May 10, 2013 •

News You Can Use Digest – May 10, 2013

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National:

States Try to Tackle ‘Secret Money’ in Politics

Federal:

Campaign Contribution Limits Broken Repeatedly In 2012 Election with No FEC Oversight

From the States and Municipalities:

Alabama – Campaign Finance Law Revisions Pass House; Headed Back to Senate

Georgia – Gov. Deal Signs Law capping Georgia Lobbyist Spending at $75 a Go

Hawaii – How One Lawmaker Blocks Hawaii’s Ethics Reforms Year after Year

Kansas – Seventy-Four Percent of Lobbyist Spending on Kansas Lawmakers Unaccounted For

New Jersey – Judge Approves $728,300 in Bonuses for Employees of Engineering Firm Accused of Campaign Finance Violations

New York – Senator in Corruption Case Spoke of Silencing Witnesses, Prosecutors Say

North Carolina – Private Conservative Group ALEC Carries Sway in Legislature

Pennsylvania – Orie Melvin Must Write Apology Letters to Pennsylvania Judges on Photos of Herself

South Carolina – South Carolina Sends Mark Sanford Back to House

Tennessee – Tom Ingram Faces Heat over Lobbying Pay

Texas – Lobby Disclosure of Consulting Ties Passes the Senate

Vermont – House OKs Cap on Donations to Super PACs

Washington – Lobbyists Spend Big Bucks on Dinners, Other Tabs for Lawmakers

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April 26, 2013 •

News You Can Use Digest – April 26, 2013

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Federal:

FEC Denies Same-Sex Appeal

K Street’s Bounce Proves Elusive

From the States and Municipalities:

Alabama – Barron, Former Aide Indicted

Arkansas – Arkansas House Sends Ethics, Petition Rules to Voters

California – ‘Hacking’ Open Financial Disclosure Data

California – Many Private Interests Were Brown’s Fellow Travelers in China

Florida – Legislators Finish Rewrite of Ethics, Campaign Bill

Illinois – Emanuel Campaign Taking Donations from Hotel Developers with Projects in Works

Iowa – Affidavit Says Bachmann Approved Hidden Payments to Iowa Senator

New Jersey – Campaign Finance Overhaul by N.J. Senate Democrats Would Also Reform Pay-to-Play

North Carolina – Sweepstakes Donor’s Checks to NC Politicians Scrutinized

Texas – Campaign Accounts Help Texas Legislators Pay Staffers

Vermont – Former Lt. Gov. Dubie, RGA Agree to Settle Election Lawsuit with State

Washington – Donate to Sick Lawmakers? Limits Apply to Some Gifts

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April 20, 2013 •

News You Can Use Digest – April 20, 2013

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From the States and Municipalities:

California – Legislative Staffers Lavished with Gifts

Indiana – Indiana Speaker Pro Tem Turner Defends Supporting Company Daughter Represents as Lobbyist

Kentucky – Kentucky Group Is the PAC That Couldn’t Shoot Straight

Montana – Montana House Panel Kills Bill to Disclose ‘Dark Money’ in Campaigns

Nebraska – Golf Tops List of Gifts Dave Heineman Reported

New Jersey – Bergen County Freeholders Introduce Plan to Relax Pay-to-Play Restrictions

New Jersey – In N.J. Governor’s Race, Christie and Buono Choose to Keep Some Donors Secret

New York – Sandra Lee OK’d for Takeoff

Ohio – Cuyahoga County Prosecutor McGinty Pursues Corruption Charges against Those Brought Down in Federal Probe

Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Turnpike Scandal Has Some Eyeing a Pay-to-Play Law

Pennsylvania – Senate Passes Three Bills to Strengthen Transparency and Efficiency in State Government

South Carolina – National GOP Campaign Arm Withdraws Sanford’s Financial Support

Tennessee – Bill Fails That Would Raise Campaign Contribution Limits, Allowing Direct Corporate Donations

Texas – Exotic Trips, Luxury Gifts Are Perks of Elective Office

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April 5, 2013 •

News You Can Use Digest – April 5, 2013

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National:

Governors’ Groups Rely Increasingly on ‘Dark Money’ Affiliates

Federal:

Hanford Contractor Reaches $1.1 Million Settlement in Whistleblower Suit Involving Training Program

Most Lobbyists Following Disclosure Rules, Government Report Says

From the States and Municipalities:

Alaska – House Trips over Bad Jokes and a Representative’s Tongue

Arizona – Federal Judge Strikes Down 2 Arizona Anti-Union Statutes

Florida – Lawmaker Complains about Getting Out of Speeding Ticket; Trooper Fired

Florida – Lawmakers Seek Exceptions to Free Food and Drink Ban

Georgia – New Ga. Lobbying Rules Raise Fresh Issues

Iowa – Sex Offender Faces Charge after Lobbying Legislators

Maryland – Maryland Close to Raising Political Donation Limit to $24,000

New Jersey – Secret Recording Led to Criminal Case against N.J. Engineering Firm Birdsall Services Group

