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.


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 PruittOvernight Energy: Controversial Trump adviser reportedly returning to EPA | Delta aims to be first carbon neutral airline | Dem senator gives EPA D-minus on 'forever chemicals' Architect of controversial EPA policies to return as chief of staff: report EPA asked to justify proposal to limit power of its science advisers MORE, Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeInternational hunting council disbands amid litigation Europe deepens energy dependence on Russia Overnight Energy: House Science Committee hits EPA with subpoenas | California sues EPA over Trump revoking emissions waiver | Interior disbands board that floated privatization at national parks MORE, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonDemocrats: It's Trump's world, and we're just living in it Melania Trump receives university's 'Woman of Distinction' award amid pushback from students California Gov. Gavin Newsom on the homeless: 'We own this issue' MORE and former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceDNC chair says app used in Iowa won't be used in other primary states Hillicon Valley: Iowa chaos highlights misinformation threat | Officials blame app for delayed results | Company offers 'regret' | Nevada officials drop plans to use app | Ohio ramps up election security Company behind Iowa Democratic caucus app expresses 'regret' MORE.