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Archive for August, 2016

Deadline Looms for Final Votes in the California Legislature

California, campaign finance, lobbying, political advertising

The California Legislature has been very active in the days leading up to the August 31 deadline for each house Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Missouri: “Audit Finds Senate Slush Fund for Lobbyist-Financed Meals” by Kurt Erickson for St. Louis Post-Dispatch Campaign Finance “Addicted Continued on Next Page

Cristina De Caprio Will Become New Lobbyist Registrar for Toronto, Ontario

Canada, lobbying, Toronto

On September 12, Cristina De Caprio becomes the lobbyist registrar for the city of Toronto, Ontario. De Caprio will replace Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance “How One Donor Is Profiting Off the Trump and Sanders Campaigns” by Russell Berman for The Atlantic Connecticut: Continued on Next Page

Kentucky House Speaker Issues Invitation to Discuss Struggling Pension Systems

Kentucky, legislative issues

House Speaker Greg Stumbo has called an impromptu meeting of the House of Representatives to discuss the struggling Kentucky Retirement Continued on Next Page

City of San Francisco Elected Officials Prohibited from Establishing Candidate Controlled General Purpose Committees

California, campaign finance, San Francisco

Effective September 3, 2016, city elected officials in San Francisco will be prohibited from controlling candidate controlled general purpose committees. Continued on Next Page

North Dakota Special Election Scheduled for Same Day as General Election

elections, North Dakota, special elections

A special election for the North Dakota House of Representatives District 15 will take place on November 8, 2016. The Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying Florida: “Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s Son Rose to the Top Skirting Lobbying Rules, Critics Say” by Francisco Alvarado for Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – August 26, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

See what’s happening in government relations this week with our Video Digest. Enjoy!    

News You Can Use Digest – August 26, 2016

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

National: Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine New York Times Magazine – John Herrman | Published: 8/24/2016 Facebook, Continued on Next Page

Executive Director of the Anne Arundel County Ethics Commission Passed Away

Maryland

On August 24, 2016, Betsy Kraus Dawson, executive director of the Anne Arundel County Ethics Commission, passed away from cancer Continued on Next Page

New Manitoba House Leader Appointed

Canada, legislative issues, Manitoba

Premier Brian Pallister announced the appointment of Andrew Micklefield, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Rossmere, as the government’s new Continued on Next Page

D.C. Procurement Bill Moves Closer to Becoming Law

campaign finance, District of Columbia, pay-to-play, procurement

On August 18,  District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser returned an unsigned bill to reform the District’s procurement processes signaling Continued on Next Page

We’re Lending a Hand to Stuff the Bus!

Akron, Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications, United Way

  The new school year has arrived and State and Federal Communications is proud to support United Way of Summit Continued on Next Page

Governor Signs New York Ethics Reform Bill

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, New York

Today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Senate Bill 8160, part of his five-point ethics reform package introduced earlier this year. Effective Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance “Study: Outside groups, secret money far more prominent than ever before” by Robert Maguire for Center for Responsive Continued on Next Page

Public Comment Period Begins for New Virginia Ethics Forms

ethics, lobbying, Virginia

The Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council has opened up its proposed forms for public comment. The proposed Continued on Next Page

Missouri Legislator Requesting Special Session

legislative sessions, Missouri

Missouri Sen. Bob Dixon wants Gov. Jay Nixon to call a special session to close a loophole in the state’s Continued on Next Page

Judge Declines to Rule on Missouri Primary Election Challenge

elections, Missouri

A candidate who lost the Democratic primary for a Missouri House seat is challenging the primary election results. Bruce Franks Continued on Next Page

Wisconsin Ethics Commission Permits Members to Make Political Contributions

campaign finance, ethics, political contributions, Wisconsin

Members of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission are now able to make political contributions to candidates. The commission is comprised of Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying New York: “NY State Ethics Watchdog Investigating Nonprofit with Ties to Large Corporate Political Donor” by Larry Kaplan for Continued on Next Page

Ontario Legislative Assembly Continues Consideration of Campaign Finance Legislation

campaign finance, Canada, Ontario

On August 22, Government House Leader Yasir Naqvi released proposed amendments to a campaign finance reform bill the Ontario Legislative Continued on Next Page

Ohio Bill Could Eliminate Unnecessary Elections

elections, Ohio

Recently introduced legislation could eliminate unnecessary elections if only one person is on the ballot. The special primary set for Continued on Next Page

Austin, TX Moves Closer to New Lobbying Law

Austin, lobbying, Texas

On August 18, an ordinance revising the lobbying law for the city of Austin, Texas, met with preliminary approval from Continued on Next Page

