Dems to target GOP corruption in midterms: report

Dems to target GOP corruption in midterms: report
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Democrats are planning to point to alleged corruption in the Trump administration as part of their anti-corruption campaign platform for the 2018 midterm elections, The Washington Post reported.

Their anti-corruption proposals will be listed as “A Better Deal for Our Democracy,” according to the report.

Senior Democratic officials told the newspaper that the party’s agenda will include proposals to eliminate loopholes that let lobbyists and lawmakers secretly sell influence and will focus on ending "pay-to-play" political practices.

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Several Congressional leaders are set to roll out the Democrats’ new agenda Monday afternoon on Capitol Hill.

One proposal is based on Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen and focuses on his alleged use of his position to sell influence and information to a number of companies.

Cohen, without registering as a lobbyist or disclosing the payments, reportedly earned millions from companies looking for insight and access to the Trump administration.

Democrats intend to run on proposals that would require any sort of lobbying contract to be publicly reported.

Another proposal to be revealed as part of the "Better Deal" is one that would change federal statutes that might have permitted lawmakers to avoid convictions for allegations of bribery or exchanges of money for services.

A number of lawmakers from both parties have faced fraud violation charges but were later found to not have committed crimes under current law.

According to the report, Democrats are also planning to target Trump officials who have been plagued by scandals, including Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittZinke left some details off public calendar: report EPA watchdog faults ‘management weaknesses’ in Flint water crisis House completes first half of 2019 spending bills MORE, Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeZinke left some details off public calendar: report House completes first half of 2019 spending bills The Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington MORE, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonTrump walks a tightrope with comments on NATO Progressive politics have done nothing to help black America Is civility in America really dead? MORE and former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PricePoll: Majority in some GOP districts say Republicans 'more corrupt' than Dems Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus Overnight Health Care: Watchdog finds Tom Price improperly used funds on flights | Ex-Novartis CEO sent drug pricing proposal to Cohen | HHS staffers depart after controversial social media posts MORE.