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An investigation by Forbes magazine has revealed the billionaires spending money to help Republicans win control of Congress in the 2022 midterms.
"A political action committee backing Republicans running for the House of Representatives in 2022 raised $8.4 million in the third quarter, about 15% of which came from billionaires and their spouses, according to an analysis of data filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday," Forbes reported.
For 35 years, the magazine has been tracking the world's billionaires by estimated net worth.
"The committee, called Take Back The House 2022, raised $8.4 million between July and September. Forbes identified 8 billionaires and 6 spouses of billionaires who contributed about $1.3 million. Among the donors: Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, Blackstone cofounder Stephen Schwarzman and Omni Hotels owner Robert Rowling. The largest contribution among the group came from Rowling and his wife Terry, who donated $446,800," the magazine reported.
Ken and Sherrilyn Fisher also contributed, as did Julianne Argyros, A. Jayson Adair, Kenny and Lisa Troutt, David Steward, and Jeremy and Margaret Jacobs.
Former Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin also donated $50,000.
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An associate of Jared Kushner is seeking a plea agreement after as prosecutors seek to hold him account for alleged misconduct that resulted him a president pardon.
"Former New York Observer editor-in-chief Ken Kurson, who was pardoned by Donald Trump over federal cyberstalking allegations, is now in plea discussions over state charges springing from the same conduct, a prosecutor said. Assistant District Attorney Alex Wynne disclosed the talks at a hearing Friday in New York Criminal Court in Manhattan," Business Insider reported Friday.
Kurson also worked for Rudy Giuliani's consulting firm and 2008 presidential campaign.
"Kurson was charged by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. in August with eavesdropping and computer trespass, both felonies that carry a maximum of four years in prison," Business Insider reported. "The New York prosecutors allege that from September 2015 to March 2016 Kurson installed spyware on a computer belonging to his ex-wife to get passwords to her accounts and then accessed and anonymously distributed private Facebook messages."
In July, The New York Times reported the alleged misconduct was uncovered during a FBI background check after Trump considered him for a seat on the board of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Trump's revenge push to replace 'disloyal' Republicans is failing to receive widespread support: report
Donald Trump's hand-selected candidates who are challenging Republicans that he viewed as lacking sufficient loyalty are failing at receiving campaign finance support.
"Four candidates backed by Donald Trump to challenge Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him or boot him from office are falling behind in raising money for their campaigns," Reuters reported, based on campaign finance disclosures filed on Friday.
"Trump has called the Republicans who crossed him 'disloyal' or 'losers,' and they have faced scorn within their party. Several have said they will retire or not seek re-election," Reuters noted. "But those who are facing Trump-backed candidates in upcoming party nomination contests so far have raised more money than their challengers, which might help them counter Trump's campaign against them."
One of the biggest fights is occurring in Alaska.
"U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a moderate who was one of seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump in the Senate, raised $1.1 million between July and September, more than the twice the $466,000 raised by her Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka, a former state administration commissioner endorsed by Trump," Reuters reported. "Murkowski - who ended September with $3.2 million in the bank, more than 10 times what Tshibaka had - raked in money from corporate-run donor committees, according to a disclosure Murkowski filed with the Federal Election Commission."
In a June statement, Trump declared Murkowski " the best friend Washington Democrats ever had" and vowed he would travel to Alaska to campaign against her.
"Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who is widely seen in great peril of losing her seat because of her vote to impeach Trump and her vocal criticism of the former president, raised $1.7 million during the three-month period," Reuters reported. "Her Trump-endorsed opponent, attorney Harriet Hageman, entered the race in early September and raised about $300,000, or roughly $100,000 a week, shy of Cheney's fundraising pace."
In July, Trump said Cheney was a "Republican in name only," when he declared her a "lapdog RINO."
Two other lower profile Trump endorsees are also struggling.
"Trump has also endorsed opponents to U.S. Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington state, who both voted to impeach him.
"Upton raised $293,000 between July and September, more than the twice the $116,000 raised by his Trump-endorsed challenger, state lawmaker Steve Carra," Reuters reported. "Herrera Beutler not only voted to impeach Trump, she submitted evidence in his Senate trial against the former president. She took in $524,000 during the period, outraising Trump-backed Army veteran Joe Kent, who raised $452,000."
And in Ohio, former White House aide Max Miller ponied up $550,000 of his own money for his campaign against Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH).
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