E-News from State and Federal Communications, Inc.
June 2019

State and Federal Communications
+ Inside Elections = Priceless

I have known Nathan Gonzales for a number of years and love, love, love everything he has to say about elections in the United States, and now, the State and Federal Communications community will receive a copy of his bimonthly newsletter Inside Elections at absolutely no additional cost. The newsletter will be sent to all our subscription clients and all our ALERTS consulting clients.

We are always looking for ways to be your resource for campaign finance laws, lobbying laws, and procurement lobbying laws in the states, more than 300 municipalities, federal, Canada, and European Union countries. With Inside Elections, you will now have strong information about elections in the country to share with your colleagues.

Wait! Maybe you are not familiar with Nathan Gonzales. He is Editor and Publisher of Inside Elections, which provides nonpartisan analysis of campaigns for Senate, House, governor, and president. He was an editor, analyst, and writer for The Rothenberg Political Report for more than 13 years before taking over the company in 2015. He is a small business owner, like me, and that adds to my admiration.

Nathan is also Elections Analyst for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, a CNN Political Analyst, and Founder and Publisher of PoliticsinStereo.com. On Election Night 2016, Nathan was an on-air analyst for the Newshour on PBS after working as an off-air consultant for ABC News on their Election Night Decision Desk for 14 years. Previously, he worked for CNN.com and as associate producer for CNN’s Capital Gang. He has appeared on NBC's Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, CNN, and the Fox News Channel, and he has been quoted in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. His work has also appeared on FiveThirtyEight, WashingtonPost.com, NBCLatino.com, and in Campaigns & Elections magazine. (For those who have known me forever, remember I started my DC career at Campaigns & Elections working for Founder Stanley Foster Reed.)

Nathan grew up in Oregon, earned his M.A. from the George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management (Washington, DC) and his B.A. from Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, California). He first came to Washington, D.C. as an intern in the White House Press Office and now lives in the city with his wife and four children.

I am looking forward to sharing his insights with the State and Federal Community. If you want to send it to additional folks on your team, do not hesitate to give Tony Didion a call and he will take care of it.

You can contact him at adidion@stateandfed.com or 330-761-9960.

Until next month when we are on the road with the summer conferences.

Thank you,

Elizabeth Z. Bartz

President and CEO

Idaho Amends Lobbying and
Campaign Finance Laws

Carlos Aguja, Esq.
Research Associate

Gov. Brad Little signed legislation with the purpose of modifying and bringing more transparency into existing state sunshine laws. Senate Bill 1153 clarifies definitions and procedures for lobbyist registration and reporting, while Senate Bill 1113 similarly clarifies definitions and procedures for political committee registration and reporting.

Lobbying Amendments

Senate Bill 1153 bill defines lobbyist’s client as the person on whose behalf the lobbyist is acting, directly or indirectly, as a contractor, and by whom the lobbyist or lobbyist’s employer is compensated for acting as a lobbyist. The bill exempts members of a trade association acting on behalf of and at the request of the trade association from registration if the association is registered as a lobbyist and the association reports any expenditures.

Upon registration, an email address for the lobbyist employer, lobbyist client, or designated contact is required for electronic notification. The requirement for the lobbyist’s employer to sign reports filed by lobbyists is no longer necessary. Once a report is filed, an employer, client, or designated contact on the report will be notified of the filing based on the email address required at registration. Senate Bill 1153 becomes effective July 1.

Campaign Finance Amendments

Senate Bill 1113 expands the definition of election to include any state or local general, special, recall, or primary election and defines a local government office to include any publicly elected office for any political subdivision of the state or special district that is not a legislative, judicial, statewide, or federal office.

The bill increases the registration threshold for political committees from $500 to $1,000 and provides new provisions for participation in local elections. An initial report must be filed within seven days of meeting the $1,000 threshold for supporting or opposing any candidate for local government office or any local ballot measure. Reporting dates for political committees are monthly during election years and annually for nonelection years. Persons missing the filing deadline will receive notice within 24 hours,  with late filing fees accruing after 48 hours from the deadline. Senate Bill 1113 is effective January 1, 2020.

[The details for this article will be updated on our website in the Registration, Reports Required, and Definitions sections of the Lobbying, Procurement Lobbying, and Political Contribution Compliance Laws for Idaho.]

Summary of Changes UPDATE
Note Recent Changes to Compliance Regulations 

Michael Beckett, Esq.,
Research Manager

COLORADO: Gov. Jared Polis signed the Lobbyist Transparency Act into law on May 20, shining new light on the disclosure requirements of lobbyists and their clients. House Bill 1248 increases transparency by stopping attorneys registered as professional lobbyists from asserting confidentiality in order to conceal client information and lobbying activity. A professional lobbyist must notify the secretary of state within 72 hours of agreeing to lobby in connection with new legislation or taking a new position on a new or existing bill for a new or existing client when the General Assembly is in regular or special session. Additionally, the bill instructs the secretary of state to form a working group to upgrade the electronic filing system in order to ease the use of data reported and to increase overall transparency. The secretary of state must convene the working group no later than July 1, and the group must meet at least once before December 31.

