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Archive for November, 2018

Designated Lobbyists Required to Register in Missouri

ethics, lobbying, Missouri

On November 28, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit panel affirmed a district court Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – November 30, 2018

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

      Federal: How FEC Babysitting Decision Could Pave Way for More Hill Diversity Roll Call – Stephanie Akin | Published: 11/26/2018 Continued on Next Page

Montana Proposes New Lobbyist Registration Threshold

ethics, lobbying, Montana

The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices has proposed to amend the threshold amount a lobbyist can earn to trigger lobbyist Continued on Next Page

Columbus Officials Propose Campaign Finance Reform

campaign finance, Columbus, Ohio

Mayor Andrew Ginther and the City Council announced plans to limit contributions to municipal elections for the first time in Continued on Next Page

Lawsuit Filed Over JCOPE’s Comprehensive Lobbying Regulations

ethics, JCOPE, lobbying, New York

A lawsuit has been filed against the Joint Commission on Public Ethics to stop the commission’s Comprehensive Lobbying Regulations from Continued on Next Page

Alaska Law on Out-of-State Contributions Found Unconstitutional

Alaska, campaign finance

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Alaska law regulating the annual aggregate limit on campaign contributions from Continued on Next Page

Atlanta City Council Announces District 3 Special Election

Atlanta, elections, Georgia, special elections

The Atlanta City Council will hold a special election for District 3 on March 19, 2019. The District 3 seat Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “Unnamed Donors Gave Large Sums to Conservative Nonprofit That Funded Pro-Trump Allies” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee Continued on Next Page

Alberta, Canada Considering Municipal Campaign Finance Bill

campaign finance, Canada, ethics, lobbying

On November 26, a campaign finance bill concerning municipal elections in Alberta, Canada, was adjourned for consideration of an amendment Continued on Next Page

Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act Introduced in House

ethics, Federal Government, lobbying

On November 16, a 289-page bill with various changes to federal lobbying and ethics laws was introduced in the House Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, redistricting

Campaign Finance National: “Jeb Bush Super-PAC Fined $200,000 for Campaign Finance Violation” by Ken Doyle for Bloomberg Government New Jersey: Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance National: “How FEC Babysitting Decision Could Pave Way for More Hill Diversity” by Stephanie Akin for Roll Call Continued on Next Page

Tennessee to Hold Special Election for State Senate Seat

elections, special elections, Tennessee

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced a special election to fill the vacancy in Senate District 32, which includes Tipton County Continued on Next Page

D.C. Council Approves Pay-to-Play Reforms

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

The Washington D.C. Council approved a bill in a first full council vote that aims to restrict political contributions by Continued on Next Page

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance New York: N.Y. Democrats Vowed to Get Big Money Out of Politics. Will Big Money Interfere?by Vivian Wang Continued on Next Page

Missouri Gov. revises ethics order, brings back lobbyist ban

ethics, gift law, lobbying, Missouri

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed an executive order superseding an ethics policy implemented by his predecessor, former Gov. Eric Greitens. Continued on Next Page

Utah Special Session to be Held on December 3

legislative sessions, special session, Utah

The Utah Legislature will meet in a special session on December 3 to discuss the voter-approved medical marijuana ballot measure Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance National: “Democrats Plan ‘Aggressive’ Oversight of Federal Election Commission” by Dave Levinthal and Ashley Balcerzak for Center for Continued on Next Page

Duplicate Profiles in New York Lobbying Application

JCOPE, lobbying, New York

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics is aware there are duplicate profiles in the new lobbying reporting system. Duplicate profiles Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “Golf Courses, Dallas Cowboys: Report questions how Congress spends campaign money” by Lesley Clark for McClatchy DC Continued on Next Page

JCOPE’s New Lobbying Reporting System has Launched

JCOPE, lobbying, New York

The New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics has launched a new lobbyist reporting system. The Organization Profile section has Continued on Next Page

