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Dallas Campaign Finance Violations Rampant

campaign finance, dallas, Texas

This week, information was released showing many members of the Dallas City Council have committed apparent violations of the city’s Continued on Next Page

Wyoming Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

campaign finance, legislative sessions, Wyoming

The Wyoming Legislature adjourned sine die in the early hours of February 28. The House spent the final day of Continued on Next Page

Hawaii Proposed Bill Progresses Through Legislature

campaign finance, Hawaii

A proposed House bill relating to campaign reports is progressing through the Legislature, passing its third reading and arriving in Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Arizona: “Regulators Now Have the Votes to Subpoena Utility’s Political Spending Records” by Howard Fischer (Arizona Daily Star) Continued on Next Page

Illinois Introduces Bill to Create Contribution Matching Fund

campaign finance, Illinois

Illinois introduced legislation to create a small donor campaign contribution matching fund for candidates for certain offices, including governor, State Continued on Next Page

U.S. House Administration Committee Approves of Campaign Finance and Ethics Legislation

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

On February 26, legislation aimed at reforming U.S. campaign finance, lobbying, and ethic laws advanced in committee. The House Administration Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

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Campaign Finance Idaho: “Sunshine Bill on Electioneering Stalls in Committee, Amid Nonprofits’ Concerns Over ‘Donor Privacy’” by Savannah Cardon for Continued on Next Page

State & Federal Communications Sponsors Harvest for Hunger Campaign Breakfast

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State & Federal Communications was a proud platinum sponsor of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank’s annual Harvest for Hunger Campaign Kick-off Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

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Campaign Finance Pennsylvania: “How Philly’s Electricians Union and Johnny Doc Converted Payroll Deductions into Political Influence” by Chris Brennan and Continued on Next Page

NM House Introduces Bill Requiring Lobbyists to Participate in Sexual Harassment Training

ethics, lobbying, New Mexico

New Mexico State Reps. Joy Garratt and Elizabeth Thomson introduced House Bill 551 earlier this month. If passed, the bill Continued on Next Page

Election for Kings-Hants (Nova Scotia) Vacant Seat to Be Held on Fixed October Election

Canada, elections, Nova Scotia

On October 21, 2019, the fixed date for federal elections, the election for the now-vacant seat in the House of Continued on Next Page

Ohio Releases New Campaign Contribution Limits

campaign finance, Ohio

The Ohio Secretary of State, Frank LaRose, released new campaign contribution limits adjusted for inflation each odd-numbered year. The changes Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – February 25, 2019

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New Gift Laws, Campaign Finance, Elections and Ethics; four stories from around the country you don’t want to miss!  

VA Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

campaign finance, legislative sessions, Virginia

The Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die on February 24. During the 47-day session, lawmakers failed to pass bills creating Continued on Next Page

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance New Jersey: “NJ Senate Approves Legislation Requiring ‘Dark Money’ Groups to Reveal Donors” by David Levinsky for Burlington Continued on Next Page

Los Angeles City Ethics Commission Backs Developer Contribution Restrictions

California, ethics, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission backed new restrictions on political contributions from real estate developers seeking city approval for Continued on Next Page

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Montana Case

campaign finance, Montana, U.S. Supreme Court

This week, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear a case challenging the state’s Disclose Act, leaving Continued on Next Page

North Carolina State Board of Elections Calls for Congressional Redo

elections, North Carolina

The North Carolina State Board of Elections voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of holding a new election in the Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – February 22, 2019

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      National: The Growing Need for Opposition Research – on Yourself – in Today’s Political World Governing – Continued on Next Page

Maine Introduces Legislation to Prohibit Political Advocacy in Public Schools

ethics, lobbying, Maine

Rep. Larry Lockman introduced a bill in the Legislature that aims to prohibit public school teachers in the state from Continued on Next Page

Tennessee Bill to Close Primaries to Unaffiliated Voters Advances

elections, Tennessee

A bill requiring Tennessee voters to declare their party affiliation in order to vote in a primary election made its Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics

Campaign Finance National: “Elections Commission Chief Uses the ‘Nuclear Option’ to Rescue the Agency from Gridlock” by Nihal Krishan for Continued on Next Page

Arkansas Ethics Commission Clarifies Gift Exception in Advisory Opinion

Arkansas, ethics, gift law

The Arkansas Ethics Commission clarified a gift exception in Advisory Opinion No. 2019-EC-001. A local lobbying firm wants to hold Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

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Campaign Finance National: “Lawmakers Launch New Probe Into ‘Complex Web’ of Alleged Ties Between NRA, Russians” by Pete Madden and Continued on Next Page

Bill Would Transfer Registry of Lobbyists in Quebec to Lobbyists Commissioner

Canada, ethics, lobbying, Quebec

On February 14, a bill was introduced in the National Assembly of Quebec to allow the Lobbyists Commissioner to maintain Continued on Next Page

Judge Orders Third Special Election for GA District

elections, Georgia, special elections

A special election was announced on April 9 for House District 28. This will be the third election for the Continued on Next Page

Kansas State Rep. Resigns to Battle Cancer

elections, Kansas, special elections

State Rep. Greg Lewis announced his resignation from House District 113, effective February 22. Rep. Lewis was re-elected to office Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics

Campaign Finance Oregon: “‘Give Me the Money, and I’ll Give It to Her.’ Former Oregon Lawmaker Describes Participating in Dubious Continued on Next Page

