George Ticoras, Esq., Author at State and Federal Communications

On September 29, the United States Senate passed the Disclosing Foreign Influence in Lobbying Act. The legislation, Senate Bill 4254, amends the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 to require those registering as federal lobbyists include in their disclosures “the name […]

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Although the next provincial election in Nova Scotia isn’t scheduled until 2025, Elections Nova Scotia (ENS) has published its strategic blueprint in preparation for that election and beyond. ENS’s new four-year strategic plan, which will last until 2026, focuses on […]

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FEC; Photo: Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call

On August 2, Dara Lindenbaum was sworn in as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission (FEC). FEC Vice Chair Steven T. Walther, whom Lindenbaum is replacing, retired from the commission on August 1. Lindenbaum, who was confirmed by the […]

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A bipartisan bill was introduced into the U.S. Senate aimed at increasing federal oversight to prevent national security consulting firms from contracting both with the United States and countries like Russia and China. Senate Bill 4516, Obstructive National Security Underreporting […]

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On October 14, 2022, penalties and sanctions for the Regional Municipality of Niagara’s new lobbying law come into force and effect. In the meantime, and although the Regional Council approved the Lobbyist Registry By-law 2022-24 to establish a Lobbyist Registry […]

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A bipartisan bill aimed at fighting the influence of foreign actors was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. House Bill 8106, the Fighting Foreign Influence Act, was introduced by Democratic U.S. Representatives Jared Golden and Katie Porter together with […]

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On June 21, Jean-François Routhier, the Commissioner of Lobbying with Lobbyisme Québec, officially deployed the first phase of Carrefour Lobby Quebec, the new online disclosure regime of lobbying activities for the province. The current registry of lobbyists will be replaced […]

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On August 15, Caroline J. Simard will begin her tenure as the new Commissioner of Canada Elections. The Commissioner of Canada Elections is responsible for ensuring compliance with, and enforcement of, the Canada Elections Act. The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) […]

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Sometime before November 26, 2022, a by-election will be announced for the seat in the House of Commons representing Mississauga–Lakeshore in the province of Ontario. On May 30, the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Stéphane Perrault, received official notice from […]

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FEC; Photo: Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call

On May 24, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Dara Lindenbaum to serve as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission (FEC). In January, FEC Vice Chair Steven T. Walther announced he would be stepping down as commissioner upon […]

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FEC; Photo: Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call

On May 17, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) made available its updated FEC Form 1, the Statement of Organization for Political Committees, which now includes designations for superPACs and Hybrid Committees. SuperPACs, which are technically independent expenditure-only political committees, and […]

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On May 16, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a part of federal campaign finance law regulating the repayment of loans from candidates to their own campaigns. Generally, Section 304 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 barred campaigns […]

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FEC; Photo: Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call

On May 3, the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration favorably reported to the full Senate its approval of the nomination of Dara Lindenbaum to serve as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission (FEC). In January, FEC Vice […]

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The public has until June 21 to comment on a proposed rule allowing federal employees to accept gifts of certain legal costs. The proposed rule would create new federal regulations governing a federal employee’s acceptance of payments for legal expenses […]

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