GA Adjourns Special Session

Georgia, legislative sessions, special session

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned a special session on Saturday. Legislators approved two bills allocating $270 million for emergency relief Continued on Next Page

FPPC Approves Cost of Living Adjustments for Gift Limits

California, campaign finance, FPPC, gift law

On November 15, the California Fair Political Practices Commission approved proposed regulations to make biennial cost of living adjustments to Continued on Next Page

New Mexico Increases Contribution Limits

campaign finance, elections, New Mexico

New Mexico law states on the day after each general election, campaign contribution limits increase in accordance with a formula Continued on Next Page

GA Sets Special Election for House District 14

elections, Georgia, special elections

A special election was called for December 18 for House District 14. The seat is vacant after Rep. Christian Coomer Continued on Next Page

Report Issued on FEC’s Management and Performance Challenges

FEC, Federal Election Commission

On November 15, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the OIG’s Statement on the FEC’s Continued on Next Page

Toledo to hold Special Election for County Jail

elections, Ohio

The city of Toledo will hold a special election to maintain a jail in Lucas County. The ballot initiative to Continued on Next Page

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, redistricting

Campaign Finance National: “These Democrats Swore Off PACs. But Corporate Lobbyists Have a Plan” by Kate Ackley for Roll Call Continued on Next Page

San Diego Council to Close Confidential Document Loophole

California, ethics, lobbying, San Diego

The city council of San Diego voted unanimously to introduce an ordinance providing tighter restrictions on the handling of confidential Continued on Next Page

VA Special Election for State Senate District 33

elections, special elections, Virginia

Loudoun County officials announced a special election for the 33rd state Senate District seat on January 8, 2019. Candidates have Continued on Next Page

Our NEO Can-demonium!

Corporate Social Responsibility, State and Federal Communications

The law firm of Perantinides & Nolan challenged us to collect more than the 505 canned goods they collected in Continued on Next Page

The District of Columbia Adjusts Procurement and Lobbying Requirements

District of Columbia, ethics, lobbying, procurement, Uncategorized

Act A22-0442, which included the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Amendment Act of 2018, passed congressional review. The Act Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – November 16, 2018

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

      Federal: Banner Year for Female Candidates Doesn’t Extend to Republican Women MSN – Susan Chira (New York Continued on Next Page

Congressman-elect Resigns Current State Senate Seat

elections, North Dakota

North Dakota Congressman-elect Kelly Armstrong resigned his District 36 seat in the State Senate. District 36 Republicans will nominate their Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, redistricting

Campaign Finance Arizona: “Arizona Utility Regulators Ask Judge to Bar Colleague’s Investigation of Them” by Howard Fischer (Capitol Media Services) Continued on Next Page

December 3 Election Date Chosen for Leeds–Grenville–Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes (Ontario), Canada

Canada, elections, Ontario, special elections

On December 3, an election will be held for the electoral district of Leeds–Grenville–Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes (Ontario) to Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

elections, ethics

Elections Arizona: “Centrist Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Flips Arizona Senate Seat” by The Associated Press for MSN Georgia: “Federal Judge Delays Continued on Next Page

South Carolina to Hold Special Election for Senate Seat

elections, South Carolina

South Carolina will hold a special election to fill a vacant seat in Senate District 6 after William Timmons resigned Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Federal: “Trump Involved in ‘Nearly Every Step’ of Hush-Money Payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal: WSJ” by Continued on Next Page

VA Speaker Calls Special Election for District 24

elections, special elections, Virginia

Speaker Kirk Cox formally calls a special election to fill House District 24 on December 18. The House of Delegates Continued on Next Page

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: Corporate PACs Try to Rebuild Their Reputations After Midterms by Lorraine Woellert for Politico Elections National: In Continued on Next Page

Democrat Janet Mills Becomes Maine’s First Woman Governor

elections, Maine

Maine has elected state Attorney General Janet Mills as governor, making her the first woman to hold the state’s highest Continued on Next Page

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Elected for First Full Term

Alabama, elections

Incumbent Republican Governor Kay Ivey won her first full term as Alabama governor defeating Democratic challenger and Tuscaloosa mayor Walt Continued on Next Page

