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Archive for May, 2018

Special Election Called for Minnesota Senate District 13

elections, Minnesota

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach resigned from Senate District 13, ending the controversy of her simultaneously holding both offices. Gov. Continued on Next Page

Phoenix Mayor Resigns

Arizona, elections, Phoenix

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton resigned this week to run for a seat in the U.S. Congress. Arizona has a resign Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying, procurement

Campaign Finance California: “That Political Mailer on Your Kitchen Counter Isn’t What It Seems” by Taryn Luna for Sacramento Bee Continued on Next Page

Missouri Governor Announces Resignation

ethics, Missouri

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has announced his resignation amid potential impeachment proceedings. Greitens was indicted in February on a felony Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “Federal Election Commission Can’t Decide If Russian Interference Violated Law” by Peter Overby for WAMU National: “Invitations Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “Who’s Behind Those Political Ads on Facebook? Now, You Can Find Out.” By Tony Romm (Washington Post) Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – May 25, 2018

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Cryptocurrency contributions, campaign disclosure changes, and tax breaks for small business all in this weeks quick News You Can Use Continued on Next Page

Lobbying Disclosure and Congressional Revolving Door Bills Introduced

ethics, Federal Government, lobbying

Legislation affecting lobbying was introduced this week in both the Senate and House. Senate Bill 2896 would require lobbyists to Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – May 25, 2018

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying, News You Can Use

      Federal: The Princes, the President and the Fortune Seekers Seattle Times – Desmond Butler and Tom LoBianco Continued on Next Page

Court Upholds Montana’s Dark Money Disclosure Laws

campaign finance, Montana

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Montana’s campaign spending disclosure laws this week. The three-judge panel ruled the Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

elections, ethics, lobbying

Elections Alabama: “Competition Sparse in Many Alabama Legislative Districts” by Mike Cason for AL.com Georgia: “Stacey Abrams Wins Georgia Democratic Continued on Next Page

Third Request for FEC to Consider Rulemaking Concerning Foreign Interference in Elections

campaign finance, FEC, Federal Election Commission

At the May 24 meeting of the Federal Election Commission, Vice Chair Ellen L. Weintraub resubmitted proposals for the commission Continued on Next Page

Vermont Lawmakers Reconvene for Special Session

legislative sessions, special session, Vermont

Lawmakers reconvene today in Montpelier for a special session called by Gov. Phil Scott. The focus of the special session Continued on Next Page

West Virginia Legislature Adjourns Special Legislative Session

legislative issues, legislative sessions, special session, West Virginia

The West Virginia Legislature adjourned a two-day special legislative session on May  21, 2018. Lawmakers passed eight bills, including a Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Florida: “Florida’s Porous Campaign Finance Laws: ‘You can do almost anything’” by Gary Fineout (Associated Press) for Tampa Continued on Next Page

Oregon Legislature Adjourns One-day Special Session

legislative sessions, Oregon, special session

The Oregon Legislature adjourned a one-day special session on May 21, 2018. The special session was called by Gov. Kate Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

elections, ethics, lobbying

Elections National: “Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met with Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election” by Mark Mazzetti, Ronen Continued on Next Page

South Carolina Legislature to Reconvene This Week for Two-Day Session

legislative sessions, South Carolina

South Carolina lawmakers will return to the State House this week to deal with unfinished legislative business after legislators extended Continued on Next Page

Colorado Secretary of State Considering Amendments to Campaign Finance Rules

campaign finance, Colorado, Cryptocurrency

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is considering amendments to the state’s campaign finance rules. A new rule would allow Continued on Next Page

West Virginia Governor Calls for Special Legislative Session

legislative sessions, special session, West Virginia

On May 18, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice issued a call for the West Virginia Legislature to meet in special Continued on Next Page

Minnesota Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

legislative issues, legislative sessions, Minnesota

The Minnesota Legislature adjourned sine die on May 20, 2018. The Legislature passed bills relating to misrepresenting service animals, prohibiting Continued on Next Page

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Campaign Finance Missouri: “Greitens Won’t Face Charges for Allegedly Lying to State Ethics Commission” by Jason Hancock for Kansas City Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – May 18, 2018

elections, ethics, legislative issues, legislative sessions, lobbying

Lots of legislatures adjourned this week, find out what they did in this edition of News You Can Use Video Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – May 18, 2018