Lobbyist Registration Required in Saskatchewan

Canada, lobbying, Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan’s Lobbyist Act is officially effective today. Under the Act, people who are paid to lobby elected Saskatchewan government members Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Signs Suggest Hillary Clinton May Be More Open to Lobbyists in Her Administration” by Catherine Ho for Washington Post Continued on Next Page

WA Legislative Ethics Board to Consider National Convention Fundraising Issues

campaign finance, conventions, Washington

The Legislative Ethics Board will consider whether lawmakers need to file fundraising reports for money received to attend national political Continued on Next Page

Campaigning Heats Up on S.D. Campaign Finance Ballot Measure

campaign finance, South Dakota

Americans for Prosperity, a political advocacy group backed by the Koch brothers, launched an aggressive campaign to defeat South Dakota’s Continued on Next Page

New York JCOPE Investigation Could Impact Lobbying Disclosure

ethics, JCOPE, lobbying, New York

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) is investigating a series of donations to Manhattan nonprofit Pledge 2 Protect. Under Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance “How One Family’s Deep Pockets Helped Reshape Donald Trump’s Campaign” by Nicholas Confessore for New York Times “Rep. Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – August 19, 2016

campaign finance, elections, 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

Nebraska Speaker in Favor of Calling Special Session

legislative sessions, Nebraska

Speaker Galen Hadley is in favor of calling the Nebraska Legislature into a special session to address the issue of Continued on Next Page

Farewell to Our Fantastic 2016 Team of Interns!

internship, State and Federal Communications

The 2016 summer internship program for State and Federal Communications has come to a close. Take a look at what Continued on Next Page

New Mexico Gov. Will Call Special Session

legislative sessions, New Mexico

Gov. Susana Martinez plans to call a special session to address budget issues. The exact date of the session has Continued on Next Page

No Minnesota Special Session Ahead

legislative sessions, Minnesota

After negotiations on Thursday broke down, Gov. Mark Dayton announced no special session will take place. Republican leaders would not Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – August 19, 2016

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

National: Will Donald Trump Hand State Capitols to Democrats? The Atlantic – Russell Berman | Published: 8/12/2016 With Donald Trump’s falling Continued on Next Page

North Carolina House Majority Leader Resigns

legislative issues, North Carolina

State House Majority Leader Mike Hager (R) resigned from the General Assembly to support himself financially and take care of Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Trump Chair Routed Ukrainian Money to D.C. Lobbyists” by The Associated Press for Politico Texas: “Pool Offers Changes to Continued on Next Page

Los Angeles, CA City Councilman to Resign Early

California, lobbying, Los Angeles

City Councilman Felipe Fuentes will resign on September 11, nearly 10 months before his term ends, to become a lobbyist Continued on Next Page

Ethics Bills Hit Alabama Special Session

Alabama, ethics, lobbying

The primary focus of the current special session is to pass a constitutional amendment allowing a statewide lottery (Senate Bill Continued on Next Page

MSRB Rule G-37 Now Includes Municipal Advisors

MSRB, pay-to-play

Effective today, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) pay-to-play rule extends to municipal advisors. MSRB Rule G-37 prohibits certain political Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Florida: “After #StartCounting Didn’t Work, Miami-Dade Group Sues Elections Dept.” by Douglas Hanks for Miami Herald Campaign Finance Washington: Continued on Next Page

Alabama Ethics Commission Sets Special Meeting

Alabama, ethics

Ethics Commission Executive Director Tom Albritton called a special meeting to be held on September 1, 2016. The meeting will Continued on Next Page

Special Election Set to Fill Pennsylvania’s Second Congressional District Seat

Pennsylvania, special elections

A special election has been set for November 8, 2016, to temporarily fill the seat of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah. Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Obama Facing Pressure to Rip Up His Lobbyist Rules” by Sarah Wheaton for Politico Campaign Finance District of Columbia: Continued on Next Page

Oklahoma Lawmakers Respond to Potential Special Legislative Session

legislative sessions, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is considering calling a special legislative session for lawmakers to address the issue of teacher pay Continued on Next Page

No Minnesota Special Session This Week

legislative sessions, Minnesota

Gov. Mark Dayton previously hoped to call a special session of the Legislature during the third week of August. Lawmakers Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, redistricting

Lobbying “Thought the U.S. Was Divided Already? Just Watch as Elections Go Digital.” by Stephen Ansolabehere for Washington Post California: Continued on Next Page

Santa Monica, CA Lobbyists Soon Required to Register with City

California, lobbyist

Santa Monica City Council passed new rules on August 9 for implementation of the city’s lobbyist regulation ordinance. The rules Continued on Next Page

