Tag Archives: corruption

Austrian Chancellor Resigns Amid Corruption Probe

The New York Times reports: Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of Austria announced on Saturday that he would resign, days after prosecutors launched a criminal investigation into allegations he used federal money to pay off pollsters and journalists for favorable coverage. The move came amid intense pressure from all sides, with Mr. Kurz’s partners in the government, the Greens, threatening to quit …

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Ex-French President Guilty Of Illegal Campaign Funding

The Associated Press reports: French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy, who was convicted Thursday and sentenced to a year of house arrest for illegal campaign financing of his unsuccessful 2012 reelection bid, will appeal the ruling, his lawyer said. The court said Sarkozy would be allowed to serve the one-year sentence at home by wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet. Sarkozy’s lawyer, Thierry …

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South Dakota Gov Confronted Head Of State Agency After Her Daughter Was Denied Real Estate License

The Associated Press reports: Just days after a South Dakota agency moved to deny her daughter’s application to become a certified real estate appraiser, Gov. Kristi Noem summoned to her office the state employee who ran the agency, the woman’s direct supervisor and the state labor secretary. Noem’s daughter attended too. Kassidy Peters, then 26, ultimately obtained the certification in …

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Johnson Got $500M Tax Cut For His Billionaire Donors

ProPublica reports: In November 2017, with the administration of President Donald Trump rushing to get a massive tax overhaul through Congress, Sen. Ron Johnson stunned his colleagues by announcing he would vote “no.” Johnson’s demand was simple: In exchange for his vote, the bill must sweeten the tax break for a class of companies that are known as pass-throughs, since …

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DeJoy’s Former Company Lands $120M USPS Contract

The Washington Post reports: The U.S. Postal Service will pay $120 million over the next five years to a major logistics contractor that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy previously helped lead and with which his family maintains financial ties, according to DeJoy’s financial disclosure statements. The new contract will deepen the Postal Service’s relationship with XPO Logistics, where DeJoy served as …

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Vatican Court Indicts Italian Cardinal For Embezzlement

Reuters reports: A Vatican judge on Saturday ordered 10 people, including an Italian cardinal, to stand trial for alleged financial crimes including embezzlement, money laundering, fraud, extortion and abuse of office. Those indicted include Cardinal Angelo Becciu as well as the former heads of the Vatican’s financial intelligence unit and two Italian brokers involved in the Vatican’s purchase of a …

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Ohio House Expels Accused GOP Speaker In 75-21 Vote

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: It took nearly a year, but scandal-plagued Larry Householder is no longer in the legislature. The Republican at the center of the House Bill 6 bribery scheme was expelled from the Ohio House on Wednesday on a 75-21 vote, which came after months of dithering and debate among House Republicans. It marks the first time …

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Feds Re-Arrest Accused Killer Pardoned By Now-Former Kentucky Gov After $20K Donation By Suspect’s Family

Law & Crime reports: When Matt Bevin lost his 2019 re-election bid for governor, the Kentucky Republican controversially pardoned or commuted hundreds of criminal sentences on his way out the door, sparking an FBI probe. Less than two years later, federal authorities arrested one of several convicted killers pardoned by Bevin, charging him once again in connection with the same …

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GOP Texas AG To Face Fraud Trial In His Home County

The Texas Tribune reports: A panel of three justices ruled Thursday that the trial for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s felony fraud charges should be in Collin County — where he lives — instead of Harris County, after a yearslong back-and-forth over where his criminal case should be heard. The suit has loomed over Paxton for nearly his entire time …

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Inside The Weed Angle Of The Matt Gaetz Scandal

The Associated Press reports: When Rep. Matt Gaetz vacationed in the Bahamas in 2018, he was joined by a doctor who donated to his campaign and a former colleague in the Florida Legislature. The Republican congressman, Dr. Jason Pirozzolo and Halsey Beshears were united in their enjoyment of politics, fancy travel and the company of beautiful women. They also had …

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Netanyahu Accused Of Attempting “Legal Coup”

Axios reports: An Israeli cabinet meeting exploded into a shouting match today after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempted to install a loyalist as justice minister despite the attorney general’s determination that such a move was illegal. The Israeli supreme court issued an injunction to block Netanyahu’s move on Tuesday night. The court will convene on Wednesday for a hearing on …

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Netanyahu Corruption Trial Enters Evidence Phase

The Times of Israel reports: On a day of extraordinary political drama Monday, Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial entered the evidentiary stage at the Jerusalem District Court even as across town representatives of Israel’s political parties were meeting with President Reuven Rivlin to tell him whether they recommend Netanyahu remain prime minister after last month’s deadlocked election. The prime minister faces …

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FL Dems Demand New Election Over Shill Candidate

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Florida Democrats on Friday called for Republican Sen. Ileana Garcia’s resignation and for a special election to be held in Miami-Dade Senate District 37, a day after state prosecutors accused a Miami GOP operative of planting a no-party candidate to sway the outcome of the race in November. Garcia’s 2020 victory strengthened Senate Republicans’ decades-long …

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FL GOP Ex-Senator Arrested In Shill Candidate Scheme

The Miami Herald reports: Frank Artiles, the Republican political operative suspected of secretly arranging a sham candidate to run in a key 2020 state senate race, surrendered to a Miami-Dade County jail on Thursday to face felony campaign finance charges. Artiles, himself a former state senator, was seen arriving at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, along with his lawyer. …

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Cops Raid Home Of Disgraced FL GOP Ex-Senator Over Alleged Role In Planting Of “Shill” Candidate In 2020

Miami’s ABC News reports: A search warrant was executed Wednesday morning at the home of former Florida Sen. Frank Artiles as part of the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office’s investigation into whether he illegally funded a planted candidate in the November election. Sources say the warrant involves the search of his electronics, including his cell phone and computer, and the contents …

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Hospital Contradicts DeSantis On Wealthy Vaccine Site

The South Florida SunSentinel reports: Baptist Health on Friday disputed Gov. Ron DeSantis’ claim that his administration had nothing to do with the decision to send 1,200 COVID vaccine doses to Ocean Reef Club, the luxury Key Largo community at the center of controversy over whether the wealthy received privileged access to vaccines. The governor made the claim at a …

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SD Gov’s Family Took $600K In State COVID Grants

The Associated Press reports: Family members of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem received more than $600,000 in funds from a state grant program pushed by the governor that directed federal coronavirus relief funds to small businesses. A ranch belonging to Noem’s family, Racota Valley Ranch Partnership, received one payment of $500,000, and a business operated by her brothers, Rock and …

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DeSantis Gave Vax To Another Wealthy Donor Enclave

The Washington Post reports: Last week, former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) was inspired to donate a quarter-million dollars to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s war chest. The hefty donation came about a month after Rauner’s ultrawealthy and exclusive community on the northern tip of Key Largo received enough coronavirus vaccine doses for 1,200 residents over the age of 65, according …

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Ethics Panel: GOP Rep Had Campaign “Slush Fund”

The Washington Post reports: A House ethics panel says there is “substantial reason to believe” that Rep. Steven M. Palazzo (R-Miss.) misused his campaign and congressional funds, according to a report made public Monday. The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), which produced the 47-page report last summer after a months-long probe, also said that Palazzo “may have performed official actions …

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Former French President Sentenced For Corruption

The BBC reports: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and two former associates have been sentenced to three years in jail – two of them suspended – for corruption. Sarkozy, 66, was found guilty of trying to bribe a magistrate, Gilbert Azibert, by offering a prestigious job in Monaco in return for information about a criminal inquiry into his political party. …

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