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      National: These Women Mostly Ignored Politics. Now, Activism Is Their Job. WRAL – Campbell Robertson (New York Continued on Next Page

Louisiana Legislature to Adjourn Early in Favor of Special Session

legislative sessions, Louisiana, special session

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced this week that the Louisiana Legislature will adjourn Friday, three weeks ahead of its scheduled Continued on Next Page

San Francisco Campaign Finance Reform Legislation Passes First Reading

California, campaign finance, San Francisco

The San Francisco, California Board of Supervisors unanimously passed, on first reading, campaign finance reform legislation aimed at providing more Continued on Next Page

Vermont Governor Calls Special Session

legislative sessions, special session, Vermont

Gov. Phil Scott called a special session for May 23, 2018. The governor is planning to veto the state budget Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Missouri: “‘Shell Companies’ Gave Money to Gov. Eric Greitens’ Campaign: Memo released by lawmakers” by Will Schmidt for Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics

Campaign Finance National: “Women Reaching New Levels in Political Donations” by Kate Ackley for Roll Call National: “$1 Million Mystery Continued on Next Page

Indiana Convenes and Adjourns Special Session

Indiana, legislative sessions, special session

The Indiana special session convened and adjourned on May 14, as expected. The special session had a limited agenda and Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “Politicos Beware: Court ruling could prompt more transparent campaign spending” by Carrie Levine for Center for Public Continued on Next Page

Alaska Passes Ethics Bill, Potentially Removes Government Ethics Initiative Measure

Alaska, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

The Alaska Legislature passed House Bill 44, a bill with the potential to remove an initiative measure known as the Continued on Next Page

Vermont Legislature Adjourns Sine Die and Passes Electioneering Bill

campaign finance, elections, legislative issues, legislative sessions, Vermont

The Vermont General Assembly adjourned sine die May 12. Lawmakers passed a bill to amend campaign finance provisions relating to Continued on Next Page

The Kansas Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Kansas, legislative issues, legislative sessions, lobbying

The 2018 Kansas Legislature adjourned sine die. This legislative session was the first to go the full 90 days since Continued on Next Page

FEC Posts Examples of Proposed Internet Disclaimers

campaign finance, FEC, Federal Election Commission

Ahead of its June 27 rulemaking hearing, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has posted examples of internet disclaimers on its Continued on Next Page

June 18 Canadian Federal By-Election Announced

Canada, elections, Quebec, special elections

On May 13, Elections Canada announced a federal by-election will be held on June 18 in the electoral district of Continued on Next Page

Alaska Legislature Adjourns Legislative Session

Alaska, legislative sessions

The 30th Alaska Legislature adjourned sine die in the early hours of May 13. The legislative session was extended with Continued on Next Page

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “FEC Allows Candidate to Use Campaign Funds for Child Care” by Aris Folley for The Hill Connecticut: Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – May 11, 2018

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A lot to cover this week in campaign finance, legislative issues, and legislative sessions news in NYCU Video Digest.  

Colorado General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

Colorado, legislative issues, legislative sessions

The 2018 session of the Colorado General Assembly adjourned sine die on Wednesday, May 9. During the four-month session, lawmaker Continued on Next Page

Kansas Governor Signs Transparency Bill Imposing Fees for Late Reports

ethics, Kansas, lobbying

Gov. Jeff Colyer signed a transparency bill to increase penalties for failing to file timely reports. Effective July 1, House Continued on Next Page

FEC Approves Campaign Request to Use Funds for Childcare

campaign finance, FEC, New York

The FEC voted unanimously 4-0 to allow New York Congressional candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley to spend her campaign funds on Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – May 11, 2018

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      National: Tough Choices, and Criticism, for Emily’s List as Democratic Women Flood Primaries New York Times – Continued on Next Page

Connecticut General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

Connecticut, ethics, legislative issues, legislative sessions, lobbying

The Connecticut General Assembly adjourned sine die on May 9, 2018. Lawmakers took no action on a bill affecting campaign Continued on Next Page

Minnesota Gov. Signs Campaign Finance Bill into Law

campaign finance, Minnesota

Gov. Mark Dayton signed 14 bills into law on May 8. Of particular interest, Dayton approved Senate File 3306, a Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance National: “Romney’s Old Campaign Sitting on Illegal Campaign Dollars” by Ken Doyle for Bloomberg Government Missouri: “County Council Continued on Next Page

