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Brooks Declines to Endorse Moore or Strange After Conceding Defeat
Congressman announces he will seek re-election after finishing third in Senate race

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., finished third after receiving 20 percent of the vote in the Republican primary Tuesday for Alabama's special election to the U.S. Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Mo Brooks is moving on after a distant third-place finish in the Republican primary on Tuesday for the Alabama Senate special election.

And Brooks is doing that without endorsing either of the two men, Judge Roy Moore and appointed Sen. Luther Strange, who beat him to enter a runoff on Sept. 26 to decide the GOP nominee.

Who Did Former Members of Trump’s Manufacturing Council Donate to?
None made contributions to Trump, but many hedged their bets on both parties

Merck Pharma CEO Kenneth Frazier, right, was the first of four CEOs to resign from President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council after the president’s remarks on the demonstration and violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. (Win McNamee/Getty Images file photo)

An analysis of political contributions of the four CEOs who resigned from President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council after his Charlottesville remarks show they are deep-pocketed donors who have contributed to both parties.

Notably, none of them donated to the president’s 2016 campaign, as many major business donors were wary of then-candidate Trump.

Pearce Sues State to Use Campaign Cash for Governor Run
Can currently use only $5,500 from congressional campaign funds

Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., argues in a lawsuit that New Mexico's Secretary of State is acting in a partisan manner in limiting how much of his congressional campaign funds can be used in his run for governor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Steve Pearce is suing New Mexico’s Democratic Secretary of State to use his $1 million congressional campaign war chest for his gubernatorial bid. 

Maggie Toulouse Oliver told Pearce the state’s campaign contribution limits allow him to use only $5,500 from his federal campaign for his primary race, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

Labrador Takes Wife Off Campaign Payroll
Idaho Republican is a candidate for governor

Idaho Rep. Raúl R. Labrador announced his campaign for governor in May (Bill Clark/Roll Call file photo)

Idaho Rep. Raúl R. Labrador took his wife off his campaign payroll this year for the first time since taking office in 2011, a review of the congressman’s FEC reports shows.

The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review confirmed that Rebecca Johnson Labrador, who has kept the books for her husband since his first term in 2011, has not been paid this year by Labrador’s House campaign fund or the GOP lawmaker’s campaign for governor, which he launched and filed with the FEC in May.

FEC Suing Former Rep. Rivera
Alleges he used unreported campaign funds to prop up spoiler candidate in primary

The FEC alleges former Rep. David Rivera used unreported funds to try to prop up a spoiler candidate in the Democratic primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

FEC Votes to Allow Campaign Cash for Security
House members could use funds for “nonstructural” security systems

Capitol Police have investigated more threats to members of Congress this year than they did in all of last year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Federal Election Commission on Thursday approved by voice vote a request to allow House members to use campaign contributions for certain types of security.

The action by the five commission members follows the shooting at a Republican baseball practice last month, in which House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded, along with four others. 

DNC Targets Louisiana, Cassidy on Medicaid Expansion
State has one of the largest populations to benefit from program

A Democratic National Committee ad directed at Louisiana and Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy’s vote tells the story of how one single mother in Baton Rouge has benefitted from the state’s Medicaid expansion. (DNC via YouTube)

The Democratic National Committee is launching an ad campaign in Louisiana specifically focusing on Medicaid and putting pressure on one of its senators’ vote on the Republican health care bill.

The ad by the DNC features a single mom named Krista who has three children — one of whom has autism, the other with seizures, and the youngest with behavioral problems — who benefited from Medicaid expansion in the state.

Human Rights Campaign Announces $26 Million Midterm Push
Plans to go ‘beyond resistance’ against Trump and Republicans

President of the Human Rights Campaign Chad Griffin said his group plans to focus on “pro-equality candidates and initiatives.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Report: Manafort Donated to Rohrabacher After Meeting
Details revealed after Trump’s former campaign chairman filed as a foreign agent

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman,registered with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort made a donation to California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher three days after a meeting, according to Bloomberg.

The donation was revealed in documents Manafort filed with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Disgraced Lobbyist Abramoff Registers as Foreign Agent
Lawyer: Abramoff ‘is not on probation and is not the subject of any ongoing investigation’

After leaving Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C. in 2006, Jack Abramoff, waits to leave the premises, after entering a plea agreement on three felony charges. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The conviction of Jack Abramoff, perhaps the most infamous modern K Street character, apparently wasn’t the end of the Justice Department’s interest in the former hot-shot lobbyist.

Abramoff, who was sentenced to prison in 2008 on federal corruption and other charges, recently filed a retroactive foreign agent lobbying registration for unpaid — and unsuccessful — work aimed at helping the Republic of Congo arrange a meeting with President Donald Trump, new DOJ filings showed.