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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 January 20, U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly introduced the Ban Corporate PACs Act. The legislation, Senate Bill 3528, amends the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to eliminate the ability of for-profit corporations to establish and manage separate segregated funds […]

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On May 24, a bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate to prohibit political campaigns from using tactics that unwittingly enter donors into recurring contributions. The legislation, Senate Bill 1786, was created in response to a unanimous Federal Election Commission […]

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The apportionment of seats for the U.S. House of Representatives, based on the newly released 2020 U.S. Census data, will soon be updated for the 118th Congress, which convenes in January 2023. On April 26, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo […]

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On March 17, a comprehensive bill aimed at reforming U.S. campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics laws, and improving voter rights and election integrity, was introduced in the U.S. Senate. The sweeping bill, Senate Bill 1, For the People Act of […]

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On February 3, U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Ron Wyden reintroduced a bill to reverse a U.S. Treasury Department’s decision limiting IRS disclosure requirement of certain tax-exempt organizations engaging in political activities. Senate Bill 215, the Spotlight Act, requires non-profit […]

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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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On May 19, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), restoring a quorum for the agency.   With the confirmation of James “Trey” Trainor, the FEC now has four commissioners, which meets the minimum […]

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On March 10, the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee will hold a nomination hearing. This will comprise of the full committee to consider James “Trey” Trainor as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission (FEC).   Trainor is a […]

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On November 6, voters gave Democrats the majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives while keeping Republicans firmly in control of the Senate. With early elections results in, it appears clear Democrats have gained at least 26 seats, giving […]

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On September 24, U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Ron Wyden introduced a resolution to reverse a U.S. Treasury Department’s decision limiting IRS disclosure requirements of certain tax-exempt organizations engaging in political activities. On July 16, the U.S. Treasury Department and […]

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Gov. Doug Ducey has named Sen. Jon Kyl to fill the late Sen. John McCain’s seat in the Senate. Sen. Kyl represented Arizona in the Senate for close to 20 years before reaching retirement in 2013. Kyl has committed to […]

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U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is retiring because of ill health on April 1. Gov. Phil Bryant has 10 days after receiving an official notice of the vacancy to temporarily appoint a replacement until a successor is elected. Bryant has yet […]

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Members of Congress could be banned from being lobbyists for life if legislation introduced this month becomes law. Senate Bill 1189, Close the Revolving Door Act of 2017, places a lifetime ban on current members of Congress from becoming lobbyists. […]

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