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Archive for October, 2018

New York to Launch New Lobbyist Reporting System

JCOPE, lobbying, New York

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics will be launching a new online lobbying reporting system to coincide with the new Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “Female Candidates Break Barriers, Except When It Comes to Money” by Kate Zernike (New York Times) for Continued on Next Page

Washington D.C. Campaign Finance Reform Addresses Pay-to-Play

campaign finance, District of Columbia, pay-to-play, procurement

The Washington D.C. Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety unanimously passed a bill that aims to restrict political Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying, redistricting

Campaign Finance Kentucky: “Kentucky Officials Seek Changes in Campaign-Finance Laws” by Adam Beam (Associated Press) for Huntington Herald-Dispatch Montana: “How Continued on Next Page

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Florida: Undercover FBI Agent May Have Helped Pay for Gillum Fundraising Dinner Gary Fineout (Associated Press) Orlando Sentinel Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – October 26, 2018

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative sessions, lobbying, News You Can Use

      National: How a Billionaire from Another State Could Influence Your Elections Center for Public Integrity – Liz Continued on Next Page

Massachusetts Ballot Measure Seeks to Regulate Corporate Influence in Elections

campaign finance, Citizens United, elections, Massachusetts

Next month, Massachusetts voters will decide on a ballot measure seeking to cap corporate spending in elections. Ballot Question 2, Continued on Next Page

We Are for the Child

CASA, Corporate Social Responsibility, State and Federal Communications

The CASA Board Volunteer Association of Summit County held its annual fundraiser, “I Am for the Child” breakfast on October Continued on Next Page

Missouri Ballot Initiative to Amend Lobbying, Campaign Finance Laws

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, Missouri

Missouri voters in the November 6 election will decide on Constitutional Amendment One, which seeks to change campaign contribution limits, Continued on Next Page

Come and Get Your Donuts and Apple Cider!

State and Federal Communications

On Wednesday, October 31, State and Federal Communications is hosting its Ninth Annual Halloween Donuts and Cider Sale. All sales Continued on Next Page

North Dakota Ethics Policy Finalized

ethics, lobbying, North Dakota

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum finalized an ethics policy that applies to the governor, lieutenant governor, and employees of the Continued on Next Page

Georgia Governor Announces Special Session

Georgia, legislative sessions, special session

Gov. Nathan Deal announced a special session for November 13 regarding the costs associated with Hurricane Michael. The hurricane lead Continued on Next Page

Alaska Governor Drops Re-election Bid

Alaska, elections

Gov. Bill Walker dropped out of his race for re-election on October 19, just days after his lieutenant governor resigned Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance California: “Supervisors Order Destruction of Campaign Money Enforcement Emails” by Nick Gerda for Voice of OC Maine: “Crowdfunding Continued on Next Page

Baltimore City Council Passes Lobbying Act

Baltimore, ethics, lobbying, Maryland

On October 15, 2018, the Baltimore City Council passed an ethics bill introduced by City Councilman Zeke Cohen. Ordinance No. Continued on Next Page

Wednesdays LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance Colorado: “Opponents Say Amendment 75 Wrong Way to Take on Colorado’s Millionaire Candidates” by Michael De Yoanna for Continued on Next Page

Kentucky Campaign Finance Revisions Case Debates Restrictions on Speech

campaign finance, Kentucky, lobbying

On October 18, the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments to keep or overturn the permanent injunctions prohibiting Continued on Next Page

Procurement Policy Bill Vetoed

Guam, procurement

Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo vetoed Bill 28-34 aimed at restructuring the process of procurement protests. The governor indicated that Continued on Next Page

Colorado Schedules Rulemaking Hearing

campaign finance, Colorado

Secretary of State Wayne Williams scheduled a rulemaking hearing on November 14 to consider amendments to the state’s campaign and Continued on Next Page

Ballot Issue Analysis Allowed by Court

campaign finance, South Dakota

The Institute for Free Speech (IFS) will be allowed to distribute analysis of Measure 24 and Constitutional Amendment W without Continued on Next Page

