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Former Fiesta Bowl chief sentenced in scheme

March 13, 2013
Associated Press

PHOENIX — A former longtime Fiesta Bowl chief executive was sentenced to eight months in federal prison on Thursday after acknowledging that he participated in an illegal campaign contribution scheme.

John Junker was sentenced after pleading guilty two years ago to a conspiracy charge in the scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the nonprofit bowl.

Bowl employees were reimbursed at least $46,000 for such contributions.

Chronicle exclusive: Campaign finances dog Stockman

November 3, 2013
Houston Chronicle

Congressman says he fired two staffers after reports of improper contributions

By Will Tucker and Lise Olsen

Rep. Steve Stockman has fired two congressional staffers after disclosures that both made prohibited contributions to his campaign.

The incident is the latest in a string of controversial episodes that have dogged Stockman's political campaigns over the past two decades.

California fines groups $16 million for funneling money to campaigns

October 25, 2013
LA Times

The record penalties cap a yearlong investigation into secretive political groups that bankrolled two of the biggest conservative election causes last year.

By Chris Megerian and Anthony York

SACRAMENTO — California officials are imposing a record $16 million in penalties on secretive political groups that funneled money into initiative campaigns in 2012, ending a yearlong investigation that showed gaps in state disclosure laws.

Follow the money: Citadel's Ken Griffin and the Illinois GOP

April 18, 2012
Crain's
Back in the bad old days after the arrest of Rod Blagojevich, state lawmakers approved new limits on campaign donations, a move designed to take some of the wildness out of Illinois politics.

City Comptroller’s Campaign Treasurer Arrested on Fraud Charges

February 28, 2012
New York Times

By DAVID W. CHEN and BENJAMIN WEISER
 
The campaign treasurer for John C. Liu, the city comptroller, was charged with fraud and obstruction of justice on Tuesday as an expanding federal investigation of the comptroller’s fund-raising reached inside Mr. Liu’s inner circle for the first time.

The treasurer, Jia Hou, 25, is accused of helping to funnel illegal campaign money to Mr. Liu by using straw donors and impeding investigators’ efforts to gather information about the fund-raising.

Perry aides told different stories in lawsuit

September 29, 2011
Reuters

By Murray Waas and Peter Henderson

(Reuters) - Contradictions in sworn statements about Rick Perry's fundraising for his 2006 reelection bid raise questions about whether aides to the Texas governor, who is now running for president, gave false or misleading testimony under oath.

In a civil suit later filed by Chris Bell, Perry's Democratic challenger in that race, the testimony of aides David Carney and Deirdre Delisi was directly contradicted by a sworn statement from Perry's own gubernatorial campaign committee.

F.B.I. Arrests Man Said to Be a Front for Donations

July 19, 2011
New York Times

By Charlie Savage and Eric Schmitt

The Justice Department said that the government of Pakistan, including elements of its intelligence service, has been secretly funneling campaign contributions for years to members of Congress, presidential campaigns, and federal campaign committees, often through an activist working on Kashmiri issues who was arrested by the F.B.I. on Tuesday.

Railroad executive charged with campaign law violations

April 11, 2011
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Daniel Bice

Railroad executive William E. Gardner was charged Monday morning with two felony counts of violating campaign finance laws for reimbursing his employees for making donations in political contests, including to Gov. Scott Walker in last year's governor's race.