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Archive for November, 2016

A Surprise Visit from Santa’s Elf…

State and Federal Communications

Campaign Compliance Assistant Becky Campbell, starring as Santa’s elf, showed up at the State and Federal Communications staff meeting to Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “How Exactly Do You ‘Drain the Swamp’? Here Are 4 Ways It Could Be Done.” by Catherine Ho for Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Trump’s Lobbying Ban Might Actually Make Corruption Worse” by Tim LaPira and Herschel Thomas for Washington Post Florida: “A Continued on Next Page

DC Council Member to Introduce Emergency Legislation for Campaign Finance Reforms

campaign finance, D.C., legislative issues

D.C. Council Member Kenyan McDuffie announced his plan to introduce emergency legislation to ban contributions to political action committees during Continued on Next Page

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Complete Work Prior to Scheduled Adjournment

legislative sessions, Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives cancelled a non-voting session day scheduled for Nov. 22, 2016, effectively ending the 2015-2016 legislative Continued on Next Page

Lawmakers File Legal Challenge Against South Dakota’s Initiated Measure 22

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, South Dakota

A group of Republican lawmakers filed a lawsuit in state court Wednesday, Nov. 23, to block the government ethics overhaul Continued on Next Page

Happy Thanksgiving

State and Federal Communications

Lobby Comply Blog will return on Monday, November 28, 2016. Enjoy your holiday!

Florida Legislature Holds Organizational Session, Changes Ahead for Lobbyists

Florida, legislative issues, legislative sessions, lobbying

Both chambers of the Florida Legislature held organizational sessions yesterday, Nov. 22, 2016. Agenda items included selection of House and Continued on Next Page

2016 NCSL State Vote Recaps Campaign Finance Ballot Initiatives

campaign contributions, campaign finance, NCSL

The 2016 election was about a lot more than just a battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Across the Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Governor’s Race Drags On

elections, South Carolina

Yesterday, Gov. Pat McCrory formally requested a recount in his race for governor against Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper. Cooper Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, redistricting

Lobbying Indiana: “Holcomb Transition Team Enjoys Pacers Game at Team’s Expense” by Leslie Weidenbener for Indianapolis Business Journal Oregon: “Governor’s Continued on Next Page

FPPC Approves Amendments to Increase Gift and Campaign Contribution Limits

California, campaign contributions, FPPC

On Nov. 17, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) approved regulations to make biennial cost of living adjustments to campaign Continued on Next Page

Transparency Bills Filed for Arkansas 2017 Session

Arkansas, campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, legislative sessions, lobbying

Since pre-filing began for the 2017 Arkansas legislative session, multiple measures have been introduced regarding lobbying, ethics and campaign finance. Continued on Next Page

AL Gov. Considering Special Session for Prison Funding

Alabama, legislative sessions

Gov. Robert Bentley is considering a special session to address funding for four new super prisons. Bentley may call the Continued on Next Page

NY Gov. Wants Special Session For Ethic Reforms

legislative sessions, New York

A special session may be called for the New York Legislature this December. Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants a special session Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “White Nationalists Dress Up and Come to Washington in Hopes of Influencing Trump” by Lisa Mascaro for Los Angeles Continued on Next Page

Missouri Lawmaker Outlines Ethics Reform Proposal

ethics, Missouri

Missouri Rep. Kip Kendrick wants to see his seven-point ethics reform proposal introduced in the House. The proposal bans gifts Continued on Next Page

Special Election Set for Georgia Senate Opening

Georgia, special elections

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has set a special election for December 13, 2016, to fill a vacancy in Continued on Next Page

Amendments to Federal Gift Rules Effective January 1, 2017

Federal Government, gift law

On Jan. 1, new changes to regulations concerning gifts for federal employees take effect. Among the changes the Office of Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying “Trump’s New Lobbying Rules Could ‘Drain the Swamp.’ But They May Be Illegal and Are Porous.” by Catherine Ho Continued on Next Page

New York City Campaign Finance Board Approves Final Rules

campaign finance, New York City

On November 17, 2016, The New York City Campaign Finance Board approved rule changes from September. The purpose of the Continued on Next Page

Georgia Sets Lobbyist Registration Renewal Period for 2017

Georgia, lobbying, lobbyist

The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission has announced the lobbyist registration renewal window for 2017. Current lobbyists who Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – November 18, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

See what’s happening in government relations this week in our News You Can Use Video Digest. Enjoy!  