Leadership PACs’ Personal Use Petition Comment Period Ends November 16

campaign finance, FEC, Federal Election Commission

The public has until November 16 to comment on a petition to expand federal regulations concerning the personal use of Continued on Next Page

Expert to Redraw VA District Maps

elections, redistricting, Virginia

Federal judges have appointed a University of California political science professor, Bernard Grofman, to redraw House of Delegates congressional maps. Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance North Carolina: “Citing Missing Contributions, Elections Board Refers Charlotte Lawmaker to Prosecutors” by Jim Morrill and Craig Jarvis Continued on Next Page

Lawsuit Filed Over Massachusetts Campaign Finance Law

campaign finance, elections, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance filed a lawsuit against the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) alleging that the state’s Continued on Next Page

Boston Mayor Signs Lobbying Ordinance

Boston, ethics, lobbying, Massachusetts

Mayor Marty Walsh signed an ordinance last week requiring lobbyist registration and reporting for individuals and entities attempting to influence Continued on Next Page

Tennessee Special Election Likely for State Senate Seat

elections, special elections, Tennessee

Sen. Majority Leader Mark Norris was appointed as judge to a U.S. District Court on October 11. Norris announced on Continued on Next Page

Alaska Lieutenant Governor Resigns

Alaska, elections

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned October 16 after making comments that were called “inappropriate” by Gov. Bill Walker. His Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Special Session Adjourns

elections, ethics, legislative sessions, North Carolina, special session

On October 15, the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned a special session after passing the Hurricane Florence Emergency Response Act Continued on Next Page

Special Sessions Scheduled for U.S. Virgin Islands

legislative sessions, special session, U.S. Virgin Islands

Lawmakers scheduled a special session for Wednesday, October 24. The special session is regarding an initiative seeking to split the Continued on Next Page

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Kentucky: “Kentucky AG Defends Campaign Finance Reform in Sixth Circuit” by Kevin Koeninger for Courthouse News Service National: Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use – October 19, 2018

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, News You Can Use

      National: First Came a Flood of Ballot Measures from Voters. Then Politicians Pushed Back. WRAL – Timothy Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

elections, ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Elections “The Legislature Made Unconstitutional Changes to the NC Elections Board, Judges Rule” by Will Doran for Raleigh News And Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance California: “An L.A. Councilman Held an $800-Per-Person Fundraiser. The Next Day, He Announced He Was Stepping Down” by Continued on Next Page

Anne Arundel County Passes Public Ethics Bill

ethics, lobbying, Maryland

On October 15,2018, the Anne Arundel County Council passed a public ethics bill originally proposed by County Executive Steve Schuh. Continued on Next Page

Ad Time Reservations Qualify as Expenditures

Alaska, elections, ethics

On October 9, the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) ruled that two independent expenditure groups violated state campaign finance laws. Continued on Next Page

Pennsylvania State Representative Passes Away

elections, Pennsylvania

State Rep. Mike O’Brien passed away on October 15 from a heart attack. Earlier this year, O’Brien controversially announced his Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance Connecticut: “Former Democratic Legislator Ernie Newton Wins New Trial in Campaign Finance Case” by Christopher Keating for Hartford Continued on Next Page

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

elections, ethics, procurement

Elections Georgia: Voting Rights Become a Flashpoint in Georgia Governor’s Race by Ben Nadler (Associated Press) for WRAL Ethics National: Continued on Next Page

National Group Files Lawsuit Regarding Two South Dakota Ballot Issues

elections, South Dakota

The Institute for Free Speech is challenging the constitutionality of a South Dakota law restricting the organization’s right to publicize Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use – October 12, 2018

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative sessions, lobbying, News You Can Use

      National: Out-of-State Donors Pour Cash into Democrats’ State Races Center for Public Integrity – Rui Kaneya and Continued on Next Page

Utah to Hold Special Session Following November Elections

legislative sessions, special session, Utah

Last week, Gov. Gary Herbert promised to call a special session of the legislature to address medical marijuana after the Continued on Next Page

