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The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) of California voted to allow contributions to political candidates in cryptocurrency. Until now, contributions made in cryptocurrency were banned under all circumstances. Under the new regulation, the contribution must immediately be converted into dollars […]

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King County, WA has approved an amendment to the King County Charter to be sent to the voters during the November 8 election. The amendment moves elections for county executive, county assessor, county director of elections, and county councilmembers from […]

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ruled against Montana, holding the state’s laws regarding political committees are unconstitutionally vague. The court took umbrage with the state’s rule which governs whether political spending needs to be reported. […]

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The Washington Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has raised the threshold for reporting last-minute contributions from $1,000 to $1,500. Contributions of or exceeding $1,500 that occur within seven days of a primary election and 21 days before a general election must […]

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Santa Ana city council unanimously passed the first reading of a new lobbyist registration ordinance, outlining who must register, when reports are required, and the penalties for failing to follow the rules laid out in the ordinance. The ordinance defines […]

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City Hall in Portland, ME - by: Billy Hathorn

A commission created to review the current government structure in Portland, Oregon has voted to put a comprehensive governmental restructuring proposition on the ballot this November. Voters will get to decide on expanding the number of City Council members to […]

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San Francisco voters have approved a ballot proposition prohibiting behested payments from contractors with contracts approved by the Board of Supervisors. Proposition E also allows the city’s behested payment law to be amended if the city’s Ethics Commission and two-thirds […]

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The Alaska Legislature adjourned sin die late Wednesday after finally coming to an agreement on the state’s budget bill. Lawmakers set this year’s dividend for each resident at $3,200 from Alaska’s Permanent Fund, a fund derived from the state’s oil […]

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Oregon’s campaign finance system web provider, Opus Interactive, is asking all users to change passwords following a ransomware attack Sunday night. Hackers infiltrated Opus Interactive, granting them access to a C&E Systems database. C&E Systems handles campaign finance compliance and […]

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The Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) has issued a notice of proposed changes to Alaska’s campaign disclosure regulations. The changes seek to clarify and define different aspects of the current law stemming from passage of the 2020 Initiative Measure 2. […]

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A lawsuit has been filed in federal court challenging the constitutionality of campaign finance rules passed in a 2020 voter initiative in Alaska. The newly filed suit focuses on the disclosure requirements of the initiative, stating the requirements hinder free […]

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Seattle, WA - by Daniel Schwen

The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission has raised the limit for contributions given to a candidate for mayor, City Council, or city attorney to $600 per election cycle. This limit only applies to candidates who are not participating in the […]

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The Idaho State Legislature adjourned sine die March 31. The 81-day session focused mostly on infrastructure and education. Starting the session with a nearly $2 billion surplus and billions in federal covid relief funds, lawmakers approved Gov. Brad Little’s “Leading […]

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Patricia Guerro has been sworn in as one of the seven judges on the bench of the California Supreme Court. Gov. Newsom appointed Guerro to the court after Justice Mariano-Florentine resigned to become president of the Carnegie Endowment for International […]

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