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Oklahoma Ethics Commission to Conduct Third Hearing to Discuss Campaign Finance Opinion

campaign finance, Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Ethics Commission will conduct a third public hearing on Advisory Opinion AOR-16-01 at its regularly scheduled meeting on Continued on Next Page

Denver, Colorado Campaign Finance Ballot Issue Withdrawn by Backers

campaign finance, Colorado

After being challenged in court by a lobbyist and political consultant, a proposed Denver ballot initiative was recently withdrawn by Continued on Next Page

Alabama Calls Special Election for Vacant House Seat

Alabama, special elections

A special primary election will be held to fill Mike Hill’s vacant seat in the House of Representatives for District Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – July 29, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Here is our latest edition of the News You Can Use Video Digest. Have a great weekend!     NYCU Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – July 29, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use

Federal: A Worry if Clinton Wins: An idle ex-president in the White House New York Times – Patrick Healy | Continued on Next Page

CA Treasurer Attempts to Limit Pay-to-Play

California, campaign finance, pay-to-play

California Treasurer John Chiang announced that municipal finance firms seeking state business will be required to certify that they do Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Lobbyists Celebrate Democratic Party’s New Embrace at Convention” by Jay Newton-Small for Time California: “Judge Questions Private Talks Between Continued on Next Page

New Mexico Secretary of State Candidate Faces Ethics Complaint

ethics, New Mexico

The treasurer of the state Democratic Party has filed an ethics complaint against Republican nominee for secretary of state, Nora Continued on Next Page

Los Angeles, CA Ethics Commission to Consider Changes to Lobbying Laws

California, lobbying, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission announced it will begin a full review of the Municipal Lobbying Ordinance at the Continued on Next Page

Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson Calls Special Election

Arkansas, elections, special elections

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will call a special election to fill the House seat left vacant by the passing of state Continued on Next Page

Gov. Bentley Announces Alabama Special Legislative Session

Alabama, legislative sessions

Gov. Bentley will call a special session. The session will focus on a constitutional amendment allowing a statewide lottery. Alabama Continued on Next Page

Indiana’s Lt. Gov. Holcomb Picked to Replace Pence

Indiana

The Republican Central Committee has nominated Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb for governor. On July 27, 2016, 22 committee members, comprised Continued on Next Page

Prince George’s County, MD Proposes Addition of Two At-Large Council Seats

Maryland

This November, voters will decide whether to approve the addition of two at-large seats on the County Council, increasing the Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Alaska: “Oil Lobbyist Treated Legislator to Meal after Oil Tax Vote” by Nathaniel Herz for Alaska Dispatch News Campaign Continued on Next Page

FEC Settles with Delegates Allowing Legal Representation from Corporate Nonprofits

conventions, Federal Election Commission

Two delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention are permitted to receive free legal services from corporate nonprofit organizations thanks Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance “IRS Gives Opposite Rulings to Convention Committees” by Kenneth Doyle for Bloomberg BNA California: “Campaign Cash: A Journey Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “For Special Interests, the Real Party Is Outside the Convention” by Carrie Levine and Dave Levinthal for Center for Continued on Next Page

Arkansas Gov. Subject of Probable Cause Hearing

Arkansas, campaign finance, ethics

Gov. Asa Hutchinson was the subject of a probable cause hearing scheduled by the Ethics Commission on July 22, 2016. Continued on Next Page

St. Petersburg, FL Councilwoman Looking to Ban Super PACs

campaign finance, Citizens United, Florida

St. Petersburg Councilwoman Darden Rice will introduce a proposed ordinance to abolish super PACs and ensure foreign money stays out Continued on Next Page

Suffolk County, NY Committee Delays Campaign Finance Measure from November Ballot Appearance

campaign finance, New York

A legislative committee has voted against a proposed bill to finance Suffolk County candidates’ campaigns with future casino revenues and Continued on Next Page

FPPC Approves Amendment to Lobbyist Regulation

California, FPPC, lobbyist

On July 21, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) approved a regulation to further clarify the definition of “lobbyist.” The Continued on Next Page

Patrick J. Kennedy Speaks about Mental Illness at Akron Roundtable

Akron Roundtable

On July 21, Akron, Ohio, welcomed Patrick J. Kennedy as the keynote speaker at Akron Roundtable. Kennedy is a former Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – July 22, 2016

campaign finance, Citizens United, conventions, ethics, lobbying

Here is our latest edition of the News You Can Use Video Digest. Have a great weekend!   NYCU Video Continued on Next Page

Hawaii Legislature Adjourns Special Legislative Session

Hawaii, legislative sessions

The Hawaii State Legislature adjourned its special session sine die on Wednesday, July 20. Prior to adjournment, lawmakers voted to Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – July 22, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use