Steve Sisolak Wins Seat Against Adam Laxalt in Nevada

elections, Nevada

In a state sweep, Democratic candidate Steve Sisolak won the governor’s race, ending twenty years of Republican control. Nevada’s gubernatorial Continued on Next Page

No Surprise, Abbott Wins Re-election in Texas

elections, Texas

Governor Greg Abbott won re-election in Texas, easily defeating democratic challenger Lupe Valdez. Abbott won 55.8 percent to Valdez’s 42.5 Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use – November 9, 2018

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

      National: Forget the Russians. On This Election Day, It’s Americans Peddling Disinformation and Hate Speech. Washington Post Continued on Next Page

Citizens of Portland Vote to Limit Large Political Contributions

campaign finance, elections, Oregon, Portland

Portland, Oregon voters passed a campaign finance measure to limit large political campaign contributions. The amended charter limits independent expenditures Continued on Next Page

Utah Special Session to Address Medical Marijuana

elections, legislative issues, legislative sessions, special session, Utah

This week, Utah voters passed Proposition 2 legalizing medical marijuana. The highly controversial ballot initiative caused Gov. Gary Herbert to Continued on Next Page

Akron Voters Approve Primary Date Change

Akron, elections, Ohio

A majority of Akron voters approved Charter Amendment Issue 9, moving the city’s primary date from September to May. The Continued on Next Page

Mark Gordon Takes Over in Wyoming

elections, Wyoming

Republican Mark Gordon was elected governor of Wyoming over Democrat Mary Thorne. Also running were Rex Rammell of the Constitution Continued on Next Page

United Way Read to Me Day

State and Federal Communications, United Way

On read to me day, volunteers sign up with the United Way of Summit County to read to an elementary Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, legislative issues, redistricting

Campaign Finance Arizona: “Arizona Voters OK Public Campaign Finance Change” by the Associated Press for Arizona Daily Star New York: Continued on Next Page

Tennessee Elects Bill Lee Governor

elections, Tennessee

The people of Tennessee voted to elect Republican Bill Lee as governor, defeating Democrat Karl Dean. 26 Independents also ran Continued on Next Page

J.B. Pritzker Defeats Incumbent Bruce Rauner to Take Illinois’ Governor Race

elections, Illinois

Billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker defeated first-term Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, by a margin of 54 percent to 39.3 percent. Less Continued on Next Page

Lt. Governor Brad Little Takes Idaho’s Governor’s Race

elections, Idaho

Longtime Republican lawmaker and Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little has defeated Democratic challenger Paulette Jordan by a margin of 59.5 Continued on Next Page

Noem to Become South Dakota’s Next Governor

elections, South Dakota

South Dakotans elected Republican Kristi Noem as their governor over Democrat Billie Sutton and Libertarian Kurt Evans. With all precincts Continued on Next Page

Rhode Island Governor Wins Second Term

elections, Rhode Island

Incumbent Gov. Gina Raimondo has easily won reelection, despite a crowded field vying for her office. Gov. Raimondo faced Republican Continued on Next Page

Henry McMaster to Remain Governor of South Carolina

elections, South Carolina

Republican Henry McMaster defeated Democrat James Smith to become governor of South Carolina. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, McMaster Continued on Next Page

Mike Braun Unseats U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana

elections, Indiana

Incumbent Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly has lost his senate seat after an aggressive election contest brought by Indiana State Rep. Continued on Next Page

Michelle Lujan Grisham Wins New Mexico Gubernatorial Seat

elections, New Mexico

Democratic Congresswoman and former state health secretary Michelle Lujan Grisham won last night’s New Mexico gubernatorial election with 56.91 percent Continued on Next Page

Jared Polis Claims Historic Win over Walker Stapleton in Colorado

Colorado, elections

Jared Polis blew a victorious horn on November 6, 2018, as he claimed an historic win as Colorado’s governor over his Continued on Next Page