New York – Lawmakers in New York Tied to Bribery Plot in Mayor Race

North Carolina – NC Court of Appeals Sends Case against Lobbyist Back to Trial Court

Pennsylvania – Judge Throws Out All Campaign Finance Limits in Pittsburgh Mayoral Race

South Carolina – GOP Frets Mark Sanford Could Blow It

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March 29, 2013 •

News You Can Use Digest – March 29, 2013

Here are highlights from the latest edition of News You Can Use:

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Federal:

Why Republicans Still Run K Street

From the States and Municipalities:

Arizona – Arizona Legislature Is Short on Ethics Rules

Florida – Florida Governor Shuts Down Office after Resignation

Georgia – Georgia Lawmakers Reach Deal on Lobbying Rules

Illinois – Illinois Supreme Court Reverses Ruling on Chicago Inspector General’s Power

Illinois – Lobbyist Uses Political Savvy in Springfield to Tackle Bill – Her Water Bill

Kentucky – Richie Farmer’s Sister Placed on Leave over Ethics Charges against Her

Montana – Murry Will Not Seek Confirmation to Political Practice Post

Nevada – Banishment Ends Brooks Saga: ‘We did not feel safe’

Nevada – Senate OKs Bill for Quarterly Lobbyist Reports

New Jersey – Campaign Finance Watchdog Agency Says Outside Democratic Group Must Adhere to Contribution Limits

New Jersey – Seven from Birdsall Services Group Engineering Firm Indicted in Plot to Hide Political Gifts

Pennsylvania – Turnpike Case Has Bribery Charges, But Not Against Bribers

Wyoming – Judge Rejects Lawsuit by Wyoming Free Speech

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March 22, 2013 •

News You Can Use Digest – March 22, 2013

Here are highlights from the latest edition of News You Can Use:

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National:

Conflicts of Interest Run Rampant in State Legislatures

Democratic Women Eye City Hall Gains

From the States and Municipalities:

Arizona – Supreme Court Hears Arguments over Whether States Can Ask for Proof of Citizenship to Register

California – Bell Trial Ends in Chaos

California – Judge Orders San Jose to Disclose Officials’ Messages on Private Devices

Florida – Gaming Committee Chairman Relies on Flights from Gaming Lobbyist for Travel to Tallahassee

Georgia – State Senate Offers $100 Lobbying Cap in Split Plan

Kansas – Kansas House Passes Bill on Union Pay Deductions

Kentucky – Richie Farmer Could Be Fined $210,000 over 42 Ethics Violations

Maryland – Campaign Finance Reform Passes House and Is Moving in Senate

Maryland – Former Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold Gets Jail Time from Judge

New Mexico – Social Media Plays a Bigger Role in Legislative Session

New York – Artists Against Fracking May Not Be Registered As New York Lobbying Group

South Carolina – Former Governor Advances in South Carolina Race

South Carolina – Misuse of SC State Plane Alleged

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March 15, 2013 •

News You Can Use Digest – March 15, 2013

Here are highlights from the latest edition of News You Can Use:

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Federal:

Obama Meets with New Advocacy Group

From the States and Municipalities:

California – California Lawmakers Avoid Campaign Contribution Limits with Ballot Measure Account

Florida – Investigators: Florida gambling probe that led to resignation of lieutenant governor will grow

Iowa – Statehouse Coffee Budget Running at $1,400 Deficit

Kentucky – Dennis Horlander Paid More than Most in Kentucky Legislature

Michigan – Former Mayor of Detroit Guilty in Corruption Case

Missouri – St. Louis Police Sergeant Plans to Sue Department for Silencing His Pro-Pot Work

Oregon – Oregon Legislators Reap Big Post-Election Donations – Much of it ‘Makeup Money’

Pennsylvania – Ex-Senate Leader, 7 Others Charged in Turnpike Probe

Rhode Island – RI House Leadership Faulted over Ethics Vote

Tennessee – Black Keys Manager Ticket Offer Raises Questions

Washington – Blind Lawmaker Up to Task in Olympia

West Virginia – Gainer Queries Ethics Panel over Visa Ads

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March 8, 2013 •

News You Can Use Digest – March 8, 2013

Here are highlights from the latest edition of News You Can Use:

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Federal:

Are Hashtags a Political #Wasteoftime?