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Increasingly See Small-Dollar Donations as a Sign of Viability by Michelle Ye Hee Lee Continued on Next Page

Wisconsin Announces Special Election to Fill Assembly District 64

elections, special elections, Wisconsin

A special election will take place on April 30 to fill a vacancy in Assembly District 64. Rep. Peter Barca Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – February 16, 2019

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      Federal: Ex-Lawmakers Face New Scrutiny Over Lobbying The Hill – Alex Gangitano | Published: 2/12/2019 Critics say former federal lawmakers Continued on Next Page

NM Bill Setting Out New Ethics Commission’s Duties Introduced

ethics, lobbying, New Mexico

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

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying, procurement

Campaign Finance National: “Court Ruling Doesn’t Stop Untraceable Election Spending” by Brian Slodysko (Associated Press) for apnews.org Tennessee: “Tennessee Lawmakers Continued on Next Page

North Dakota Legislators Debate How to Create an Ethics Commission

ethics, lobbying, North Dakota

North Dakota lawmakers are dealing with dual proposals to create a state ethics commission, as required by the passage of Continued on Next Page

Los Angeles City Council Passes Measure Targeting Pro-NRA Contractors

California, ethics, lobbying, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance on February 12 which requires companies that have contracts with the city Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Louisiana: “Ethics Board to Reconsider If Louisiana Candidates Can Pay for Child Care with Campaign Funds” by Elizabeth Continued on Next Page

Oklahoma Ethics Commission Acts on Proposed Rule Changes

ethics, lobbying, Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Ethics Commission chose not to vote on Proposed Rule 2019-02 after hearing public comments that the proposal would Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Michigan: “Benson: Pro-Whitmer group broke campaign finance law, will pay fine” by Jonathan Oosting for Detroit News New Continued on Next Page

Maine Announces Special Election to fill House Seat

elections, Maine, special elections

A special election will take place on April 2 to fill a vacancy in House District 52. Rep. Jennifer DeChant Continued on Next Page

The Corporate Political Disclosure Act of 2019 Introduced in U.S. Congress

campaign finance, ethics, Federal Government, U.S. House of Representatives

On February 7, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to require publicly traded corporations to disclose Continued on Next Page

NYCU Video Digest – February 11, 2019

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Happy Monday! Four stories from last week about new lobbying laws, campaign finance limits and gift laws you don’t want Continued on Next Page

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “FEC Raises Contribution Limits for 2020” by Reid Wilson for The Hill California: “Downtown L.A. Developer Donated Continued on Next Page

Massachusetts Considering Lowering Union Contribution Limit

campaign finance, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance released draft regulations this week that would reduce the amount of money Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – February 8, 2019

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

  National: Inaccurate Claims of Noncitizen Voting in Texas Reflect a Growing Trend in Republican States Stamford Advocate – Amy Continued on Next Page

Federal Lobbyist Bundling Disclosure Threshold Increased to $18,700

campaign finance, FEC, Federal Election Commission

Today, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) published its price index adjustments for expenditure limitations and the federal lobbyist bundling disclosure Continued on Next Page

Let the Fundraising Begin: FEC Publishes Contribution Limits for 2019-2020 Election Cycle

campaign finance, elections, FEC, Federal Election Commission

Today, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) published the 2019-2020 election cycle contribution limits, which have been indexed for inflation. As Continued on Next Page

FEC Request for Comments on Comments Extended to March 4

campaign finance, FEC, Federal Election Commission

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has extended its deadline for seeking public comments on proposals for rules establishing specific time Continued on Next Page

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Colorado: “Democrats Want More Disclosure of Campaign Advertising, But Dark Money Remains an Issue” by Sandra Fish for Continued on Next Page

PA Senate Introduces Bills on Political Contributions and Gift Disclosure

campaign finance, gift law, Pennsylvania

The state Senate introduced two bills amending political contributions and gift disclosure. Senate Bill 215 limits political contributions from contractors Continued on Next Page

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance National: “Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators” by Maggie Haberman and Ben Protess Continued on Next Page

Several Ethics Bills Introduced in Arkansas

Arkansas, campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Arkansas State Senators introduced several ethics bills on February 4, 2019. If passed, Senate Bill 260 prohibits direct contributions between Continued on Next Page

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Illinois: “Aldermen Named in Secretly Recorded Chat Admit Sending Business to Reyes’ Firm” by Fran Spielman for Chicago Continued on Next Page

New Mexico Governor Signs Bill Amending Lobbyist Disclosure

ethics, lobbying, New Mexico

Senate Bill 191 was signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on February 4, 2019. The bill requires the disclosure of Continued on Next Page

Oklahoma Restricts Contributions During Legislative Session

campaign finance, ethics, Oklahoma

Beginning Monday, February 4, through five calendar days following sine die adjournment, several actions regarding campaign contributions by lobbyist principals Continued on Next Page

Honolulu Announces Special Election for City Council District 4

elections, Hawaii, special elections

A special election will take place on Saturday, April 13, to fill a vacancy in Honolulu City Council District 4. Continued on Next Page

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

campaign finance, ethics, lobbying

Campaign Finance Oregon: Oregon Lawmakers Face Dueling Plans for Campaign Finance Reform by Connor Radnovitch for Salem Statesman Journal Ethics California: L.A. Continued on Next Page

News You Can Use Digest – February 1, 2019

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

  National: All Red or All Blue, State Legislatures Run to Partisan Sides MSN – Timothy Williams (New York Times) | Published: 1/28/2019 Continued on Next Page

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