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Democratic Challenger Wants Rohrabacher to Return Manafort Contribution
Hans Keirstead said 2013 donation is ‘tainted’

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., stands outside of the Senate Republicans' policy lunch waiting for President Donald Trump to arrive in the Capitol last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

One of California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s Democratic challengers is calling on him to return money from former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was indicted on charges related to the Russia investigation on Monday.

Hans Keirstead, a stem cell researcher who is one of several candidates challenging the Republican incumbent, said Manafort’s contribution to Rohrabacher’s campaign is “tainted.”

Gosar’s Brother Calls Him ‘an Embarrassment’
Congressman espoused conspiracy theories about Charlottesville violence

Rep. Paul Gosar’s family said he should apologize to progressive billionaire George Soros for saying he collaborated with the Nazis in his youth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photos)

Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar’s family continued criticizing his conspiracy theories with his brother calling the lawmaker “an embarrassment.”

Gosar’s brother David criticized the congressman for espousing conspiracy theories about racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and that progressive megadonor George Soros was behind the operation, Phoenix New Times reported.

Gosar Says ‘Fake News’ When Challenged on Charlottesville Claims
Congressman’s brothers and sisters write letter demanding he apologize to Soros

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., has suggested that the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was a false flag funded by liberal donor George Soros. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Paul Gosar walked away from an interview, shouting “fake news” when he was pressed by a CNN reporter about his claims that the racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, might haven been a left-wing plot.

In an interview with Vice News earlier this month, Gosar said the person who organized the “Unite the Right” rally “an Obama sympathizer.”

Women — and the Power of the Purse — Will Be Key in 2018
Female donors are skyrocketing and more women are considering runs

From left, Reps. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Katherine M. Clark of Massachusetts and Joyce Beatty of Ohio raise their fists during a photo op for the House Democratic women on Jan. 4. (Cliff Owen/AP file photo)

Democratic lobbyist Anne MacMillan recalls sitting at small political fundraising dinners not long ago, with men filling all the chairs around her.

“Generally, the conversation would circle around hunting or fishing or golf, or something I couldn’t even participate in,” said MacMillan, a former aide to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Peyton Manning, Former NFL Players Back Gonzalez in Ohio
Ex-Indianapolis Colts wideout Anthony Gonzalez works NFL connections for big donations

Former Ohio State University football standout and NFL wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez has earned the support of NFL friends and some experienced GOP operatives. (Courtesy Anthony Gonzalez for Congress/Facebook)

Former NFL wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez stopped collecting passes from Peyton Manning when Manning left for the Denver Broncos in 2011.

Now Gonzalez is collecting campaign money from his former quarterback.

Opinion: Harvey Weinstein and the GOP’s Guilt-By-Association Game
A sense of proportion — and less hypocrisy — would be nice

President Donald Trump is among the many politicians who have crossed paths with Harvey Weinstein. Melania Trump, the future president, Georgina Chapman (Weinstein’s now-estranged wife) and Weinstein were photographed together at an after party for the New York premiere of the movie “NINE.” President Trump recently told reporters that he’s known Weinstein a long time and was not surprised by allegations of sexual misconduct against him. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for the Weinstein Company)

The odds are high that this autumn members of Congress — maybe both Democrats and Republicans — will pocket campaign contributions from Americans who will later be engulfed in scandal. The besmirched political donors could be exposed as Ponzi scheme promoters, corrupt corporate executives, crooked lawyers or sex offenders.

Amid the predictable uproar when the news stories break, there will be loud partisan cries to return all campaign contributions from these disgraced figures. And so congressional incumbents will scramble to explain a half-forgotten $2,700 check from a fundraiser and a hastily scrawled “To My Dear Friend ...” inscription on a photograph from the event.

Schilling Fundraising for GOP Senate Hopeful in Massachusetts
Retired MLB star turned Breitbart radio host to appear at two fundraising events next week

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is headlining two fundraisers for a Massachusetts Republican Senate hopeful. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images File Photo)

Former Boston Red Sox star pitcher Curt Schilling is using his Beantown prestige to help raise money for a Republican Senate hopeful in Massachusetts.

Schilling is throwing his weight behind state Rep. Geoff Diehl, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the 2018 election.

Walz to Donate NRA Money to Charity
Comes after his record on guns is hit by gubernatorial primary rival

Rep. Tim Walz speaks with guests during a campaign event for Rep. Rick Nolan at the University of Minnesota Duluth in October 2016.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Challengers Find Fundraising Success Outside Their Districts
Eleven Democrats have raised nearly all their money from other parts of their states — and beyond

Democrat Bryan Caforio is challenging Republican Rep. Steve Knight for the second time in California’s 25th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats are energized. They’re running for Congress. And they’re raising money — lots of it.

And for nearly a dozen Democratic challengers who have raised at least $50,000 in individual contributions worth at least $200 each during the first half of this year, more than 90 percent of the money raised came from outside their districts, a Roll Call review of Federal Election Commission data found.

Menendez Trial Opens: Prosecutors Say He ‘Sold His Office’
Menendez attorney says government has no evidence he took bribes

Sens. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is currently facing a corruption trial. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Prosecutors opened the corruption trial of New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez saying he “sold his office for a lifestyle he couldn’t afford” to achieve favors for campaign donor Salomon Melgen. 

Menendez is accused of using his influence as a senator to assist the Florida opthamologist in securing visas for one of Melgen's girlfriends and her sister from the Dominican Republic.