Pro-Obama Group Reverses Stance on Corporate Cash

From the States and Municipalities:

California – LA Mayor’s Race Heads to Runoff between Democratic Rivals Who Share Much Common Ground

California – Oakland City Council Approves Campaign Sunlight Ordinance

Colorado – Federal Judge Dismisses Challenge to Colorado Campaign Finance Law

Florida – Florida Legislators Work to Regain Voter Trust

Massachusetts – Cahill to Pay $100,000 to Settle Case

New Mexico – House Approves Bill for State Ethics Commission

Tennessee – Rep. Curry Todd Lived Rent-Free in Lobbyist’s Home

Texas – Watchdogs: Ethics loopholes obscure lobby perks

Vermont – New Twist on Campaign Finance Debate

Wyoming – Wyoming Legislative Leaders Decry Lobbying Tactics

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March 1, 2013 •

News You Can Use Digest – March 1, 2013

February 22, 2013 •

News You Can Use Digest – February 22, 2013

Here are highlights from the latest edition of News You Can Use:

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Federal:

Jesse Jackson Jr. Pleads Guilty: ‘I lived off my campaign’

Justices Take Case on Overall Limit to Political Donations

From the States and Municipalities:

Arizona – Arizona Senators Look to Revamp Lobbying Gift Ban

California – Prosecution of California Lobbyists on the Rise, FPPC Reports

Kansas – Lobbyists Vouch for Bill to Increase Spending Limits

Kentucky – Kentucky Bill Would Prohibit Lobbying during Legislative Session

Nebraska – Senators Want to Stop Lobbyist Contributions during Session

New York – Review Shows NY Pension Fund Fixed Ethics

North Carolina – Lawmakers’ Economic Interests Not Easily Tracked

Pennsylvania – Pa. Justice Convicted of Corruption

Virginia – Justices Consider Va. Limits on Access to Public Records

West Virginia – Ethics Commission Taps New Director

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February 15, 2013 •

News You Can Use Digest – February 15, 2013

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From the States and Municipalities:

California – Donor to Three Mayoral Candidates Hit with $170,000 Ethics Fine

Connecticut – Howls as Malloy Tries to Shorten Leash on Watchdogs

District of Columbia – D.C. Campaign Finance Proposals Await More Public Comment

Florida – Cashing in on State Contracts Becomes Growth Industry

Florida – Gov. Rick Scott Turns to Lobbyists to Help Push His Agenda

Georgia – New Lobbying Rules Would Prohibit Airfare Expenses

Illinois – Diluted Emanuel Ethics Proposal Finally Gets Nod

Kansas – Legislature Mulls Changing Official Lobbying Threshold

Massachusetts – Lynch, Markey Sign Pledge to Limit Third-Party Ads

New Jersey – Head of Lobbying Firm Hired by AshBritt Will Host Christie Fundraiser

New Jersey – N.J. Firms Donated over $700,000 to Republican Governors Association

New York – Lobby for Cuomo Keeps Donors Secret

South Carolina – South Carolina Attorney General Forwards Complaint against House Speaker Harrell to SLED

Texas – In Some Cases, Government Is All Relative

Virginia – Virginia General Assembly Displays State’s Exceptionalism and its Exceptional Weirdness

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February 8, 2013 •

News You Can Use Digest – February 8, 2013

Here are highlights from the latest edition of News You Can Use:

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National:

U.S. Groups Flex Their Muscles in Brussels

From the States and Municipalities:

California – FPPC Examining Changes to California Lobbyist Disclosure

Colorado – Judge Denies Halting Ethics Probe of Gessler; Appeal Coming

Kansas – NRA Lines Up Support for Anti-Public Lobbying Bill

Maine – America’s Capital of Divided Government

Maryland – Maryland Ethics Panel Says Delegate Should Not Have Tried to Silence Football Player

Massachusetts – DiMasi, Lobbyist Ask Appeals Court to Overturn Convictions

Massachusetts – Lobbyists Win Challenge to Galvin Requirement

Missouri – Missouri Gov. Nixon Got Donation from Contractor While Decrying Big Political Money

Nebraska – Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy Resigns in Scandal Involving Cell Phone Calls to Four Women

New Jersey – N.J. Budget Official Questions Florida Debris Firm’s $100 Million Contract, Political Connections

New York – Two Campaign Aides Going on Trial, but Comptroller May Face Judgment

Texas – Text Donations Spread Down Ballot

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February 1, 2013 •

News You Can Use Digest – February 1, 2013

January 25, 2013 •

News You Can Use Digest – January 25, 2013

Here are highlights from the latest edition of News You Can Use:

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Federal:

Citizens United Third Anniversary Marked By Reformers with Push for Constitutional Amendment

From the States and Municipalities:

Arizona – Former Arizona Lawmaker Ben Arredondo Avoids Prison Time

Florida – Florida Group Wants to End Caps on Campaign Donations

Hawaii – Lobbying Reform Is a Tough Sell in Hawaii’s Legislature

Kansas – Business, Labor Clash over Bill Aimed at Restricting Union Politicking

Kentucky – Lobbyists Spend Record Amount in Kentucky

Nevada – Lawmakers Anxious in Wake of Alleged Threats to Assembly Speaker

North Dakota – North Dakota to Move Forward on Ethics Reform

Ohio – Ex-Legislator Sent to Prison for Corruption

Utah – New Utah Congressman Has Ties That Bind: Family

Washington – Bill Imposing a Lobbyist Fee Gets Mixed Reactions Lobbying

West Virginia – U.S. Appeals Court OKs Some W.Va. Election Ad Rules

Wisconsin – Contract Lobbying Still Under the Radar

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