News You Can Use Digest – November 18, 2016

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

National: Political Divide Splits Relationships – and Thanksgiving, Too New York Times – Sabrina Tavernise and Katharine Seely | Published: 11/15/2016 The election Continued on Next Page

No Winner Yet in North Carolina Governor’s Race

elections, North Carolina

The gubernatorial race is still too close to call more than a week after election day. Democratic Attorney General Roy Continued on Next Page

Gov. Cuomo to Address Ethics Concerns

campaign contributions, New York, New York City, procurement

On November 16, 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement proposing plans to limit campaign contributions and close loopholes for Continued on Next Page

Utah Special Session Adjourned

contributions, legislative sessions, Utah

The Utah Legislature adjourned a one day special session sine die on November 16, 2017. Lawmakers unanimously passed a bill Continued on Next Page

Lobbyists Need Not Apply For High-Level Posts with Trump Administration

Federal Government, government transparency, lobbying, lobbyist

Lobbyists hoping to work for President-elect Donald J. Trump will have to terminate their lobbyist registrations to be vetted for Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue Announces Revamp of Group’s Lobbying Arm” by Catherine Ho for The Washington Continued on Next Page

Florida’s Incoming Speaker Proposes Rules Changes for Lobbyists

Florida, lobbying

Speaker-Designate Richard Corcoran recently proposed sweeping changes to House Rules for when lawmakers return to Tallahassee next year. Corcoran is Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Lobbying Florida: “Toll Board Lobbyist Accused of Foiling County’s Push for Transit Funds” by Douglas Hanks for Miami Herald Florida: Continued on Next Page

See Us in Person!

Advocacy Leaders' Network, COGEL, NABPAC, NCSL, SGAC, WGR

Here is our November-December calendar. If you are attending any of these events, please say hello! November 16-18   NABPAC Biennial Continued on Next Page

MA Task Force to Review Ethics Laws

ethics, Massachusetts

On November 14, the Massachusetts Senate passed a resolution to create a task force to review ethics laws governing state, Continued on Next Page

Utah Special Session Called

legislative sessions, Utah

Gov. Gary Herbert has called a special legislative session beginning November 16 to fix a flawed gas tax formula. The Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance “Campaign Finance Laws Poised for Rollback Under Trump” by Kate Ackley for Roll Call “Howard Voters Approve Measure to Continued on Next Page

Miami Beach Voters Reject Changes to Ethics Laws

ethics, Florida, lobbying

Miami Beach residents rejected two ballot measures looking to ease certain restrictions on lobbyists. The first would have allowed architects Continued on Next Page

Alaska’s Campaign Finance Limits Upheld as Constitutional

Alaska, campaign finance

Last week, a federal judge upheld Alaska’s strict limits on several types of state-level campaign contributions, ruling that they don’t Continued on Next Page

DC Voters Approve Statehood Measure

District of Columbia

Voters in the District of Columbia passed a measure in favor of petitioning Congress to become a state in the Continued on Next Page

Berkeley, CA Passes Ballot Measure to Create Public Campaign Finance System

California, campaign finance

Berkeley voters approved a measure to create a voluntary system of public financing for city elections. Measure X1 does not Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Trump Victory Could Mean Big Business for K Street” by Catherine Ho for The Washington Post “S.F. Budget Set-Asides Continued on Next Page

Special Election for Alabama House District 67

Alabama, elections

A special primary election in Alabama will be held to fill Darrio Melton’s vacant seat in the House of Representatives Continued on Next Page

Ricardo Rosselló Wins Puerto Rico Governor Race

elections, Puerto Rico

New Progressive Party president Ricardo Roselló defeated David Brenier and two independent candidates for Puerto Rico’s highly contested gubernatorial seat. Continued on Next Page

