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May 25 27 tweets 6 min read
May 24 24 tweets 7 min read
Mitch McConnell is horrified, heartbroken, and praying Joni Ernst's heart is with Texas
Apr 20 4 tweets 3 min read
House Ethics Committee Is Investigating Texas Republican Pat Fallon

for @forbes… @Forbes The ethics committee did not disclose why it was investigating Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas).

But his office said the query involved his failure to report stock trades within the time required by the STOCK Act.

Apr 20 11 tweets 8 min read
Some highlights from the latest issue of Checks & Imbalances, @Forbes's free newsletter on money and politics.

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1/… @Forbes Trump’s PAC pays Trump’s club $318,000 in one fell swoop

(Would ❤️ to have heard the negotiations about this rental.)

Mar 18 4 tweets 3 min read
Last week, we learned the CEO of the bank that gave Donald Trump a new $100 million mortgage on Trump Tower is a political supporter.

Turns out, the chair of the title insurer is a political backer too.

for @Forbes

1/… @Forbes This news, BTW, went out to subscribers of Checks & Imbalances last night.

Become one too. It's free.

Mar 18 5 tweets 5 min read
A campaign filing the NRA’s PAC made last week confirmed that the group did indeed suffer a ransomware attack last fall.

for @Forbes

1/… @Forbes In October 2021, a Russian cybercriminal group called Grief claimed to have hacked the NRA and posted 13 of the organization’s files to a site on the dark web.

@kevincollier for @NBCNews

Mar 17 5 tweets 4 min read
Update: @Forbes' tracker of Donald Trump's legal problems now includes a suit brought by tenants of rent-controlled buildings once owned by Fred Trump.

It's just 1 of now 34 investigations and lawsuits we're monitoring.… @Forbes Six or so cases and investigations were updated in @Forbes' rundown of all Trump's legal problems.

Mar 9 7 tweets 5 min read
New: Trump refinances $100 million mortgage on Trump Tower—with a bank headed by a political supporter

for @Forbes… @Forbes The financing for the new $100 million mortgage on Trump Tower came from Axos Bank.

@AxosBank CEO Gregory Garrabrants has contributed $50,000 to Republican campaigns, including $9,600 in support of Trump.

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Mar 7 8 tweets 4 min read
GOP Donor Seeking Bankruptcy Protection For His Home Walked Daughter Down The Aisle At Mar-a-Lago

for @Forbes… @Forbes Remember Richard Kofoed?

He's the serial entrepreneur who—

💰 filed for personal bankruptcy

💰 was accused of embezzling millions

💰 donated $800,000 to GOP

💰 moved next door to Mar-a-Lago

💰 filed for bankruptcy for LLC that owns his CA home

Jan 12 14 tweets 11 min read
Former Rep. John Ratcliffe’s campaign paid $11,000 to the firm that designed his new personal website.

The expenditure could violate @FEC rules.

Here's how @forbes was able to report the story—

1/… @FEC @Forbes In July 2021, a tipster pointed out that Trump's former DNI John Ratcliffe was paying his wife $3,000/month to manage the books of his old campaign.

FEC filings confirmed it, and we reported it.

Jan 11 9 tweets 9 min read
Former Rep. John Ratcliffe’s campaign paid $11,000 to the firm that designed his new personal website.

@Forbes found no evidence that firm did any work on behalf of Ratcliffe’s old campaign.

The expenditure could violate @FEC rules.

1/… @Forbes @FEC John Ratcliffe's old campaign has paid his wife $30,000 to manage its books, as @Forbes reported last week.

Dec 10, 2021 19 tweets 12 min read
Yesterday @Forbes published one of the wildest stories I've ever worked on:

"Trump Donor Allegedly Used Embezzled Money To Support The Former President’s Campaign And Lead A Lavish Lifestyle"

Here's how it came about—

1/… @Forbes All of the facts and allegations in this article were available (that is, it was an open-source investigation). #osint

It was just a matter of finding them.

Oct 5, 2021 21 tweets 36 min read
A Facebook whistleblower is about to testify before a Senate subcommittee on protecting kids online.

11 of the panel's 12 members have accepted political contributions from @Facebook.

1/… @Facebook Watch Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testify before the Senate subcommittee here:

Oct 5, 2021 6 tweets 5 min read
Political contributions From Facebook's top brass exceed $3.9 million

vi @forbes

1/… @Forbes .@Facebook lists 24 executives on its website.

21 of them have donated to US political campaigns.

The contributions total $3.9 million.

Sep 25, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
Democrat on powerful House Ways and Means Committee apparently violated stock-trade rules

for @Forbes… @Forbes Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) disclosed more than $6 million in trades going back to January 2017 in a disclosure filed this week.

The STOCK Act requires lawmakers report securities transactions with 45 days.

Sep 22, 2021 7 tweets 5 min read
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) used campaign funds to pay rent.

She says she reimbursed the money.

for @Forbes… @Forbes In Aug., the FEC asked @laurenboebert's campaign for details about personal expenses she'd paid via Venmo but said she'd later reimbursed her campaign for

Yesterday, Boebert's campaign provided the info—

It was for rent and utilities.

Sep 16, 2021 11 tweets 12 min read
A Florida GOP group fights against vaccine mandates and for election integrity.

It just told the FEC it might miss a campaign-filing deadline because its bookkeeper died from Covid-19.

for @Forbes… @Forbes The Hillsborough County Republican Party Executive Committee's @Facebook page rails against mask mandates, vaccine requirements, and lockdowns.

And it is very much concerned with election integrity.

Sep 14, 2021 6 tweets 5 min read
New: Why Rep. Ilhan Omar’s book deal hasn’t appeared on her financial disclosures—

She hasn't made any money from it, according to her agent.

for @Forbes… @Forbes Around the time Rep. @Ilhan (D-Minn.) entered Congress in 2019, she signed a book deal in the $100,000 to $250,000 range, reported @raquelita for @Forbes.

Aug 27, 2021 21 tweets 9 min read
Last night I was banned for life from the Trump Hotel DC. It was my first (and apparently) last time getting kicked out of the Trump Hotel DC. 2/
Aug 20, 2021 5 tweets 4 min read
Facing investigation over stock trades, Sen. Richard Burr received money for defense from 37 other lawmakers

(for @forbes) 1/ @Forbes Lawmakers and their PACs have kicked in $280,000 to @SenatorBurr's legal defense fund, according to disclosures @Forbes recently obtained.

Mar 10, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
Looks like Rep. Matt Gaetz's (R-FL) campaign dropped $3,666 at the Camp David gift shop.

ttps:// ImageImage Camp David gift shop seems to be a popular with GOP lawmakers' campaigns. Image