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

Joe Biden speaking - by The White House, Public domain

On January 20, President Joseph R. Biden signed an Executive Order mandating enhanced ethics rules for executive branch appointees. “Executive Order on Ethic Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel” requires new appointees sign and be contractually committed to the ethics pledge […]

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The White House - AgnosticPreachersKid

On his last full day in office, President Trump revoked an executive order concerning governmental ethics and, in effect, removed barriers for former officials to lobby the United States government immediately. On January 19, President Trump signed an Executive Order […]

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Photo: Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call

In one of its first decisions of 2021, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) released an Advisory Opinion agreed upon unanimously. Advisory Opinion 2020-02 does not break new ground, but affirms that citizens of the United States living abroad may purchase […]

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Yukon Legislature - by Own Work

A one-time grace period for lobbyists to register in the Canadian territory of Yukon ended on January 13. On October 15, the Canadian territory of Yukon’s new and first lobbying law came into force with the online Yukon Lobbyist Registry […]

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U.S. House of Representatives Chamber - from their Public Domain

Legislation aimed at reforming U.S. campaign finance, lobbying, and ethic laws is being reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 1, For the People Act 2021, is a sweeping 791-page bill incorporating much of H.R. 1 introduced in 2019 […]

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Photo: Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call

On January 11, the Federal Election Commission’s published its civil monetary penalty amounts adjusted for inflation in the Federal Register. The potential fine for civil violations of federal campaign finance laws have increased to range from $6,141 to $71,812, from […]

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Elections Canada has published the federal contribution limits for the 2021 calendar year. In 2021, individuals may contribute up to $1,650 to independent candidates, leadership candidates, registered parties, and to, in total, all of the registered associations, nomination contestants and […]

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January 4, 2021  •  

US Congress Starts New Session

U.S. Capitol - by Martin Falbisoner

On January 3, the United States House of Representatives began the first session of the 117th Congress. Rep. Nancy Pelosi won her fourth election as speaker of the House by 216 votes to 209 votes. Of the 435 seats in […]

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Photo: Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call

On December 22, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) announced the election of Shana M. Broussard as its chairwoman for 2021. Additionally, Allen Dickerson was elected as vice chair for next year. Both Broussard and Dickerson, along with Sean Cooksey, were […]

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The year 2021 will likely bring major changes to the Quebec Lobbyists Registry online lobbying activity disclosure platform. In the works since the summer of 2019, the updated web platform aims to replace the “technological obsolescence” of the current site […]

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Temporary Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Commissioner of Lobbying is concluding a public input period to determine whether changes to the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct are necessary. From November 2 to December 11, 2020, Commissioner Nancy Belanger sought input from the public about its views […]

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U.S. Capitol - by Martin Falbisoner

On December 9, the U.S. Senate restored a full complement of commissioners to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). By confirming three new commissioners, the FEC, where only three of the agency’s six seats were filled since July 4, will now […]

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U.S. Capitol - by Martin Falbisoner

President-elect Joe Biden’s newly formed inauguration committee will not be accepting contributions from registered federal lobbyists, foreign agents registered under the Foreign Agent Registration Act, or from fossil fuel companies, their executives, or PACs organized by them. The Biden Inaugural […]

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Washington D.C. City Hall

On November 3, four of the ward seats for the Council of the District of Columbia City were up for election. Incumbent Trayon White won re-election for Washington D.C. City Council Ward 8. Meanwhile, incumbent Vincent Gray retained his seat […]

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