New Mexico Fixes Campaign Finance Website Glitch

campaign finance, New Mexico

During a spot check of campaign spending records, election officials realized a glitch in the database showed discrepancies between information Continued on Next Page

House Clerk’s Office Sends Out Late Notices to Lobbyists in Error

Federal Government, lobbying

On August 11, the U.S. House clerk’s office erroneously sent out a group of emails to lobbyists informing them their Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – August 12, 2016

campaign finance, elections, 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

MA Gov. Signs Campaign Finance Bill

campaign finance, Massachusetts

On August 9, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed House Bill 543 into law, joining other recently signed bills helping to Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – August 12, 2016

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

National: The Crusade of a Democratic Superlawyer with Multimillion-Dollar Backing Washington Post – Robert Barnes | Published: 8/7/2016 Marc Elias, a Continued on Next Page

JCOPE Extends Lobbyist Amnesty Program

JCOPE, lobbying, New York

The New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics has extended the deadline for the lobbyist amnesty program through September 30. Continued on Next Page

Mississippi Special House District Elections to Coincide with General Election

elections, Mississippi, special elections

Two House district special elections will take place on November 8, 2016. Gov. Phil Bryant announced elections for House Districts Continued on Next Page

Reno, NV Charter Committee Recommends Lobbying Law

campaign finance, lobbying, Nevada

On August 10, the Reno, Nevada City Council and the City Charter Committee met to discuss a possible new lobbying Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “How Think Tanks Amplify Corporate America’s Influence” by Eric Lipton and Brooke Williams for New York Times Florida: “County Continued on Next Page

Special Primary Election to be Held for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District

elections, Ohio, special elections

A special primary election will be held on September 13, 2016, to fill a general election ballot vacancy for Ohio’s Continued on Next Page

Connecticut Gov. Wants to Cut Budgets Amid Investigations

Connecticut, ethics

Gov. Dannel Malloy’s administration announced they are cutting the budgets for the state’s watchdog agencies. The Office of State Ethics, Continued on Next Page

Missouri Gubernatorial Candidate Supports Proposed Limits on Campaign Contributions

campaign finance, Missouri

Missouri gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster has thrown his support behind a November ballot initiative aimed at reinstating campaign contributions limits. Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “AARP to Withdraw from Controversial Conservative Group Amid Rising Pressure” by David Marans for Huffington Post Kansas: “Kansas Boy Continued on Next Page

JCOPE Passes Regulations in Anticipation of Senate Bill 8160

campaign finance, JCOPE, lobbying, New York

JCOPE unanimously passed “emergency” regulations in anticipation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing Senate Bill 8160. Under Senate Bill 8160, any Continued on Next Page

GoFundMe Contributions to Kansas Lawmaker Subject to Gift Limit

campaign finance, Kansas, lobbying

The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission has issued guidance relating to gifts to public officials following the tragic death of a Continued on Next Page

Have a coffee on us at NCSL 2016!

NCSL, State and Federal Communications

State and Federal Communications is proud to be a sponsor of coffee at the NCSL 2016 Legislative Summit! Stop by Continued on Next Page

See Us Live at NCSL 2016 in Chicago!

NCSL, State and Federal Communications

State and Federal Communications is at NCSL 2016, August 8-11 in Chicago! Enjoy this live broadcast from our webcam at Continued on Next Page

The Dream Team is Back!

Elizabeth Bartz, NCSL, State and Federal Communications

Elizabeth Bartz, president and CEO of State and Federal Communications offered her expertise on the government relations “Dream Team” at Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Think Tank Scholar or Corporate Consultant? It Depends on the Day” by Eric Lipton, Nicholas Confessore, and Brooke Williams Continued on Next Page

Pennsylvania Governor, Lawmakers Agree to Hold a Special Session

legislative sessions, Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Wolf and lawmakers have agreed a special session is necessary to confront the growing problem of prescription drug Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance “Fueled by Small Donations, Donald Trump Makes Up Major Financial Ground” by Nicholas Confessore and Nick Corasaniti for New Continued on Next Page

See You at NCSL!

NCSL, State and Federal Communications

We are on our way to the NCSL 2016 Legislative Summit in Chicago! See you there!  

