Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2014 State Republican Scandals

  • The National Republican Congressional Committee and outside Republican groups set up fake Twitter accounts to share internal polling data throughout the 2014 midterm elections. The fake Twitter accounts would share what would look like gibberish to most people, but was in fact internal polling data meant to help the Super PAC's determine where to spend their dollars. This collusion may violate election laws preventing coordination between Super PAC's and the campaigns they are supporting.
  • In Terri Lynn Land's finacial disclosure forms, she claimed that she was worth $1.5 million dollars. She has since donated $3 million of her own money to her campaign. Her staff has claimed that she inadvertently omitted a joint banking account in her disclosures. The amount of money in this account has yet to be disclosed but the sudden appearance of $3 million to a campaign raises many questions.
  • A state judge in Florida ruled the states newly drawn Congressional map unconstitutional after the state conducted a “secret, organized campaign” to draw the new Congressional boundaries in the decennial redistricting process. The judge ruled that two districts, District 5 and 10, were invalid and had to be redrawn, along with any other districts that would be affected by their redrawing. The judge agreed that the Republican legislature collaborated with conservative and other right-leaning groups to draw the districts in a way that would be beneficial to the Republican party and detrimental to the Democratic party.
  • An investigation has been launched to find out why a top aid to Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel's campaign and two others were locked inside of a courthouse where primary ballots were being counted hours after the building was closed on the night of Mississippi's primary election. The three individuals gave conflicting accounts to officials once they were found to be inside of the courthouse at 2:00 in the morning, which raised a 'red flag' for the Sheriff's department. State Senator McDaniel's campaign released a statement saying that the individuals were let in by uniformed personnel, but the Sheriff's department has refuted that claim.
  • On May 12, 2014, it was reported that Jarrett had taken time off from Fox for personal reasons. On May 21, 2014, Jarrett was arrested at a bar at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, where he appeared to be intoxicated. He was charged with interfering with a peace officer, which is a misdemeanor.
  • The state of Oklahoma has been ordered to pay $303,333 for the attorney fees of the plaintiffs after a court fight found the states anti-Sharia law unconstitutional. The law was passed overwhelmingly by state voters in 2010, but was immediately challenged in court on the grounds it violated the First Amendment. A federal judge prevented the measure from going into effect and the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling. The state has agreed to pay the legal fees over a period of three years.
  • Bobby Harrell is trying to shut down the Grand Jury investigating him for corruption by trying to get the case moved to the House Ethics Committee. Ethics advocates say "The House Ethics Committee is nothing but a fraud," said John Crangle, who leads Common Cause South Carolina, in an interview with The Huffington Post. "It's never done anything. To send it to the House Ethics Committee is basically to deep-six it, which is exactly what Harrell would like to do."
  • Just before 2 a.m. on April 21, Dane Eagle was arrested in Tallahassee on suspicion of DUI. Police first spotted him pulling out of a Taco Bell in his black SUV before he narrowly avoided hitting a median, then stopped in an intersection, veered into a curb and ran a traffic light, according to arrest documents. Eagle was booked and released.
  • Prosecutors charged former Wisconsin Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer on Friday with sexually assaulting a political aide three years ago following a Republican mixer. Kramer is charged with two counts of second-degree felony sexual assault. He faces up to $200,000 in fines and 80 years in prison if convicted on both charges. He is due to make an initial court appearance on April 14.
  • Republicans in Wisconsin unanimously voted to remove Bill Kramer as Assembly Majority Leader after he was accused of sexual harassment at a recent fundraiser and another woman accused him of harassment on a recent flight back to Wisconsin.
  • Conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe and his company have been sued by Daniel Francisco, a former employee of Project Veritas, for wrongful termination and breach of contract. Francisco alleges he was wrongfully terminated and 'defamed' by O'Keefe. He is also claiming that Project Veritas breached his contract by not paying him for his final week of employment.
  • Bill Gothard, the founder of the Institute in Basic Life Principles and religious right icon, has been relieved of his duties after being accused of harassing women working at his ministry and failing to report multiple child abuse cases to Child Protective Services. Billy Boring , Chairman of the Institute, released a statement saying Gothard "will not be involved in the operations of the ministry. The board of directors will be prayerfully appointing interim leadership.”