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Thursday, July 20, 2017
Robert Faturechi
Tom Price

Tom Price’s $150,000-Plus Stock Windfall

Price invested about $10,000 in 2015 and another $50,000 to $100,000 in the company last summer, records show. He appears to have sold all those shares on two days in February, reaping between $265,000 and $550,000, according to forms he filed last month with the federal Office of Government Ethics.

April 4, 2017
Tom Price

Tom Price Intervened On Rule That Would Hurt Drug Profits, The Same Day He Acquired Drug Stock

On the same day the stockbroker for then-Georgia Congressman Tom Price bought him up to $90,000 of stock in six pharmaceutical companies last year, Price arranged to call a top U.S. health official, seeking to scuttle a controversial rule that could have hurt the firms’ profits and driven down their share prices, records obtained by ProPublica show.

April 1, 2017
Trump, Sessions, Preet Bharara

Democratic Senators Ask Attorney General Sessions to Explain Preet Bharara Firing

Senators Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, and Richard Blumenthal referred to a ProPublica story, which cited a source saying that Preet Bharara was overseeing an investigation of HHS Secretary Tom Price’s trading in health stocks. They asked whether Attorney General Sessions, President Trump or other officials in the Justice Department or White House were aware of such a probe before they removed Bharara, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan.

March 28, 2017
Preet Bharara

Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Said To Have Been Investigating HHS Secretary Tom Price

Tom Price, head of the Department of Health and Human Services, came under scrutiny during his confirmation hearings for investments he made while serving in Congress. The Georgia lawmaker traded hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of shares in health-related companies, even as he voted on and sponsored legislation affecting the industry.

March 18, 2017
State capitals, republican

Conservatives Plot Their Course On The Rising ‘Sea Of Red’ In State Capitals

After the election, an influential advocacy group met to discuss how to leverage the extraordinary shift of power to Republicans in the rest of the country. Group members said they would push bills to reduce corporate taxes, weaken unions, privatize schooling and influence the ideological debate on college campuses.

January 9, 2017
Newt, Trump, Republican

What Newt Gingrich Really Thinks Of Donald Trump

“National Review’s right. Donald Trump’s not a conservative.” Instead, Gingrich characterized him as “an American nationalist” who uses a deliberately unpredictable mix of hostility against “stupidity,” liberals and political correctness.

July 14, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Trump addresses an audience at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta

Trump Taps Consultant Accused Of Defrauding PAC To Lead Colorado Campaign

Davis denied all allegations of wrongdoing, saying he was trying to clean up a troubled PAC. But according to records and interviews, Davis pushed for much of the group’s nearly $3 million to go to organizations run by him or his close associates.

July 1, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump waits to come into the spin room with his wife Melania after the Republican U.S. presidential candidates debate sponsored by ABC News at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Super PACs And Trump’s Wife: How A Photo Dispute Highlights Weakness In Campaign Finance Rules

There’s no evidence to support Donald Trump’s claim that Ted Cruz played a role in a super PAC’s attack on his wife. But federal rules barring coordination between candidates and the super PACs that support them have been so rarely enforced that even if Trump were right, it’s uncertain the Cruz campaign would be penalized.

March 31, 2016

A Kansas Group’s Push To Oust Judges Reveals A Gap In Campaign Finance Rules

Learn more about this “particularly egregious form of dark money.”

October 27, 2014

Chinese Hackers Allegedly Used ‘Spearphishing’ To Steal Secrets

By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times Much of the damage allegedly inflicted by the Chinese military officers charged with economic espionage this week came via email scams. But the strategy, as described in a federal indictment, was far more sophisticated than the common “Nigerian prince” email blast. Instead of sending out thousands of generic scam […]

May 21, 2014