E-News from State and Federal
have not started providing language classes at State and
Federal Communications! In 2018, I mentioned in our
anniversary issue of Compliance Now, we were crossing the
Atlantic Ocean and offering our valued clients information
on lobbying and gift laws in the countries of the European
We continue to build on the
information we obtain from the various countries because we
have found the lingo different. Many use bribery instead
of defining what officials can
receive for gifts. And, the concept
of political action committees is very
But worry not, Research Associate
George Ticoras, Esq. is on top of it at State and Federal Communications.
George has been with us since September 1, 2010, and has been
able to tackle these countries and provide a great update
to the staff at our meetings.
As you are preparing your government
relations plan for 2020, consider adding our European
Lobbying Compliance Laws. We have an affordable way for you
to add it to your current services. Just give us a call.
Elizabeth Z. Bartz
President and CEO
Oregon Bolsters Campaign Finance Laws and
Requires Lobbyist Training
The Oregon Legislature passed amendments to
campaign finance and lobbying laws including a joint resolution
to change the state constitution and three bills signed by Gov.
Kate Brown requiring additional campaign disclosures and annual
training for lobbyists.
Campaign Finance Disclosures
Senate Joint Resolution 18 proposes an amendment
to the Oregon Constitution authorizing the adoption of state and
local laws to impose contribution limits. To become effective,
the proposed amendment must be passed by voters on the November
3, 2020 ballot.
House Bill 2716 requires communications
supporting or opposing a candidate to disclose donors.
Communications made by PACs must disclose the name of the PAC
and the top five donors of at least $10,000. A communication
made by an individual or for-profit business entity must only
state the name of the individual or for-profit business entity.
A penalty of 150% of the total cost of the communication may be
imposed if the disclosure requirements are not met. House Bill
2716 becomes effective December 3, 2020.
House Bill 2983 requires covered organizations
making political communications to file a donor identification
list identifying donors making donations of $10,000 or more
during that election cycle. Disclosure is required when spending
more than $100,000 on communications related to statewide races
or races in cities or counties with at least 60,000 residents.
The disclosure threshold is $25,000 for legislative races and
contests in smaller jurisdictions. A penalty not to exceed the
lesser of 10% per day or 150% of the total cost of the
communications may be imposed for violations. House Bill 2983
became effective when signed by the governor.
House Bill 3377 requires registered lobbyists to
attend annual training beginning in 2021. The bill establishes
the Legislative Equity Office and the position of legislative
equity officer to conduct the lobbyist training. Lobbyists will
be required to certify training attendance to the Oregon Ethics
Commission. The commission will be required to submit a report
to the legislative equity officer that lists the date each
lobbyist registered and the dates and duration of training each
lobbyist completed for the prior calendar year. House Bill 3377
becomes effective January 1, 2021.
[The details for this article are updated on our website in the
Registration and Reports Required sections of the Political
Contribution Compliance Laws and the Registration and
Definitions sections of the Lobbying Compliance Laws for
Summary of Changes UPDATE
Note Recent Changes to
Michael Beckett, Esq.,
City Council unanimously approved Mayor Lori
Lightfoot’s ethics ordinance expanding registration requirements
for nonprofits. Ethics Ordinance 2019-5305 includes in the
definition of lobbyist a person who seeks to influence
legislative or administrative action on behalf of a
not-for-profit entity if such person is paid or undertakes
those efforts as a matter of professional engagement, regardless
of pay. Registration is not required for providing nonpartisan
research, technical advice, or discussion regarding broad
social, economic, and similar problems. The lobbying amendments
are effective January 2020.
Guidance limiting IRS disclosure requirements was set aside by a
federal judge. In Bullock v. IRS, the U.S. District Court
District found the IRS violated the Administrative Procedure Act
by not providing notice and allowing a public comment period
before the guidance was issued. It predicated this decision by
finding the guidance was a legislative rule. On July 16, 2018,
the U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS announced certain
tax-exempt organizations would no longer be required to report
the names and addresses of contributors on their annual reports.
These organizations are still required to continue to collect
and keep the donor information and to make it available to the
IRS upon its request. This change did not affect the information
required to be reported by charities primarily receiving
tax-deductible contributions, such as 501(c)(3) organizations,
certain nonexempt private foundations, or 527 political
The Maryland Department of General Services launched the state’s
new electronic procurement system, eMaryland Marketplace
Advantage (eMMA). The eMMA system is Maryland’s new online
platform used to connect the vendor community with contracting
opportunities from state, county, and local government entities.
Registered vendors will receive notices of bid opportunities,
submit bid responses, and obtain bid results online. Accounts
from the previous system will not be transferred to eMMA.
Vendors will have to register with the new system. The state is
currently training over 825 procurement professionals to help
during the transition and provide training to users.
The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) launched new
search function capabilities from its lobbying application.
JCOPE website users can now choose “Lobbying Focus” to search
for recorded lobbying on specific bills, resolutions, and
regulations at both the state and municipal levels. The new
“Parties Lobbied” tool allows users to see which specific
agencies or lawmakers were lobbied and on what subject. The
public search is available at
The City Council passed an ordinance amending lobbying rules
based on recommendations from the city Ethics Commission.
Ordinance 2019-148 modifies the definition of activity expense
to include any payment made by a lobbyist to a city official if
during the previous 12 months the lobbyist engaged in lobbying
the city official’s department, agency, or city board. The
ordinance also changes the disclosure of employment-related
activity expenses from specific dollar amounts to one of seven
disclosure categories. If signed by the mayor, the ordinance
takes effect in 2020 when the first quarter filing is due.
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
Pay-to-play regulation of vendor
campaign contributions raises the stakes of
corporate participation in political campaigns.
State and Federal Communications covers pay-to-play
regulations in the Procurement Lobbying Compliance
Laws publication. Each entry contains detailed
information about any pay-to-play regulations
applicable to vendors in that jurisdiction. It will
also be noted if state pay-to-play laws are
applicable at the municipal level. In addition to
the comprehensive information in each jurisdiction’s
entry, there are two quick reference charts
dedicated to cataloging these restrictions in the
states and covered municipalities. The charts can be
accessed by clicking on the right side of the red
Procurement Lobbying Compliance Laws button and
selecting "States with Pay-to-Play Laws” or
“Municipalities with Pay-to-Play Laws” in the pop-up
menu. Make sure you refer to this information before
you approve a contribution because an otherwise
acceptable contribution can be trouble if given by a
person doing business with the candidate’s
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just our analysis of laws, rules, and regulations.
I’m a registered lobbyist in New Mexico and I heard a
law passed earlier this year establishing new lobbyist
disclosure reporting requirements. What should I know
about the new reporting requirements to make sure I am
compliant when I file my next report?
correct. A new law passed and became effective July 1,
2019. The next lobbyist disclosure report, due October 9th,
is the first report affected by the new reporting
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