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West Texas Pastor Who Used Illegal Donations From Churches to Campaign for Office Is Fined $3,500

Fines issued to Scott Beard of Abilene’s Fountaingate Fellowship and two pastors follow reporting from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune that revealed the churches donated to his campaign for local office despite state and federal prohibitions.

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Senators Ask Billionaire Paul Singer and Power Broker Leonard Leo for Full Accounting of Gifts to Supreme Court Justices

The letters cite ProPublica’s reporting on an undisclosed private jet flight and Alaska fishing vacation provided to Justice Samuel Alito.

Former Kentucky Secretary of State Faces Ethics Charges

Alison Lundergan Grimes, a onetime Democratic rising star and subject of a ProPublica series, is accused of using state resources for her political advantage.

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West Texas Pastor Who Used Illegal Donations From Churches to Campaign for Office Is Fined $3,500

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What Idaho’s Republican Primary Tells Us About America’s Culture Wars

Ken Paxton Has Used Consumer Protection Law to Target These Organizations

Texas’ Attorney General Is Increasingly Using Consumer Protection Laws to Pursue Political Targets

Scenes From a MAGA Meltdown: Inside the “America First” Movement’s War Over Democracy

Kristi Noem Said She Is Proud to “Support Babies, Moms, and Families.” Her Record Shows Otherwise, Critics Say.

Help ProPublica and The Texas Tribune Report on School Board and Bond Elections in Your Community

Former Far-Right Hard-Liner Says Billionaires Are Using School Board Races to Sow Distrust in Public Education

She Campaigned for a Texas School Board Seat as a GOP Hard-Liner. Now She’s Rejecting Her Party’s Extremism.

Georgia Promised to Fix How Voter Challenges Are Handled. A New Law Could Make the Problem Worse.

Texas School Districts Violated a Law Intended to Add Transparency to Local Elections

The Influential Conservative Group Making it Harder for Idaho Districts to Fix Their Schools

As Elections Loom, Congressional Maps Challenged as Discriminatory Will Remain in Place

Documents Show Internal Clash Before U.S. Officials Pushed to Weaken Toddler Formula Rules

An Oregon Bill to Cut Millions in Timber Taxes Is Dead, Despite Backing by the Industry, the Governor and a Top Lawmaker

Idaho Resolution Would Aim to Lower Voting Threshold to Pass School Bonds

Wisconsin Picks New Legislative Maps That Would End Years of GOP Gerrymandering

El presidente mexicano López Obrador atacó nuestro artículo como “una calumnia” y a nuestro reportero como “un peón.” Aquí presentamos algunos hechos.

Mexican President López Obrador Called Our Story “Slander” and Our Reporter a “Pawn.” Here Are Some Facts.

Nevada Republicans’ Caucus Adds Chaos and Confusion to the State’s Presidential Primary

¿Entregaron los narcotraficantes millones de dólares a la primera campaña del Presidente Mexicano López Obrador?

Did Drug Traffickers Funnel Millions of Dollars to Mexican President López Obrador’s First Campaign?

Wisconsin’s Legislative Maps Are Bizarre, but Are They Illegal?

A Texas Billionaire’s Associates Are Trying to Sink a School Tax Election via Their Dark Money Nonprofit

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The Biden Interview: The President Talks About the Supreme Court, Threats to Democracy and Trump’s Vow to Exact Retribution

With Shutdown Looming, Biden Calls Out Speaker McCarthy for a “Terrible Bargain” With MAGA Republicans

Close to 100,000 Voter Registrations Were Challenged in Georgia — Almost All by Just Six Right-Wing Activists

Senators Ask Billionaire Paul Singer and Power Broker Leonard Leo for Full Accounting of Gifts to Supreme Court Justices

Wisconsin Republicans Sowed Distrust Over Elections. Now They May Push Out the State’s Top Election Official.

Texas Public Records Transparency Bill That Got Lost Amid GOP Infighting Finally Headed to Governor’s Desk

Texas Bill to Increase Transparency in Public Records Law Left in Limbo Despite Passing Legislature

Clyburn’s Role in South Carolina Redistricting May Be Examined as Supreme Court Hears Racial Gerrymandering Case

Trio of Texas Churches Donated to Political Candidate Despite Clear IRS Prohibition

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Runs for Senate Amid Stacks of Unpaid Bills

How Rep. James Clyburn Protected His District at a Cost to Black Democrats

Two Republicans Kicked Off County Election Board in North Carolina for Failing to Certify Results

Arizona Child Welfare Director Dismissed Amid GOP Attacks Speaks Out

From Penis Cookies to Spying: A Growing List of Allegations at Anchorage City Hall

It Was Good to Be Friends With the Mayor. Then the Investigations Began.

Nevada’s New Governor Vilified Lobbyist’s Influence in COVID Lab Scandal, Then Asked Him to Help With Budget

Conservative Activist Poured Millions Into Groups Seeking to Influence Supreme Court on Elections and Discrimination

Churches Are Breaking the Law by Endorsing in Elections, Experts Say. The IRS Looks the Other Way.

Tell Us How Religious Organizations in Your Area Involve Themselves in Elections

Greg Abbott’s Executive Power Play

Tim Ryan: The Working-Class-Jobs Candidate in the Era of Resentment

Election Deniers Failed to Hand Wisconsin to Trump but Have Paved the Way for Future GOP Success

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