GEORGIA: The Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission voted to raise contribution limits. For statewide elected offices, the contribution limits increased from $6,600 to $7,000 for primary and general elections and from $3,900 to $4,100 for primary and general runoff elections. Contribution limits for all other offices increased from $2,600 to $2,800 for primary and general elections and from $1,400 to $1,500 for primary and general runoff elections. The previous contribution limits had not changed since 2016.

MAINE: Gov. Janet Mills recently signed two lobbying bills and one campaign finance bill into law. Legislative Document 76 bans future lawmakers from any paid lobbying within their first year out of office beginning with the 130th Legislature. Legislative Document 825 expands the scope of harassment prevention training required for legislators, legislative staff, and lobbyists to include racial harassment. The bill will take effect 90 days after adjournment of the legislative session. Legislative Document 780 reduces from $850 to $500 the maximum allowable contribution individuals, corporations, PACs, and labor unions may make to candidates for municipal office. The bill will take effect on January 1, 2020.

MASSACHUSETTS: On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States announced it would decline to hear a challenge to a Massachusetts law banning corporate contributions to campaigns, parties, and candidate-focused political action committees. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously rejected the challenge, brought by 1A Auto Inc. and 126 Self Storage Inc., in September. The suit claimed disparate treatment by banning for-profit corporate contributions while allowing significant contributions by unions and nonprofits. After the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United, state law was updated to allow corporate spending for independent expenditures but not political contributions. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey applauded Monday’s decision not to hear the case for the integrity of state elections. Opponents of the law are hopeful the Supreme Court will take up the issue in another case.

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA: City Council unanimously passed an ordinance to prohibit lobbying after public employment. Ordinance No. 2019-115 defines officer or employee as members of City Council, city officers and employees, and individuals who receive monetary compensation for service on or employment by agencies, boards, authorities, sanitary districts, commissions, committees, and task forces appointed by the city council. Former officers and employees for one year after their term of office may not represent a client for compensation on matters of any nature involving any agency, department, or office of the city government the former officer or employee served immediately prior to the termination of employment or service. The revolving door ordinance is effective July 1.

Legislation We Are Tracking

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.

  Total bills Number of Jurisdictions Passed Died Carried over
to 2019
Lobbying Laws 283 49 35 52 31
Political Contributions 528 53 53 100 65
Procurement Lobbying 307 47 34 51 26


Take advantage of the website’s bookmarking function from your dashboard. Any publication in a given jurisdiction can be bookmarked by clicking on the translucent bookmark pennant on the upper right-hand side of your chosen jurisdiction’s screen. The bookmark will turn red when activated. When you return to your dashboard page (by clicking on your name at the top of the screen), you will see your chosen bookmarks listed under the “Bookmarks” heading. Clicking on a bookmark will bring you directly to the bookmarked jurisdiction without needing to select a publication or a jurisdiction. Clicking on the red bookmark will remove the jurisdiction from your list of bookmarks.


State and Federal Communications’ Experts
Answer Your Questions

Here is your chance to “Ask the Experts” at State and Federal Communications, Inc. Send your questions to experts@stateandfed.com. (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.

As a company, we have in-house employees who will be engaging with agency officials in Kentucky to secure an upcoming procurement opportunity. Will they need to register as lobbyists?


That’s a great question. Depending on their level of activity, your company’s in-house employees may need to register as lobbyists. Kentucky recently enacted a bill that expands the definition of lobbying and increases disclosure requirements for executive branch lobbyists. The new requirements become effective on June 28, 2019. Once the law change is in effect, here’s who will have to register:

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Myra Cottrill, Esq., Compliance Specialist

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State and Federal Communications, Inc.
Scrapbook - June 2019

Everyday is International Women's Day at
State and Federal Communications!

Samuel DeShazior, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development in Akron, and I had the fabulous opportunity to spend our evening with Lydiah Gitachu,
a Kenyan actress, volunteering at SXSW.

Staff Anniversaries

On May 31, we honored staff anniversaries for March thru May.

Amber Fish Linke
14 years

Becky Campbell
8 years

Carlo Aguja
1 year

Gamble Hayden
4 year

Kari Montisano
1 year


Adrienne Borgstahl
3 years

Nicolette Koozer
18 years

Nola Werren
22 years

Craig Swanson
2 years

Plan to say hello at future events where State and Federal Communications, Inc.
will be attending and/or speaking regarding compliance issues.


 June 3-6, 2019

 BIO Convention, Philadelphia, PA

 June 5-7, 2019

 Interel Group Summit, Washington, DC

June 13-15, 2019

Women In Government National Legislative Conference, Chicago, IL

June 13, 2019 

Digital Media and Advocacy Summit, Washington, DC

June 13, 2019

PWIA Chicago Conference, Chicago, IL

June 13, 2019

PRSA--How Public Relations Saved the Goodyear Blimp, Akron, OH

June 14, 2019

Women's Network & KNOW: The Women of Achievement Awards, Akron, OH

June 17, 2019

2019 Child Advocacy Summit, Akron, OH

June 18, 2019

PAC PALS NABPAC Networking Reception, Washington, DC

June 19, 2019

Ohio State Society Summer Social, Washington, DC

June 20, 2019 

Akron Roundtable, Akron, OH

June 22-26, 2019

SHRM Conference, Las Vegas, NV

June 26-28, 2019

SGAC National Summit, Las Vegas, NV

June 28-July 1, 2019

US Conference of Mayors--Summer Meeting, Honolulu, HI


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