National: Accused of Sexual Harassment, Roger Ailes Is Negotiating Exit from Fox New York Times – John Koblin and Jim Continued on Next Page

Austin, TX Campaign Contribution Blackout Period Ruled Unconstitutional

Austin, campaign finance, Texas

On July 20, a federal court ruled the city of Austin’s campaign contribution blackout period unconstitutional. The blackout period allowed Continued on Next Page

New York Bill Proposes Giving Limits

ethics, gift law, New York

Sen. Todd Kaminsky and Representative Charles Lavine have introduced a new bill which would amend the penal law relating to Continued on Next Page

New Mexico Lawmaker, Treasurer Push for Special Session

legislative sessions, New Mexico

State Sen. John Arthur Smith, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and Treasurer Tim Eichenberg, have requested Gov. Susana Martinez Continued on Next Page

New Mexico House Speaker Resigns for Bernalillo County Attorney Position

elections, legislative issues, New Mexico

Former House Speaker Ken Martinez has resigned from the Legislature, effective Wednesday, July 20. Because Martinez was not seeking re-election Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, presidential elections

Lobbying “Lobbyists Have Raised $7 Million for Hillary Clinton. For Trump? Zero” by Catherine Ho for Washington Post South Carolina: Continued on Next Page

Our Very Own Lisa Kot Speaks about Initiative and Campaigning at RNC

national conventions, presidential elections

I was honored to be asked to speak at the Republican National Convention (RNC) as part of a panel on Continued on Next Page

RI Ethics Commission Passes Moratorium on Complaints Made 90 days before Election

ethics, Rhode Island

On July 19, the Rhode Island Ethics Commission voted unanimously to bar people from filing ethics complaints 90 days before Continued on Next Page

State and Federal Communications Teams Up with WKSU to Cover the Conventions!

national conventions, presidential elections, State and Federal Communications, WKSU

State and Federal Communications is proud to sponsor WKSU’s coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions!

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “UFC’s Payday Comes at the End of an Odyssey through Statehouses” by Richard Sandomir and Ken Belson (New York Continued on Next Page

ACLU Sues Kansas Secretary of State Over Voter Registration Rule

elections, Kansas

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Kansas secretary of state, Kris Kobach, over a temporary regulation tossing votes Continued on Next Page

Alaska Legislature Adjourns Special Session

Alaska, legislative sessions

On July 18, the Alaska Legislature adjourned its fifth special session. The Legislature failed to pass any deficit reduction measures Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Reluctant Lobbyists Descend on Cleveland” by Megan Wilson for The Hill Campaign Finance “Clinton Pledges Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Continued on Next Page

Minnesota Special Session Tentatively Scheduled

legislative sessions, Minnesota

Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt have tentatively agreed to call a special Continued on Next Page

If Elected, Clinton to Propose Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United in First 30 Days

Citizens United, presidential elections

On July 16, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced she will “propose a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United” in her Continued on Next Page

Trump Selects Indiana Gov. Pence As Running Mate

presidential elections

Gov. Mike Pence is Donald Trump’s choice for vice president. Trump announced his running mate on July 15, 2016, via Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying New York: “Jackson Lewis Lands 39-Member Wilson Elser Lobbying Group” by Christine Simmons for New York Law Journal Campaign Continued on Next Page

Meet the Interns! 2016 – Elysabethe Anderson

internship, State and Federal Communications

Elysabethe Anderson is an art history and visual communications & design major at Kent State University, with an expected graduation Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – July 15, 2016

campaign finance, conventions, ethics, lobbying, State and Federal Communications

We are excited to debut our very first weekly News You Can Use Video Digest!   NYCU Video Digest was Continued on Next Page

Utah Special Session Adjourns

legislative sessions, Utah

On July 13, the Utah Legislature adjourned its special session sine die. Lawmakers voted for the state to allocate up Continued on Next Page

Ottawa, Ontario Lobbying Law Under Review Following Unregistered Lobbyist Investigation

Canada, lobbying, Ontario, Ottawa

Integrity Commissioner Robert Marleau suggested updates to the city’s lobbying laws after investigating the practices of Sinking Ship Entertainment. The Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – July 15, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use

National: Gay Political Power Reaching Record as U.S. Attitudes Shift Bloomberg.com – Jeff Green | Published: 7/11/2016 Opponents are planning a Continued on Next Page

See Us in Person!

NCSL, NGA, PLI, WGR

Here is our July/August calendar. If you are attending any of these events, please say hello! July 14-17 National Governors Continued on Next Page

Mayor Horrigan Meets the Interns

Akron, Elizabeth Bartz, internship, State and Federal Communications

State and Federal Communications was pleased to welcome Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan as he shared career advice and his goals Continued on Next Page

Patrick Kennedy is Coming to Akron Roundtable!

