One Bites the Dust
Another one bites the dust. Another
one bites the dust.
And, another one gone, and another
one gone. Another one bites the
Hey, I'm gonna get you too. Another
one bites the dust.
According to Wikipedia, "Another
One Bites the Dust" is a song by
the song featured on the group's
(1980). The song was a worldwide
charting number one on the US
number two on the
Hot Soul Singles
chart and the Disco Top 100, and
number seven on the
UK Singles Chart.
The song is credited as Queen's
best-selling single, with sales of
more than 7 million copies.
if you continue on Wikipedia, the
meaning is not what you think
In the early 1980s, "Another One
Bites the Dust" was one of many
popular rock songs Christian
evangelists alleged contained
subliminal messages through a
It was claimed the chorus, when
played in reverse, can be heard as
"Decide to smoke
"It's fun to smoke marijuana,” or
"Start to smoke marijuana.” This
part has been denied by spokesmen
from the record company.
Why do I bring it up now? If you
follow me on Facebook, this is a
regular post of mine, accompanied
with an article about a politician
resigning, accused, or suspected in
something, which will take our mind
off of important issues and focus on
“bad boy” issues. Yes, I mean to use
the gender because the lion’s share
of issues deal with men.
An example of this in August is a
magisterial district judge from York
County, Pennsylvania. Jeffrey Scott
Joy was relieved of his position
without pay by order of the
Pennsylvania Court of Judicial
Discipline. This suspension comes in
light of criminal charges being
filed against him. These charges are
the result of a December 2014
incident in which Joy propositioned
a woman to model lingerie for him in
exchange for him expunging her
criminal record and dismissing her
Or another issue I posted today
right before writing this column.
Indiana state Rep. Jud McMillin
resigned after a sexually explicit
video was sent via text message from
his cell phone, which he claims he
lost control of while in Canada.
I could go on and on…but will
probably save it for a book I am
putting together. When I am asked
about these issues or my advice, it
really is pretty simple.
When not in your residence
changing for the evening, keep
your clothes on;
Your smart phone is smarter than
you, keep control of what it
Sometimes it is just better to
keep quiet and put your thoughts
together before you make
comments. No one ever got in
trouble for not talking.
We know there is a busy political
year ahead of us…Let’s hope our
elected officials remember why they
ran for office and stay true to
their words. It might seem I enjoy
posting these articles on Facebook,
but really it is a sad state of
affairs when it happens.
Dear friends, keep the faith. There
are plenty of elected officials who
keep control of clothes, phones, and
Elizabeth Z. Bartz
President and CEO
New Lobbying Law Takes
Effect in San Joaquin County, California
September 17, 2015, a new lobbying law took effect in San Joaquin
County, California. Ordinance 4468, passed by the Board of
Supervisors in August, requires lobbyists, lobbying firms, and
lobbyist’s employers to register when lobbying county officials.
Registration with the clerk of the board is required 10 days after
becoming engaged as a lobbyist. There is an initial registration fee
of $75. The annual registration renewal fee is $50. No reporting of
lobbying activity is required after registration.
new county ordinance defines lobbying activities as oral,
written, or electronic communication made directly or indirectly to
a county official, for the purpose of persuading or influencing
official actions or decisions. An individual is required to register
when he or she is employed, contracts, or otherwise receives
compensation of $500 or more in any calendar month to communicate
directly or through agents, employees, or subcontractors with any
county official for the purpose of influencing official action.
However, a substantial or regular portion of the activities for
which the person receives such compensation must be for the purpose
of influencing official action. Influencing official action
includes promoting, supporting, influencing, modifying, opposing, or
delaying actions of any county official, including soliciting county
contracts or funds. Influence can include providing county officials
with statistics, studies, or analyses.
Registration is not required by agents and employees of tax-exempt
organizations, elected and appointed public officials and employees,
news organizations, and advocates or attorneys in certain
circumstances. Amendments to a registration form must be completed
and filed by the lobbyist with the clerk of the board within ten
days of any change.