NYCU Video Digest – August 5, 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

North Dakota Adjourns Special Session

legislative sessions, North Dakota

North Dakota lawmakers adjourned a three day special session on Thursday. The session concluded with the Legislature passing a bill Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – August 5, 2016

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

National: Left Turns to Ballot Measures to Enact Political Change The Hill – Reid Wilson | Published: 8/2/2016 Liberals are turning Continued on Next Page

MSRB Clarifies Look-Back Rule for Municipal Advisors under Rule G-37

MSRB, SEC

Today, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) filed an amendment with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) clarifying the two-year Continued on Next Page

Honolulu Ethics Commission Appoints New Leader

ethics, Hawaii

Jan Yamane has been selected to fulfill the role of executive director and legal counsel for the Honolulu Ethics Commission, Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Is K Street Warming to Trump? Just Barely.” by Catherine Ho for Washington Post Virginia: “Lobbyists Less Likely to Continued on Next Page

Miami-Dade, FL Group Seeks to Reign in Money in County Elections

campaign finance, Florida, Miami-Dade County

A political committee called An Accountable Miami-Dade is sponsoring a proposal to change campaign finance rules for county elections. The Continued on Next Page

Redondo Beach, CA Makes Progress Toward Campaign Finance Reform

California, campaign finance

On August 2, the Redondo Beach City Council carried a motion to establish campaign finance reforms setting contribution limits. Council Continued on Next Page

Minnesota Campaign Finance Board Selects New Leader

campaign finance, Minnesota

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has named Jeffrey Sigurdson as its new executive director. He currently serves Continued on Next Page

Massachusetts Adjourns Formal Session

legislative sessions, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Legislature adjourned its formal session on July 31 with a flurry of activity. Lawmakers passed several significant pieces Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, lobbying

Lobbying “Lobbyists Woo Potential Freshmen Long Before Election Day” by Kate Ackley for Roll Call California: “S.F. Ballot Measure Takes Continued on Next Page

San Francisco, CA Voters to Decide on Lobbyist Restrictions

California, gift law, lobbying

The San Francisco Ethics Commission voted unanimously to submit an initiative ordinance to the November 2016 ballot. The measure would Continued on Next Page

Preliminary Injunction Order to be Issued Concerning Unauthorized Committee Naming

campaign finance, District of Columbia, FEC, Federal Election Commission, super PACs

Today, a federal court ruled an unconnected committee should be allowed to use candidates’ names in the titles of their Continued on Next Page

Legislation We Are Tracking

campaign finance, lobbying, procurement

At any given time, more than 1,000 legislative bills, which can affect how you do business as a government affairs Continued on Next Page

Jurisdiction Added to our Website

Compliance, New York, State and Federal Communications

The number of municipalities and regional governments our research associates track continues to grow. We now cover almost 300 municipalities Continued on Next Page

Ask the Experts – Best Practices for Record-Keeping

Ask the Experts, lobbying

Q. Our company is active and registered as a lobbyist employer in several states. What are best practices for record-keeping? Continued on Next Page

Ethics Complaint Filed Against New Mexico State Representative

ethics, New Mexico

Progress Now New Mexico has filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office alleging state Rep. Paul Pacheco failed to Continued on Next Page

Special Election Called for Missouri Senate District 4

elections, Missouri, special elections

Gov. Jay Nixon issued a writ of election to fill the vacancy for Missouri Senate District 4. Joseph Keaveny vacated Continued on Next Page

Michigan to Hold Special Primary Election

elections, Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder has called for a special primary election to take place August 30. Candidates will be running to Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Massachusetts: “Mass. Insiders Turn to Lobbying Careers” by Mark Arsenault and Andrew Ryan for Boston Globe Campaign Finance “D.C. Continued on Next Page

SEC Fights MSRB Rule Challenge by Asserting It Cannot Fight

campaign finance, MSRB, pay-to-play, SEC

A Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) pay-to-play rule amendment set to take effect on August 17 is being challenged in Continued on Next Page

New Alberta Lobbyist Registry Not Expected Until November

Alberta, Canada, lobbying

A new system is expected to replace Alberta’s outdated lobbyist registry as early as November. The current system moves slowly, Continued on Next Page

See Us in Person!

Akron Roundtable, NCSL, PLI, Public Affairs Council

Here is our August/September calendar. If you are attending any of these events, please say hello! August 8-11   NCSL 2016 Continued on Next Page

The Dream Team of 2016 — Appearing at NCSL on Tuesday, August 9th

campaign finance, Elizabeth Bartz, NCSL

Well, we are not exactly the Mod Squad, but we are this year’s speakers at NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Chicago. Continued on Next Page

Summit County, Ohio Executive Russ Pry Dies After Brief Battle with Cancer

Akron, Summit County

Summit County Executive Russ Pry passed away Sunday, July 31, after a brief battle with cancer. The county’s statement described Continued on Next Page

Alabama Special Session set for August 15

Alabama, legislative sessions

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced a special legislative session will convene August 15, 2016. The primary focus of the session Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance “After Lying Low, Deep-Pocketed Clinton Donors Return to the Fore” by Nicholas Confessore and Amy Chozick for New Continued on Next Page

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