Akron, Akron Roundtable, Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

Patrick Kennedy is coming to the John S. Knight Center for Akron Roundtable on Thursday, July 21 at 12:00 p.m.! Continued on Next Page

North Dakota Gov. Calls Special Session

legislative sessions, North Dakota

Gov. Jack Dalrymple called a special session to convene August 2. The session is needed to address North Dakota’s budget Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance “Super PAC Spending Becoming More Bipartisan” by Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones for Bloomberg BNA “Koch-Backed ‘Dark Money’ Groups Fined for Continued on Next Page

Meet the Interns! 2016 – Olivia Snyder

internship, State and Federal Communications

Olivia Snyder is a civil engineering major attending at the University of Akron. When asked why she chose that major, Continued on Next Page

Hawaii Legislators Convene Special Legislative Session

Hawaii, legislative sessions

Hawaii legislators convened a special session Tuesday after Gov. David Ige vetoed a bill intended to assist state employees who Continued on Next Page

Special Election Called for Open House Seat in Mississippi

elections, Mississippi, special elections

A special election has been called to fill the vacant House District 72 seat. The election will be held on Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, pay-to-play

Lobbying “Lyft Agrees to $6,000 FPPC Fine for Not Reporting Lobbying Costs” by Taryn Luna for Sacramento Bee Campaign Finance Continued on Next Page

Florida Congresswoman Indicted on Ethics Charges

ethics, Federal Government, Florida

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown has been indicted on 22 federal charges, including fraud and conspiracy. Brown, who represents the state’s Continued on Next Page

Special Session Called in Utah

legislative sessions, Utah

On Monday, July 11, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert issued a call for a special legislative session to be held this Continued on Next Page

Meet the Interns! 2016 – Chris Jackson

internship, State and Federal Communications

Chris Jackson is a student at the University of Akron studying communication systems. His hobbies include fitness, playing and making Continued on Next Page

Minnesota Governor Reappoints Campaign Finance Board Members

campaign finance, Minnesota

Gov. Mark Dayton has reappointed Emma Greenman and Peggy Leppik to the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Both women Continued on Next Page

Hawaii State Ethics Commission Selects New Executive Director

ethics, Hawaii

Dan Gluck is the new executive director of the Hawaii State Ethics Commission. Gluck served as legal director of the Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “In Brussels and London, Lobbyists Retool for Brexit Unknowns” by Quentin Ariès and Kalina Oroschakoff for Politico Pennsylvania: “Consulting Continued on Next Page

New Executive Director Announced for Virginia’s Ethics Council

ethics, Virginia

The Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council has a new executive director. The General Assembly has appointed Stewart Continued on Next Page

Minnesota Special Session Unlikely Until After Primary Election

legislative sessions, Minnesota

A special session is now unlikely until after the primary elections, due to lawmakers’ increasingly busy schedules. Lawmakers have sought Continued on Next Page

Washington Voters Likely to Decide on Campaign Finance Reforms

campaign finance, Washington

Backers of Washington’s Initiative 1464 have submitted more than the required 326,000 signatures to appear on the November ballot. If Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Missouri: “Andy Blunt Came to Washington – Was It Lobbying?” by Chuck Raasch for St. Louis Post-Dispatch Rhode Island: Continued on Next Page

Illinois Lawmakers Wrap Up Spring Business with Short-term Budget Deal

Illinois, legislative sessions

After failing to pass a budget before the end of its spring session in May, the 98th Illinois General Assembly Continued on Next Page

Former Alabama House Speaker Sentenced

Alabama, ethics

On July 8, 2016, former House Speaker Mike Hubbard was sentenced to four years in prison following his conviction on Continued on Next Page

Ann Arbor, MI Voters to Decide on Election Cycle Change

elections, Michigan

This November, voters will decide whether term limits for the mayor and City Council members should be increased from two Continued on Next Page

Special Session in Alaska Impacts Campaign Fundraising

Alaska, campaign finance, legislative sessions

Alaskan lawmakers have been busy strategizing how to continue campaign fundraising ahead of the July 11 special session. State statute Continued on Next Page

City of Côte Saint-Luc Opposes Proposed Quebec Lobbying Reforms

Canada, lobbying, Quebec

The City Council of Côte Saint-Luc passed a formal resolution stating opposition to proposed changes to Quebec’s Lobbying Transparency and Continued on Next Page

San Jose, CA Amends Campaign Finance Ordinance

California, campaign finance, San Jose

San Jose City Council approved an ordinance amending the definition of “committee” to increase the qualifying threshold for the receipt Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – July 8, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use

Federal: Can Super PACs Be Put Back in the Box? Washington Post – Matea Gold | Published: 7/6/2016 A powerhouse legal Continued on Next Page

Multnomah County, Oregon to Vote on Campaign Finance Reform

campaign finance, Oregon

The Multnomah County Charter Review Committee voted Wednesday to add a campaign reform ballot measure to the November ballot. Voters Continued on Next Page

