Retaliation

Jesse Leon sued Los Angeles and City Councilman José Huizar in superior court, claiming Huizar fired him to retaliate for reporting his concerns that Huizar “intended to extort commercial cannabis operators seeking to do business within his council district” by demanding “political donations, ‘consulting fees’ funneled to the councilmember’s friends, and cash payments made directly to Huizar.”

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Disgraced Rep. Duncan Hunter Gets 11 Months for Misusing Campaign Funds

Disregarding the request for house arrest — which former Representative Duncan Hunter hoped to get by expressing a fear of contracting coronavirus in prison — a federal judge sentenced the disgraced ex-congressman Tuesday to 11 months in prison for misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds.

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Former Baltimore Mayor Sentenced to 3 Years in Book Scheme

The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was sentenced to three years in federal prison Thursday for arranging fraudulent sales of her self-published children’s books to nonprofits and foundations to promote her political career and fund her run for the city’s highest office.

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Watchdog Files FEC Complaint Against Pro-Sanders Nonprofit

The watchdog group Common Cause filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, alleging that Our Revolution, a political nonprofit organization founded by Bernie Sanders, violated campaign finance law by accepting donations in excess of federal limits while boosting his White House ambitions.

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Venezuela’s First Lady’s Nephews

Two nephews of Cilia Flores, the First Lady of Venezuela, were properly convicted of conspiracy to import cocaine, the Second Circuit ruled. The two were seeking to raise $20 million in drug proceeds to fund their aunt’s 2015 campaign for a place in the Venezuelan National Assembly, according to the ruling.

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