DELAWARE AT-LARGE: State Rep. Bryon Short (D) ended his campaign for Rep. John Carney’s (D) seat, citing fundraising problems. (Delaware Public Media)
FL-02: Eagle PAC Forum is backing attorney Mary Thomas (R) in the race for Rep. Gwen Graham’s (D) seat. (release)
State Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D) said she is considering entering the race. (Tallahassee Democrat)
FL-05: The Supreme Court’s decision Monday to uphold the “one person, one vote” principle marks a “potential legal setback for … Rep. Corrine Brown (D), … whose legal challenge to Florida’s court-ordered redistricting plan includes complaints that non-voting prison inmates are counted in her district’s population.” (Tampa Bay Times)
IN-03: State Sen. Jim Banks (R) and former Wisconsin state senator Pam Galloway (R) drew an A+ rating from the NRA, while farmer Kip Tom (R) received an A and state Sen. Liz Brown (R) got an A-. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
MD-08: National Nurses United endorsed state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D). (release)
PA-02: “Ten months after” Rep. Chaka Fattah’s (D) wife, Renee Chenault-Fattah, “finalized paperwork on the sale of her 1989 Porsche convertible to a lobbyist friend of her husband’s, the former NBC10 news anchor continued to insure the sports car and keep it in her garage. Now, federal prosecutors say they have a recording that proves Chenault-Fattah still considered the car to be her own nearly a year later and knew its January 2012 sale for $18,000 was little more than a sham. The tape — which prosecutors intend to play next month at the corruption trial of her husband … could expose Chenault-Fattah to criminal liability, they said in court filings late last week.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
PA-09: The National Right to Life Committee endorsed Rep. Bill Shuster’s (R) reelection. (PoliticsPA)
Shuster and 2014 challenger Art Halvorson (R) will take part in a forum April 16, hosted by the Uniontown Herald-Standard. (Uniontown Herald-Standard)
TN-08: Shelby County Land Bank administrator Dawn Kinard will take an unpaid leave of absence to serve as campaign manager for Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell (R). (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
TX-19: Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald endorsed former Texas Tech Vice Chancellor Jodey Arrington (R), while Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson (R) picked up support from former TX-19 candidate Donald May (R). (Lubbock Avalanche Journal)
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"The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency." Investigators have focused on Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank "who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA." The solicitation or use of foreign funds is illegal in U.S. elections under the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) by either lobbying groups or political campaigns. The NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections.
"Hundreds of new and supplemental FARA filings by U.S. lobbyists and public relations firms" have been submitted "since Special Counsel Mueller charged two Trump aides with failing to disclose their lobbying work on behalf of foreign countries. The number of first-time filings ... rose 50 percent to 102 between 2016 and 2017, an NBC News analysis found. The number of supplemental filings, which include details about campaign donations, meetings and phone calls more than doubled from 618 to 1,244 last year as lobbyists scrambled to avoid the same fate as some of Trump's associates and their business partners."