Ryan Silvestro, Author at State and Federal Communications

Oregon State Capitol Building

State business and labor groups have been working on legislation to limit campaign contributions in state races. Oregon is one of just five states with no limits on political contributions. These negotiations come as a proposal, known as Initiative Petition […]

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San Jose City Hall - by Daderot

San Jose City Council voted to pass a memorandum to bar multinational corporations from spending money to influence elections. Corporations would be prohibited from spending money in elections if they are foreign-influenced. This would be defined as 1 percent or […]

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Washington State Capitol Building - Cacophony

The Public Disclosure Commission recently voted to adjust the lobbying reporting thresholds due to inflation. This was decided after a public hearing was held and is a continuation of a broader effort to update the thresholds through the state’s political […]

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December 14, 2023  •  

Meet our Expert – Ryan Silvestro, J.D.

What are your areas of expertise? I manage a portfolio of states, counties, and municipalities primarily located on the West Coast. Part of my experience relies on monitoring relevant legislative, regulatory, and rule-making activity and using independent judgement and discretion […]

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New Jersey Capitol Building

Superior Court Judge Robert Lougy recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by the head of the state’s enforcement agency challenging the constitutionality of a recent campaign finance overhaul. The lawsuit was initially filed by former Executive Director Jeff Brindle of the […]

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Montana Capitol Building - gillfoto

The Commissioner of Political Practices published increases to the campaign contribution limits for the 2024-2025 election cycle. Individuals and PACs are able to contribute $1,120 per election to a candidate for governor and lieutenant governor; $790 per election to a […]

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Oakland, California - by James BeBop

The City Council recently passed an ordinance codifying lobbyist registration fees and fee penalties. The registration fee is $500 with a late filing fee of $10 per day for registrations and reports and a fee cap of $1,000. The ordinance […]

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Anaheim City Hall

City Council members voted unanimously to pass a policy requiring the members to post their calendar online. The postings will list any meetings that occur with lobbyists, developers, union representatives, and residents. This policy comes following an FBI statement concluding […]

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Boise, Idaho - by Jyoni Shuler, CC

Lauren McLean, the incumbent, has been elected Mayor for the city of Boise once again. McLean defeated Mike Masterson, the former police chief, after receiving more than 50% of the vote. Masterson, who had spent over 40 years in policing, […]

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New Jersey Capitol Building

Democrats were able to keep their legislative majority after Tuesday’s election. They won a key race by recovering a South Jersey seat that was lost two years ago and were able to combat Republican takeover in various competitive races across […]

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North Carolina State Legislative Building

House Republicans decided to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 747 this past Tuesday. This piece of legislation creates bipartisan election boards to establish early voting locations and certify election results. Democrats worry the changes may lead to […]

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North Carolina State Legislative Building

The General Assembly passed House Bill 259 on September 22. Gov. Roy Cooper has indicated he will not veto the bill and allow the bill to become law without his signature. House Bill 259 increases the lobbyist and principal registration […]

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September 14, 2023  •  

Alabama Governor Sets Special Election

Alabama State Capitol Building

Gov. Kay Ivey announced the dates for a special election to fill the House District 10 seat vacated by Rep. David Cole after pleading guilty to a charge of voter fraud. The primary election for the seat will be held […]

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Flag of Virginia - Commonwealth of Virginia, Public domain

Gov. Glen Younkin has called the General Assembly to reconvene for a special session. The session will address the state budget and will take up issues such as tax relief and investments for local families and businesses. The special session […]

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