County Clerk Who Refused to Sign Marriage Licenses for Gay Couples Loses Reelection Bid

elections, Kentucky

In Kentucky, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis lost her bid for reelection Tuesday. Davis, who became nationally known when she Continued on Next Page

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Wins Second Term

elections, Maryland

Larry Hogan, a moderate Republican who has emphasized bipartisanship, was re-elected as Maryland’s governor. He is the first Republican to Continued on Next Page

Republican VA. Rep. Dave Brat Loses Seat to Abigail Spanberger

elections, Virginia

In an election upset, Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave Brat lost his House seat to Abigail Spanberger. Spanberger, who has Continued on Next Page

New Hampshire Gubernatorial Race Finishes with Sununu Win

elections, New Hampshire

Incumbent Republican Governor Chris Sununu won last night’s election in New Hampshire. New Hampshire is only one of two states Continued on Next Page

Wolf easily wins re-election in Pennsylvania

elections, Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf was re-elected in Pennsylvania with a resounding 57.6 percent of the vote.  Republican challenger Scott Wagner did Continued on Next Page

Democrats Pick Up Several Governorships

elections

Democratic candidates won at least seven gubernatorial races in Republican-held states on Tuesday. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker narrowly lost to Continued on Next Page

Ted Cruz Fends Off Beto O’Rourke and Keeps Senate Seat

elections, Texas

Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has kept his senate seat after a fierce election contest brought by U.S. Rep. Continued on Next Page

No Winner Declared in Georgia’s Gubernatorial Race

elections, Georgia

The battle to be Georgia’s next governor continues as Democrat Stacey Abrams refuses to concede to Republican Brian Kemp. Kemp Continued on Next Page

Walker falls in Wisconsin

elections, Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, Democrat Tony Evers upset incumbent Republican Scott Walker in the governor’s race. Evers denied Walker a third term Continued on Next Page

San Diego Passes Restrictions on City Officials

California, elections, gift law, lobbying, San Diego

City of San Diego voters approved Measure L to limit lobbying and campaign activities of elected city officers. The measure Continued on Next Page

Utah Voters Approve Amendment C

elections, legislative sessions, special session, Utah

Utah voters passed Amendment C allowing the Legislature to call itself into a special session. This came after Gov. Gary Continued on Next Page

New York City Voters Pass Campaign Finance Ballot Measure

campaign finance, New York, New York City

New York City voters approved a ballot measure related to campaign finance on Tuesday. Proposal 1 amends the City Charter Continued on Next Page

Long Beach California Votes to Create an Ethics Commission

California, campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

The City of Long Beach, California voted to establish a city ethics commission. Measure CCC creates an independent ethics commission Continued on Next Page

Denver Voters Approve Campaign Finance Measure 2E

campaign finance, Colorado, Denver, elections

A majority of city voters endorsed Measure 2E, banning corporations and labor organizations from donating directly to political campaigns for Continued on Next Page

Phoenix Passes Amendment Requiring Dark Money Disclosure

Arizona, elections, lobbying, Phoenix

Voters in Phoenix overwhelmingly passed Proposition 419, an amendment to the Charter of the City of Phoenix requiring any person, Continued on Next Page

North Carolina Rejects Bipartisan Board of Elections

campaign finance, elections, ethics

North Carolina voters defeated a constitutional amendment to establish an eight-member Bipartisan Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement. In defeating Continued on Next Page

Republicans Retain Control Over Iowa but Dems Take Two US House Seats

elections, Iowa

Republicans retained control of the Iowa House, Senate, and governor’s office in Tuesday’s election. However, Iowans flipped two U.S. House Continued on Next Page

Florida Passes Amendment to Move Legislative Session to January

elections, Florida, legislative sessions

Voters passed Amendment 10 proposing four changes to state and local government structure and operation. The first proposal changes the Continued on Next Page

North Dakota Votes to Create an Ethics Commission

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

North Dakota Voters passed a constitutional measure to establish an ethics commission. Initiated Constitutional Measure 1 addresses the transparency of Continued on Next Page

