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Rising Stars 2017: Advocates
On the front lines in a new era

Seven advocates made the CQ Roll Call’s list of Rising Stars of 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

All this week, CQ Roll Call has been looking at 17 Rising Stars of 2017 — people who will now wield power and influence in a Washington that has been turned upside down by the presidency of Donald Trump.

Some of the names are familiar, others have recently burst on the scene. They include members of Congress, congressional and administration staffers, and advocates.

Chaffetz Challenger Outraises Him By More Than 3-1
Democrat Kathryn Allen raised $561,000 since getting into the race in last month

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, conducts the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee meeting to organize for the 115th Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s Democratic challenger outraised him by a more than 3-1 margin in the first quarter of the year.

Kathryn Allen, a physician who announced in March she would challenge Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, raised $561,000 compared with Chaffetz’s $171,000, The Associated Press reported.

Tom Reed Turns Town Hall Turmoil Into Record Haul
Upstate New York congressman appeals to ‘silent majority’ after protesters disrupt meetings

Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., posted his best fundraising haul last quarter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New York Republican Rep. Tom Reed raised $585,282 after facing angry protesters at town hall meetings when other upstate Republicans were avoiding them.

Reed's quarterly fundraising haul was a personal high and doubled the amount raised by any other member from upstate New York, New York Upstate reported.

Lujan Grisham Raises Nearly $900K for Governor’s Race
Outraises rivals, prospective rivals in New Mexico

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., reported $741,229 in cash on hand. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced she outraised her potential rivals for her New Mexico gubernatorial bid.

Grisham raised $892,744 in a six-month period, compared to $211,569 for potential Democratic rivals state Attorney General Hector Balderas, who has not announced if he’ll run, and state Sen. Joe Cervantes, who reported loaning himself $197,000. 

Stockman Says He Can’t Afford a Lawyer
Ex-Texas congressman accused of using charitable donations illegally

Former Rep. Steve Stockman said he can’t work because his job requires international travel and he surrendered his passport to authorities. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, accused of helping to steal $800,000 in charitable contributions, told a federal magistrate Wednesday that he can no longer afford his boutique lawyers because he has only $17 in his bank account.

Stockman, 60, who vacated his House seat in 2014 after an unsuccessful bid to knock off Sen. John Cornyn in the Texas Republican primary, owns a home, a rental property and two vans, according to the newspaper’s account of court testimony. His wife earns $6,000 a month. But he told U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson that he had exhausted his assets during the lengthy investigation and had to dismiss the lawyers from an elite Texas law firm who had been representing him, the Houston Chronicle reported. 

Plea Deal Reveals Stockman Accused of Stealing $775,000
Former staffer testifies that former congressman scammed two charitable organizations

Court documents in a plea deal for a onetime staffer for former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, claims the former congressman scammed nearly $800,000 from two charitable organizations. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Testimony in a plea deal from a onetime aide to former Texas Rep. Steve Stockman puts the total of money he is accused of taking from charitable contributions close to $800,000.

Stockman was arrested last week as he was getting on a plane in Houston and charged with campaign funds violations. He was later released on $25,000 bond and forced to surrender his passport.

Obama Vet Joins Push for Public Servants in Congress
David Heifetz is the chief communications officer at New Politics

New Politics backed Democrat Seth Moulton, left, of Massachusetts, and Wisconsin Republican Mike Gallagher in their congressional races last year. Both served in the Marine Corps. (Bill Clark/Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photos)

David Heifetz cleaned out his desk at the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in January and joined the effort to get public servants elected to office.

Heifetz, 28, who had written speeches for former President Barack Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett since August 2015, is now the chief communications officer of New Politics, a nonprofit that recruits and consults with candidates from public service backgrounds to run for public office.

Poll Shows Ossoff Increases Lead in Georgia Race to Replace Price
Comes as conservatives grapple with Republican replacement for Obamacare

A new poll from a conservative-leaning outfit shows Democrat Jon Ossoff increasing his support among voters in the race to replace former Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price. (Photo by Dustin Chambers, Courtesy Jon Ossoff for Congress)

A new poll shows that Democrat Jon Ossoff has strengthened his lead in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District race, and the race tightening among Republicans.

A poll by the conservative website zpolitics and Clout Research shows Ossof leading with 41 percent of the support of those polled. But it also shows that former Secretary of State Karen Handel and fellow Republican Bob Gray are nearly tied, with Handel at 16.1 percent and Gray at 15.6 percent.

Former Rep. Stockman Arrested on Election Law Charges
Accused of funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to personal account

Former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, served two terms in the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman was jailed Thursday on charges of violating federal election law during his last term in office.

Stockman was brought into court shackled and handcuffed, KPRC-TV in Houston reported and bail was set at $25,000. A conviction could send Stockman to federal prison.

Ethics Watchdogs Make a Career of It
Norm Eisen and Richard Painter are among Trump’s most vocal critics

Norm Eisen served as former President Barack Obama’s ethics czar. (Courtesy Brookings.edu)

Norm Eisen, Barack Obama’s White House ethics czar, was such a stickler for enforcing the rules that even some colleagues privately expressed relief when he traipsed off to Prague for an ambassadorship.

Now, people can’t get enough of him.