Missouri Gift Ban Extends to Written Materials

gift law, Missouri

A public interest law firm challenged an executive order banning lobbyists from giving anything of value, including written materials, to Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “Out-of-State Donors Pour Cash into Democrats’ State Races” by Rui Kaneya and Joe Yerardi for Center for Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance California: “LA City Council Favors Reducing Barriers to Campaign Matching Funds” by Craig Clough for Los Angeles Daily Continued on Next Page

Super PAC Contributions the Subject of Alaska Public Office Commission Appeal

Alaska, campaign finance

On October 4, 2018, the Anchorage Superior Court heard witnesses in the formal appeal of an Alaska Public Office Commission Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Proposed Constitutional Amendment Concerns Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement

elections, ethics, North Carolina

North Carolina will vote on a constitutional amendment to establish an eight-member Bipartisan Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement in Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, redistricting

Campaign Finance National: “Wall Street Is Booming Under Trump. But Many of Its Donors Are Embracing Democrats.” by Shane Goldmacher Continued on Next Page

FEC Issues Reporting Guidance Following CREW v FEC

campaign finance, FEC, Federal Election Commission

On October 4, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) issued new guidance on the reporting of political contributions made to nonprofit Continued on Next Page

VA Lawmakers Cancel Redistricting Session

legislative sessions, redistricting, special session, Virginia

Lawmakers in the Virginia House of Delegates have canceled a redistricting session scheduled for October 21. Gov. Ralph Northam has Continued on Next Page

Ohio State Representative Resigns

elections, Ohio

Two-term Democratic state Rep. Martin Sweeney resigned from the House on Monday, October 1, with more than two months remaining Continued on Next Page

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance National: “FEC Guidance to Limit Impact of Dark Money Court Ruling” by Brian Slodysko for Associated Press National: Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use – October 5, 2018

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

      National: Missing in the G.O.P.: Black and Hispanic Nominees for Governor New York Times – Astead Herndon | Published: 10/3/2018 Continued on Next Page

Louisiana Lawmaker to Resign

elections, Louisiana, special elections

Sen. Rob Shadoin, a republican representing the state’s Ruxton area, announced he will resign his seat in the legislature and Continued on Next Page

Wisconsin Legislature to Hold Extraordinary Session

legislative sessions, special session, Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Legislature plans to call an extraordinary session to allow the Senate to consider a bill authorizing $100 million Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance Alabama: “‘Beach House Sheriff’ Used Pistol Permit Fees to Pay for TV Commercials During Campaign” by Connor Sheets Continued on Next Page

California’s FPPC Considers Biennial Cost of Living Adjustment for Campaign Contribution Limits

California, campaign finance, gift law

On November 15, the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) will consider proposed regulations to make biennial cost of living Continued on Next Page

By-Election For York–Simcoe (Ontario) Seat in House of Commons To Be Announced on Future Date

Canada, elections, special elections

Sometime before March 30, 2019, a by-election will be announced for the seat in the House of Commons representing York–Simcoe Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Massachusetts: “After Baker Tasked Eversource with Merrimack Valley Response, Executives Cut Checks to His Campaign” by Matt Stout Continued on Next Page

South Dakotans to Vote on Ethics this November

campaign finance, elections, ethics, South Dakota

South Dakotans will have multiple ethics-related ballot measures to vote on this November. Constitutional Amendment W, also known as the Continued on Next Page

California Training for Lobbyists Will Now Include Policies Against Sexual Harassment

California, ethics

On September 30, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring lobbyists to complete training on sexual harassment in connection Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance California: “Inglewood Mayor’s Campaign Loaned Nearly $160,000 to a Political Ally. None of It Has Been Paid Back” Continued on Next Page

California Governor Signs “Social Media DISCLOSE Act”

California, campaign finance, elections, ethics, social media

On September 26, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill concerning political advertising in social media. Assembly Bill 2188, the Continued on Next Page

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “Former Congressman Claims Vindication after Miami Judge Dismisses Ringer Lawsuit” by David Smiley for Miami Herald Canada: Continued on Next Page

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