Florida Passes Revolving Door Ban

elections, ethics, Florida, lobbying

Voters approved Amendment 12, titled Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers. The amendment expands restrictions on lobbying for Continued on Next Page

Alaska Voters Send a Republican to the Governor’s Mansion

Alaska, elections

State Republicans are celebrating a victory today following a successful gubernatorial election. Mike Dunleavy, a former state senator from Wasilla, Continued on Next Page

Missouri Amendment 1 Passes, limiting lobbying, campaign contribution laws

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, Missouri

Nearly 62 percent of Missourians voted in favor of Amendment 1, placing tighter restrictions on lobbying and campaign contributions. Amendment Continued on Next Page

Arizona Passes Ballot Measure Limiting Clean Elections Commission

Arizona, campaign finance, elections

In Tuesday’s election, Arizona passed Proposition 306, placing limits on the state’s Clean Elections Commission’s rulemaking ability among other things. Continued on Next Page

South Dakota Passes Measure to Ban Out of State Donations but Defeats Campaign Finance Constitutional Amendment

campaign finance, lobbying

South Dakota voters did not pass a constitutional amendment to create a campaign finance and government accountability board but passed Continued on Next Page

Colorado Campaign Finance Amendment 75 Fails

campaign finance, Colorado

Colorado voters defeated Amendment 75, keeping campaign spending limits in place. Amendment 75 would have allowed candidates to accept five Continued on Next Page

New Mexico Voters Approve of State Ethics Commission

ethics, lobbying, New Mexico

New Mexico voters approved a constitutional amendment to Article 5 of the state’s constitution. Constitutional Amendment 2 creates an independent Continued on Next Page

Massachusetts Passes Ballot Measure to Limit the Influence of Money in Politics

campaign finance, Citizens United, Massachusetts

On Election Day, Massachusetts voters passed Question 2, paving the way for campaign finance reform. The ballot measure establishes a Continued on Next Page

Democrats Take House While Republicans Keep Senate

elections, Federal Government, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

On November 6, voters gave Democrats the majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives while keeping Republicans firmly in Continued on Next Page

U.S. Senator Brown Holds Senate Seat Against Rep. Renacci

elections, Ohio

On November 6, Democrat incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown handily won re-election for a third term as U.S. Senator from Ohio. Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Federal: “House Dem Candidates Snag Free Office Rent” by Scott Bland for Politico Canada: “Alberta Tables Bill Proposing Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

ethics, legislative issues, lobbying

Ethics National: “Far-Right Internet Groups Listen for Trump’s Approval, and Often Hear It” by Kevin Roose and Ali Winston for Continued on Next Page

Anne Arundel County Ethics Bill Signed by County Executive

ethics, lobbying, Maryland

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

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Federal: “Anyone Can Make a Super PAC – Even Prisoners and Kids Who Can’t Vote” by Kaitlin Washburn Continued on Next Page

Ethics Ballot Measure up for Vote in Long Beach, California

California, campaign finance, elections, lobbying

The city of Long Beach, California has a measure to amend the city’s charter on Tuesday’s ballot. Measure CCC seeks Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – November 2, 2018

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Got a minute?! (and a 1/2) Here are four stories from this week in campaign finance and advocacy that you Continued on Next Page

New Hampshire Attorney General Issues Letter on Campaign Finance

campaign finance, New Hampshire

Earlier this year, the New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald issued a letter to the Office of Secretary of State Continued on Next Page

U.S. Virgin Islands Announces Special Election

legislative issues, legislative sessions, U.S. Virgin Islands

Lawmakers convened and adjourned two special sessions regarding a proposal for tuition-free college education and to vote on a reapportionment Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – November 2, 2018

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

      National: ‘My Comrades Will Kill You’: Pipe bombs sent in year of many death threats against politicians Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance Federal: “Purina Drops Campaign Contributions to Steve King, Citing ‘Recent Statements’” by Michael Burke for The Hill Canada: Continued on Next Page

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