Penalties for failing to register range from a written warning to
daily fines staggered in the amounts of $25, $50, and $75, up to a
maximum penalty of $500. Penalties also include disqualification
from county contracts if any lobbyist, lobbying firm, employer, or
other person or entity acting on behalf of the person or entity
seeking the contract fails to comply with the county's lobbying
Summary of Changes UPDATE
Note Recent Changes to
Michael Beckett, Esq., Research
CANADA: The Lobbyists Registration Office of the
Integrity Commissioner published A Guide to the Lobbyist
Registration Act. The guide is designed to help lobbyists
effectively register by explaining terms and requirements under the
act. In addition to providing relevant definitions, the guide
clarifies threshold questions for in-house lobbyists of an
organization. A lobbyist (or group of employees) engaging in
lobbying a minimum of four days per month over a three-month period
will reach the 20 percent registration threshold. An organization
that knows it will meet the threshold should register immediately
and not wait for the three-month lapse. The option to submit a
renewal is only available every six months from the anniversary date
of the initial registration. The in-house lobbyist for an
organization then has 30 days from the due date to renew the
ILLINOIS: City Council has added revolving
door provisions applicable to current city officials who previously
acted as a lobbyist. Ordinance 2015-4685 prohibits city employees
and officials from making or participating in the making of any
governmental decision for a period of two years from the date of
employment or becoming a city official in a matter benefiting his or
her immediate former employer or immediate former client unless such
employee or official has completely severed any ties with the former
employer or client.
Effective October 15, 2015, a new campaign finance law
requires independent expenditure reports to contain an
itemized account of each expenditure in excess of $250 in any one
candidate's election. Legislative Document 1449 also requires
disclosure of the date and purpose of each contribution or
expenditure and the name of each payee or creditor.
OKLAHOMA: Revised Constitutional
Ethics Rule 2.6 prohibits a person from soliciting a contribution
for a political party, a political action committee, a candidate, or
a state question campaign in any building or other property owned,
leased, or occupied by the state of Oklahoma. However, in light of
the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Reed v. Town of Gilbert (Docket
No. 13-502) and Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate
Veterans (Docket No. 14-144), the Oklahoma Ethics Commission has
suspended enforcement of Rule 2.6 until it can be amended to ensure
WISCONSIN: On Tuesday, September
2, Wisconsin ethics officials voted unanimously for a resolution
asking the state Legislature to clarify when lobbyists may donate to
an elected state official’s presidential campaign. State law
currently regulates when lobbyists can contribute to candidates for
state office but does not address rules for giving to those seeking
a federal office. The Government Accountability Board overseeing
Wisconsin election and ethics laws has received numerous inquiries
from registered lobbyists seeking clarification. The board is asking
legislators to address the issue.
Added to our Website
of municipalities and regional governments our research
associates track continues to grow. We now cover almost
300 municipalities and local governments. This is part of a continuous effort to better serve the
needs of our clients.
effort, we have recently added abridged jurisdictions to
our website. These entries, condensed due to the limited
number of relevant local laws, provide the core
information our clients need for their government
The new jurisdiction is:
Legislation We Are
At any given time, more than 1,000
legislative bills, which can affect how you do business as a government
affairs professional, are being discussed in federal, state, and local
jurisdictions. These bills are summarized in State and Federal
Communications' digital encyclopedias for lobbying laws, political
contributions, and procurement lobbying and can be found in the client
portion of our website.
Summaries of major bills are also included
in monthly email updates sent to all clients. The chart below shows the
number of bills we are tracking in regard to lobbying laws, political
contributions, and procurement lobbying.
Number of Jurisdictions
W E B S I T E
T I P
Registration thresholds provide the
essential criteria a government affairs professional
needs to know when determining whether or not to
register as a lobbyist. State and Federal Communications
now has two quick reference charts in the Lobbying Laws
publication dedicated to cataloging these thresholds in
the states and covered municipalities. The charts can be
accessed by clicking on the right side of the red
Lobbying Law banner and selecting "State Registration
Thresholds” or “Municipal Registration Thresholds” in
the pop-up menu. Be sure to reference these charts when
determining whether your activity triggers the
requirement to register in a given jurisdiction.