California FPPC to Review Political Reform Act

California, ethics, FPPC

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has announced a project with the University of California and California Forward to Continued on Next Page

Jersey City, NJ to Consider Revising Pay-to-Play Law

campaign finance, New Jersey, pay-to-play

Jersey City Councilman Michael Yun has proposed changes to the city’s pay-to-play laws. The changes would broaden the laws to Continued on Next Page

Ohio Legislator Seeks to Eliminate Certain Special Elections

elections, Ohio, special elections

Ohio Sen. Kris Jordan recently introduced a bill to eliminate special elections in February and August. His proposal is the Continued on Next Page

Idaho Ballot Initiative Group Fails to Collect Enough Signatures

campaign finance, ethics, Idaho

An attempt to place an initiative on the November ballot to overhaul state campaign finance and ethics regulations has failed. Continued on Next Page

Ask the Experts – 2016 Party Conventions

campaign finance, conventions, gift law, lobbying

Q. In what ways are my company and I allowed to get involved in the 2016 national party conventions? A. Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Gov2Gov: The lobbying that falls under the radar” by Mike Maciag for Governing Rhode Island: “Raimondo: Lobbying law makes Continued on Next Page

Take a Look at Our User’s Guide to National Party Conventions!

Compliance, conventions, State and Federal Communications

State and Federal Communications, the industry expert in providing government compliance information and consulting to many Fortune 500 companies, has Continued on Next Page

Rhode Island Lobby Reform Act Takes Effect in 2017

lobbying, Rhode Island

Today, the 2016 Rhode Island Lobby Reform Act was celebrated at a ceremonial signing during a State House Library ceremony. Continued on Next Page

Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission Launches Mobile App

ethics, government tech, Kentucky, lobbying

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has launched a new payment application for the 2016 lobbyist employer registration fee. The application Continued on Next Page

Meet the Interns! 2016 – Zack Koozer

internship, State and Federal Communications

Zack Koozer attends Kent State University part-time and has yet to declare a major. His hobbies include playing video games, Continued on Next Page

Lexington-Fayette County Council Mulls Changes to Ethics Act

ethics, Kentucky, lobbying

The Urban County Council is reviewing proposed changes to Lexington, Kentucky’s ethics act. The changes would be the first major Continued on Next Page

No Special Session in Montana to Address Political Contribution Limits

campaign finance, legislative sessions, Montana

Lawmakers in Montana rejected a request for a special legislative session to address the state’s campaign finance laws. Ten legislators Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “The Lobbying Reform That Enriched Congress” by Isaac Arnsdorf for Politico “Lockheed’s Top Government Affairs Official Not Registered as Continued on Next Page

Delaware General Assembly Adjourns

Delaware, legislative sessions

For the second year in a row, the General Assembly adjourned on June 30, the final day of the regular Continued on Next Page

Oregon Ethics Commission Seeks Tighter Lobbyist Registration Rules

ethics, lobbying, Oregon

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission has asked Gov. Kate Brown to introduce legislation in 2017 to strengthen lobbying registration requirements. Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Legislature Adjourns

legislative sessions, North Carolina

The North Carolina Legislature adjourned its short session on Friday, July 1, 2016. The session lasted almost 10 weeks with Continued on Next Page

Frederick County, MD Ethics Commission Seeks to Revise Standard Operating Procedures

ethics, Maryland

The Frederick County Ethics Commission is working to revise its standard ethics procedures and will accept comments and suggestions via Continued on Next Page

Court Issues Injunction on Michigan Campaign Finance Law

campaign finance, Michigan

A U.S District Court has issued a preliminary injunction against provisions of Senate Bill 571, which enable corporations to deduct Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “The Lobbying Reform That Enriched Congress” by Isaac Arnsdorf for Politico Arizona: “Arizona Governor Fires State’s Contract Lobbyists” by Continued on Next Page

Happy Fourth of July!

State and Federal Communications

Have a happy Fourth of July weekend from your team at State and Federal Communications.

We are celebrating #23 — and it is not about LeBron James

Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

I just returned from the U.S. Chamber Small Business Summit in DC. I have been a regular attendee for a Continued on Next Page

Ontario, Canada’s Lobbying Law Amendments Take Effect Today

Canada, lobbying, Ontario

Today Ontario’s Office of the Integrity Commissioner will begin enforcing a new lobbying law for the province. On December 9, Continued on Next Page

Mississippi Special Session Adjourns

legislative sessions, Mississippi

The House agreed to a bill allowing the governor to dip into the state’s rainy day fund to fill a Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – July 1, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use

National: Report: It’s harder to know who’s paying for political ads Star Tribune – Geoff Mulvilhill (Associated Press) | Published: 6/27/2016 Continued on Next Page

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