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Flake Cuts Check for Doug Jones in Alabama Senate Race
Tweets ‘country over party’

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., arrives in the Capitol for the Senate Republicans lunch with President Donald Trump on Nov. 28. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Outgoing Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake tweeted a picture of a $100 check made out to Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones’ campaign in Alabama.

Flake, who has frequently criticized Republican candidate Roy Moore, posted a picture of the check saying simply “Country over party.”

County Democratic Party Files FEC Complaint Against Bishop
Says his PAC failed to disclose at least $1,000 in contributions, Bishop campaign calls complaint ‘bogus’

A spokesman for Michigan Rep. Mike Bishop’s campaign called a complaint by a county Democratic party “absolutely bogus.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democratic Party in Livingston County, Michigan, has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Republican Rep. Mike Bishop’s political action committee.

The county party alleged in its complaint that Bishop filed his reports late and failed to disclose at least $1,000 in political contributions in the past 13 months, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Texas Democrats on Pelosi’s Help: Meh
Senate and House hopefuls unite in calls for new party leadership

Support from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is an afterthought for the Democratic hopefuls in Texas' 23rd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When it comes to support from their party’s House leader, Texas Democratic hopefuls can take it or leave it.

In Texas’ 23rd District, all four Democrats running against Republican Rep. Will Hurd were at best lukewarm in their enthusiasm for a potential endorsement from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — with some suggesting they would not welcome the California Democrat’s help.

Rick Scott Faces Lawsuit Over Financial Disclosures
Florida governor and potential Senate candidate’s spokesman calls it a ‘publicity stunt’

Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., would be the Republican front-runner if he enters the 2018 Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott weighs a potential challenge to Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in 2018, he will have to stamp out a new lawsuit accusing him of breaking state laws that require him to release his financial holdings.

Don Hinkle, a Tallahassee lawyer and top fundraiser for Barack Obama, alleged in court that Scott has hidden his personal finances in a blind trust and family trust. Scott last reported his net worth to be $149 million in the summer.

O’Rourke Hosts 110 Barbecues in One Day for Senate Campaign
Cruz challenger attends virtually via YouTube Live

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, to combine 'cue and tech in his Senate campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Beto O'Rourke is blending time-tested strategies with new ones in his campaign to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018.

The Texas Democrat deployed a classic grassroots initiative by hosting a slate of more than 100 barbecues all over Texas last Saturday. But he brought that good ol’ Texas hospitality to constituents from behind his computer, via YouTube Live.

Conservative Group Files Ethics Complaint Against Kihuen
Says freshman legislator inappropriately solicited campaign donations

A conservative watchdog group says Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., mixed touting a congressional accomplishment with a solicitation for money.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A conservative watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Nevada Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen.

The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, known as FACT, cited a fundraising email from the freshman legislator touting his support for current legislation as well as used Congressional resources, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Brady Aides Charged In Payoff Scheme
Part of a larger investigation into campaign paying 2012 primary challenger to drop out of race

Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pa., walks down the House steps following a series of votes on Thursday, April 19, 2012. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two aides to Pennsylvania Rep. Robert A. Brady were charged as part of a larger federal probe of his campaign paying a 2012 primary challenger $90,000 to drop out of the race.

Ken Smukler and Donald “D.A.” Jones are charged with making illegal campaign contributions on Brady’s behalf. The two were also charged with conspiring to hide money in the campaign finance reports of primary challenger Jimmie Moore, a former Philadelphia Municipal Court judge, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Meet the Challengers Who Outraised House Incumbents
Some Democrats raised two to three times more than GOP lawmakers in third quarter

Democrat Anthony Brindisi raised more money during the third quarter than GOP freshman Rep. Claudia Tenney in New York’s 22nd District. (Tom Williams/Roll Call)

Nearly one year out from the 2018 midterms, challengers outraised nearly 30 percent of the incumbents in competitive races during the third quarter.

Sixteen Republican incumbents in competitive races raised less than their Democratic challengers during the third quarter. One Democratic incumbent was outraised by a GOP challenger.

Hatch Raises $936K Amid Re-Election Speculation
Previously said he would not seek an additional term

From left, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., participate in the Congressional GOP media availability to unveil the GOP tax reform plan in the Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Orrin Hatch raised $936,992 in the most recent fundraising quarter amid speculation about whether he will seek an eighth term.

After re-election in 2012, the Utah Republican said this term would be his last. But Donald Trump’s election and the prospect of tax reform made the Senate’s most senior Republican reconsider.

Judge Rules That Robert Menendez Will Face All Charges
New Jersey Democrat was seeking dismissal of corruption counts

Sen. Robert Menendez is seen during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting Oct. 5, his first day back to the Hill since his corruption trial started. (Tom Williams/Roll Call)

Updated: 12:49 p.m. | A jury will hear corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez after all, leaving intact federal prosecutors’ case against the New Jersey Democrat. 

U.S. District Court Judge William H. Walls said the evidence the Justice Department presented in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, appeared to meet the legal test for proving bribery under federal law, NBC News reported.