San Francisco Passes Ballot Issue Restricting Gifts and Contributions from Lobbyists

California, San Francisco

Voters in San Francisco overwhelmingly passed a city ballot initiative restricting lobbyist gifts and campaign contributions. Local Ballot Measure T, Continued on Next Page

Ann Arbor, MI Increases Mayor and City Council Term Limits

elections, Michigan

Ann Arbor voters approved a ballot measure to increase terms for mayor and city council to four years (Proposal 1). Continued on Next Page

Carney is Delaware’s Governor-Elect

Delaware, elections

Democrat John Carney, Jr. defeated Republican Colin Bonini to become the new governor of Delaware. Carney has served as Delaware’s Continued on Next Page

Multnomah County, OR Campaign Finance Measure Passes

campaign finance, Oregon

Campaign finance ballot measure 26-184 passed on November 8 with an 88 percent to 11 percent tally. The measure seeks Continued on Next Page

Greitens Defeats Koster in Missouri Gubernatorial Race

elections

With 51 percent of the vote, Republican Eric Greitens defeated Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster in Missouri’s gubernatorial race. Greitens Continued on Next Page

Holcomb Wins Indiana

elections, Indiana

Republican Eric Holcomb defeated Democrat John R. Gregg to become the new governor of Indiana. Holcomb, currently serving as the Continued on Next Page

Alabama Requires Supermajority Vote to Impeach

Alabama, elections

Voters approved Amendment 6, also known as the Alabama Impeachment Amendment. Effective January 1, 2017, the Constitution of Alabama will Continued on Next Page

NH Elects Sununu as Governor

elections, New Hampshire

On November 8, Republican Christopher T. Sununu defeated Democratic candidate Colin Van Ostern to become the next governor of New Continued on Next Page

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert Re-elected for Third Term

elections, Utah

On November 8, incumbent Republican Gov. Gary Herbert won his third election as Utah governor defeating Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz Continued on Next Page

Anne Arundel County, Maryland Keeps Competitive Bidding Amount

Maryland, procurement

Residents voted against an amendment to the Anne Arundel County Charter (Question C). If passed, the ballot issue would have Continued on Next Page

Lieutenant Governor Wins Vermont Gubernatorial Race

elections, Vermont

Voters will be sending a familiar face back to Montpelier as current Lt. Gov. Phil Scott won the Vermont gubernatorial Continued on Next Page

Washington Voters Say No to State Campaign Finance Reform, But Want Congress To Amend the Constitution

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, Washington

Despite strong support from democrats, Washington voters did not back Initiative 1464. The measure would have required new campaign finance Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections

Elections “Donald Trump Is Elected President in Stunning Repudiation of the Establishment” by Matt Flegenheimer and Michael Barbaro for The New Continued on Next Page

Rhode Island Ethics Commission Constitutional Amendment Passes

ethics, Rhode Island

On November 8, Rhode Island voters approved a constitutional amendment giving the Ethics Commission the ability to investigate and prosecute Continued on Next Page

Ranked-Choice Voting for Maine

elections, Maine

Several citizen’s initiatives were approved by Maine voters last night. Ranked-choice voting will replace the current election system (IB 2); Continued on Next Page

CA Voters Reject Prescription Drug Price Proposition 61

California

On November 8, voters in California rejected a proposition requiring the state not pay for any prescription drug from a Continued on Next Page

Missouri Voters Approve Campaign Finance Reform Initiative

campaign finance, Missouri

Missouri voters approved Constitutional Amendment 2 with nearly 70 percent of voter support. The ballot measure is effective December 8, Continued on Next Page

South Dakota Voters Approve Government Accountability Ballot Measure

campaign finance, lobbying, South Dakota

Citizens of South Dakota voted in favor of lobbying and campaign finance reform. Initiated Measure 22 (IM 22), known as Continued on Next Page

California Proposition 59 to Overturn Citizens United Passes

California, campaign finance, Citizens United

On November 8, California voters approved a proposition directing state elected officials overturn Citizens United. Overturn of Citizens United Act Continued on Next Page