Oklahoma Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

ethics, legislative sessions, Oklahoma

The Second Regular Session of the 56th Oklahoma State Legislature adjourned sine die on Thursday, May 3. Prior to adjournment, Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “Tough Choices, and Criticism, for Emily’s List as Democratic Women Flood Primaries” by Sheryl Gay Stolberg for Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “‘Scam PACs’ Rake in Millions Under Guise of Charity” by Maggie Severns and Scott Bland for Politico Continued on Next Page

Connecticut Governor Announces Special Election

Connecticut, elections, special elections

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced a special election for June 4. The special election will fill the Connecticut House of Representatives Continued on Next Page

By-Election to be Held for MP Gordon Brown’s seat for Leeds–Grenville–Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes

Canada, elections, special elections

On May 7, Elections Canada announced a by-election for the House of Commons will be held for the seat for Continued on Next Page

Iowa Session Adjourns Sine Die

Iowa, legislative issues, legislative sessions

The 2018 Iowa legislative session adjourned sine die May 5, 2018. The state budget passed both houses and a tax Continued on Next Page

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Missouri: Greitens Lied to State Ethics Commission, Took Charity Donor List, Report Says by Jack Suntrup and Kurt Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – May 4, 2018

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We know you don’t always have time to read news from all around the country, so here it is in Continued on Next Page

Ballot Issue to Amend Ethics Laws Submitted to Missouri Secretary of State

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, Missouri

An organization named Clean Missouri submitted to the secretary of state nearly 350,000 signatures in support of an initiative for Continued on Next Page

Hawaii Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

campaign finance, Hawaii, legislative issues, legislative sessions

The 2018 session of the Hawaii State Legislature adjourned sine die on Thursday, May 3. Senate Bill 2154 passed and Continued on Next Page

Arizona Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Arizona, campaign finance, legislative issues, legislative sessions

Arizona adjourned the 53rd Legislature, 2nd Regular Session sine die on May 4, 2018. The Legislature was schedule to adjourn Continued on Next Page

Missouri Lawmakers Will Consider Impeachment During Special Legislative Session

legislative sessions, Missouri, special session

Missouri lawmakers will convene a special legislative session on the evening of May 18 following adjournment of the regular legislative Continued on Next Page

Maine Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

legislative issues, legislative sessions, Maine

The Maine Legislature adjourned sine die on May 2, 2018. The session adjourned 14 days after statutory adjournment, or April Continued on Next Page

Pennsylvania Governor Announces Special Election

elections, Pennsylvania, special elections

Gov. Tom Wolf announced a special election on the same day as the general election, November 6. The special election Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – May 4, 2017

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      National: Crimes Are No Longer a Disqualification for Republican Candidates San Francisco Chronicle – Michael Scherer (Washington Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Ohio: “Mary Taylor’s $3 Million Campaign Loan Subject of State Legislator’s Elections Complaint” by Andrew Tobias for Cleveland Continued on Next Page

Our April Scrapbook

State and Federal Communications

Check out some photos from a busy April at State and Federal Communications! Staff Anniversaries:

May Calendar

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See us in person! Are you attending any of these events in May? Make sure you say hi to someone Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s Government and Ethics News

campaign finance, ethics, procurement

Campaign Finance Canada: “Trudeau Government Proposes Major Changes to Elections Law” by Aaron Wherry for CBC Florida: “FEC Plans Crackdown Continued on Next Page

Elections Modernization Act Introduced in Canada’s House of Commons

Canada, elections

On April 30, the Trudeau government, through the Minister of Democratic Institutions, introduced a bill intended to reform federal elections Continued on Next Page

Ask the Experts – Employee Personal Political Contributions

Ask the Experts, campaign finance, pay-to-play

Q. Before I can make a political contribution using my own funds, my employer requires that I obtain permission first.  Continued on Next Page

Working Our Way Around the World

Elizabeth Bartz, Europe, lobbying

You have probably read our blogs, columns, press releases, and digital media posts about our new publication, European Compliance Laws. As Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s Government and Ethics News

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Campaign Finance Canada: “B.C. Closes ‘Loophole’ in Municipal Campaign Finance Laws” by Frances Bula for Globe and Mail National: “Meet Continued on Next Page

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