Federal Communications’ Experts Answer Your Questions
is your chance to “Ask the Experts” at State and Federal
Communications, Inc. Send your questions to
(Of course, we have always been available to answer
questions from clients that are specific to your needs, and
we encourage you to continue to call or email us with
questions about your particular company or organization. As
always, we will confidentially and directly provide answers
or information you need.) Our replies are not legal advice,
just our analysis of laws, rules, and regulations.
We recently hired a
lobbyist that is coming to our company directly from
spending a number of years as a Senate staffer. What
restrictions should we be aware of as her new employer
in terms of who she can contact on the Hill?
Both the House and the Senate have
post-employment restrictions for certain individuals
leaving their employment on the Hill. Importantly, the
House and Senate ethics committees will discuss with the
staffer prior to his or her departure the restrictions under
which he or she must operate. That said, as her new employer
you should definitely be aware of what restrictions are
applicable to her situation so neither the company nor
she violates the rules.
For the Senate, senior staff
(currently defined as individuals whose annual salary is
$130,500 or more) are subject to a one-year, Senate-wide
ban. Essentially, senior staff leaving the Senate may
not lobby the entire Senate for one year following their
departure – this includes lobbying contact with
personal, committee, and leadership offices. Staff
making less than $130,500 a year are subject to a one
year ban from lobbying their particular office – whether
personal, committee, or leadership office.
restriction for senior staff is a one year ban from
lobbying the particular office for which the former
staffer worked and there is no ban in the House for
staffers making less than $130,500.
Expert - Rebecca South, Federal Compliance Associate
PAC State and Local Government Affairs Conference
State and Federal Communications,
Inc. sent eight employees to the Public Affairs Council
State and Local Government Affairs Conference in
Alexandria, Virginia on September 23-25, 2015.
Dan Frydl, Marketing and Sales Manager; Rebecca South,
Federal Compliance Associate; and Kevin Newman, Esq.,
Back row: Avery Ware, Compliance Assistant; Gamble
Hayden, Federal Compliance Assistant; Elizabeth Z. Bartz,
President and CEO; Monica Dolenc, Marketing Associate;
and Emone Smith, Administrative Assistant.
State and Federal
Celebrates Staff Anniversaries
State and Federal Communications, Inc.
has always chosen to celebrate the
employment anniversary of its staff.
This year was a big year. Here
[photo on left] is our News You Can Use
editor, James Sedor, as he celebrated
his 15th anniversary in August. We
had a flag flown in his honor over the
U.S. Capitol provided by Ohio Sen.
Sherrod Brown along with a certificate
of authenticity and a gift from
Elizabeth in thanks of all those years
Above, Elizabeth was celebrating various
anniversaries. All three employees chose
The Home Depot gift cards as the anniversary
gift of choice.
[left to right: Elizabeth Z. Bartz, President
and CEO; Myra Cottrill, Esq., Client Specialist;
Nola Werren, Esq., Client Specialist; and Dave McPeek, IT Business and Operations Analyst.]
In May, State and Federal
Communications, Inc. celebrated the 10th
anniversary of Amber Fish Linke, Esq.,
Director, Client and Product Operations, and [on
right] John Cozine, Esq., Compliance Manager.
Practising Law Institute - Corporate Political
Activities 2015: Complying with Campaign
Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws took place
September 9-10, 2015, in Washington, DC.
State and Federal Communications Inc. sent the
following staff to the conference: [front left
to right] John Cozine, Esq., Compliance Manager;
Rebecca South, Federal Compliance Associate; and
Shamus Williams, Esq., Compliance Associate.
[back left to right] Myra Cottrill, Esq., Client
Specialist; Gamble Hayden, Federal Compliance
Associate; Kevin Newman, Esq., Research
Associate; Elizabeth Z. Bartz, President and
CEO; and Jennifer Zona, Esq., Compliance
Plan to say hello at future
events where State and Federal
will be attending and/or
speaking regarding compliance issues.
African Affairs Advisory Group Meeting,
Silver Spring, Maryland
Toastmasters, Washington, DC
AGRP State Lobbying Session,
National Press Club Lunch with Kevin
Costner, Washington, DC
WGR, Washington, DC
Toastmasters, Washington, DC
PAC Board Meeting, Scottsdale,
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