Interactive Electoral Maps

2016, elections, presidential elections

As the country votes, news outlets everywhere will be breaking down and analyzing results state by state and county by Continued on Next Page

Chicago, IL Board of Ethics Wants Electronic Filing for Lobbyists

Chicago, electronic filing, ethics, Illinois, lobbying, lobbyist

The Chicago Board of Ethics recently submitted two amendments to City Council, potentially affecting lobbyist filing procedures. One amendment would Continued on Next Page

Elizabeth Bartz Appearing at PWIA Conference

Elizabeth Bartz, Professional Women in Advocacy

Elizabeth Bartz has seen it all. For 32 years, she has worked with corporations, trade associations, and professional firms to Continued on Next Page

Election Day 2016 Has Arrived

elections, Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications

It has been a long time coming, but Election Day 2016 has arrived and we can start on 2017 elections. Continued on Next Page

Let Your Voice Be Heard

elections

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, Uncategorized

Lobbying “Ex-PMO Aide Bruce Carson Fined $50,000 for Illegal Lobbying” by Marco Vigliotti for The Hill Times “Incoming Florida House Continued on Next Page

Montana’s Campaign Finance Disclosure Law Upheld

campaign finance, Montana

A federal judge has upheld the constitutionality of Montana’s campaign finance disclosure law. The 2015 Disclose Act, aimed at combating Continued on Next Page

Monday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying “Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd Won’t Seek Another Term” by Marco Vigliotti for The Hill Times “K Street Says Social Continued on Next Page

Contribution Limit Legislation On the Horizon for New York City, NY

campaign finance, New York, New York City

The New York City Council plans to hear legislation aimed at limiting contributions from contributors who have city business to Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – November 4, 2016

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

See what’s happening in government relations this week in our News You Can Use Video Digest. Enjoy!  

News You Can Use Digest – November 4, 2016

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

National: Election Maps Are Telling You Big Lies About Small Things Washington Post – Lazaro Gamio | Published: 11/1/2016 November 8 Continued on Next Page

More Details Develop on North Carolina Special Session

legislative sessions, North Carolina

Gov. Pat McCrory announced that he expects to call a special session in early December to address Hurricane Matthew relief. Continued on Next Page

Canada’s Lobbying Commissioner Will Not Seek Reappointment

Canada, lobbying

Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd will not seek reappointment when her current term expires at the end of December. Shepherd has Continued on Next Page

Proposed Regulations Offered for New Rhode Island Lobbying Reform Act

lobbying, Rhode Island

On November 9, a public hearing will be held regarding proposed regulations for the new Rhode Island Lobbying Reform Act. Continued on Next Page

Thursday News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance “How Politicians Hide Their Spending from the Public” by Shane Goldmacher for Politico Connecticut: “Business, Labor Bet Big Continued on Next Page

Texas Representative Announces 2017 Resignation if Elected on Nov. 8

legislative issues, Texas

Texas State House District 118 Rep. Dawnna Dukes announced she will resign January 10, 2017, citing health issues stemming from Continued on Next Page

St. Louis, MO Mayor Signs Bill Establishing Contribution Limits

campaign finance, Missouri, political contributions, St. Louis

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay recently signed Board Bill No. 53CSAA, establishing contribution limits for municipal candidates. Effective November 25, Continued on Next Page

Wednesday Government Relations News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance “GOP Asks 11th Circuit to Toss Contribution Limits” by Ellen Robinson for Courthouse News Service “Pro-Hillary Clinton Super Continued on Next Page

Transparency Bill Heads to Baltimore, MD City Council

Baltimore, ethics, Maryland

A bill introduced in 2015 is finally advancing to the full City Council. If passed, Bill 15-0568 would require Baltimore’s Continued on Next Page

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Lobbying Kentucky: “Lobbyist Donations Aid Candidates Despite Law” by Tom Loftus for Louisville Courier-Journal Campaign Finance California: “A $72-Million Apartment Continued on Next Page

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