Donald Trump took office are representing countries with Trump-related business interests.
Four Things to Know About the Next Supreme Court Fight
The public may never know whose money helped secure Gorsuch’s confirmation -- or whose money will ensure a lifetime appointment to the next Trump nominee.
Tobacco Money Fuels Controversial Pro-Trump Policy Group
The country’s second-biggest tobacco company has been a top funder of the controversial “dark money” organization created to promote President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda,
Seven Candidates-Turned-Trump Cabinet Members Continue Spending Campaign Funds
Seven current or former members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet have spent almost $450,000 in political campaign funds since being confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Chris Christie Blocks Disclosure Of His Office’s Emails With Jared Kushner’s Company
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is blocking requests for copies of his office’s correspondence with the real estate company previously managed by Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law.
Trump Judicial Adviser Linked To $1 Million Anonymous Inaugural Donation
A conservative lawyer who advises President Donald Trump on judicial nominations appears to be linked to an anonymous limited liability company that donated $1 million to the Trump inaugural committee, according to campaign finance records.