October 12, 2017 •

California Governor Signs Two Campaign Finance Bills

On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 267 and Senate Bill 358 into law. Senate Bill 267 authorizes the Fair Political Practices Commission to have primary responsibility for the impartial, administration, implementation, and enforcement of a local campaign finance […]

On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 267 and Senate Bill 358 into law.

Senate Bill 267 authorizes the Fair Political Practices Commission to have primary responsibility for the impartial, administration, implementation, and enforcement of a local campaign finance reform of the city of Sacramento, effective immediately.

Senate Bill 358 requires the secretary of state’s website to post hyperlinks to the website of any local government agency containing publicly disclosed campaign finance information.

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October 9, 2017 •

California Governor Signs Campaign Finance Disclosure Bill

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 249 on October 7, which amends the Political Reform Act. The bill requires campaign advertisements to identify the name of the committee paying for the advertisement, as well as clearly displaying the top three […]

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 249 on October 7, which amends the Political Reform Act.

The bill requires campaign advertisements to identify the name of the committee paying for the advertisement, as well as clearly displaying the top three contributors to that committee.

The bill also expands disclosure requirements for mass electronic mailings and telephone calls. The bill is effective immediately.

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September 28, 2017 •

California Moves Date of Presidential Primary

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 568 on September 27, moving up the state’s presidential primary to March 3, 2020. The date of the 2016 primary was in June, but the Legislature pushed for an earlier primary in an attempt […]

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 568 on September 27, moving up the state’s presidential primary to March 3, 2020.

The date of the 2016 primary was in June, but the Legislature pushed for an earlier primary in an attempt to have more of an impact on the national level.

The bill does not change the date of the 2018 primary.

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September 18, 2017 •

California Legislature Adjourns

The California Legislature adjourned in the early hours of September 16. Bills passed in the late-night session include Senate Bill 568, which would move the presidential primary election to March; Assembly Bill 249, which would require campaign advertisements to clearly […]

The California Legislature adjourned in the early hours of September 16.

Bills passed in the late-night session include Senate Bill 568, which would move the presidential primary election to March; Assembly Bill 249, which would require campaign advertisements to clearly display their largest funders; and Assembly Bill 132, which would require counties to provide additional voter education and requires every signature of a recall petition to be examined and verified.

The bills are now waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature or veto.

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September 18, 2017 •

Los Angeles Ethics Commission Looking to Amend Lobbying Ordinances

The Los Angeles Ethics Commission has recommended multiple changes to the Municipal Lobbying Ordinance. These changes include increasing the registration threshold from $2,000 to $5,000; expanding the 501(c)(3) organization exemption; amending and adding definitions regarding lobbying; expanding gift restrictions; revising […]

The Los Angeles Ethics Commission has recommended multiple changes to the Municipal Lobbying Ordinance.

These changes include increasing the registration threshold from $2,000 to $5,000; expanding the 501(c)(3) organization exemption; amending and adding definitions regarding lobbying; expanding gift restrictions; revising registration statements, deadlines, and fees; creating a bimonthly reporting calendar instead of quarterly; and increasing civil penalties for violations of lobbying laws.

The next commission meeting is on October 17, and comments regarding the proposal can be emailed to ethics.policy@lacity.org.

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September 15, 2017 •

Bill Amending Revolving Door for Lobbyists Awaits California Governor’s Signature

A bill further restricting revolving door provisions was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration. Assembly Bill 1620 would change the current law prohibiting legislators from lobbying from one year to up to three years, depending on when he or […]

A bill further restricting revolving door provisions was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration.

Assembly Bill 1620 would change the current law prohibiting legislators from lobbying from one year to up to three years, depending on when he or she steps down from office. The bill states a legislator could not lobby during the two-year session after he or she was elected, plus another full year after the session ends.

If signed by the governor, the bill is effective January 1, 2018.

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September 7, 2017 •

Indiana Republicans Choose Replacement for Retiring State Senator

Indiana State Sen. Luke Kenley is retiring effective September 30. He represented Senate District 20 for 25 years, and was re-elected in November 2016. On September 6, a Republican caucus selected Victoria Spartz, current chief financial officer of the Attorney […]

Indiana State Sen. Luke Kenley is retiring effective September 30. He represented Senate District 20 for 25 years, and was re-elected in November 2016.

On September 6, a Republican caucus selected Victoria Spartz, current chief financial officer of the Attorney General’s Office, to replace Kenley and serve the remaining three years of his term.

Senate District 20 covers portions of Grant, Hamilton, Madison, and Tipton counties.

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September 6, 2017 •

California Governor Signs Two Bills Amending the Political Reform Act of 1974

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 187 and Assembly Bill 551 into law on September 1, amending both lobbying and campaign finance laws. Assembly Bill 187 requires a committee to file a report within 10 business days of making a […]

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 187 and Assembly Bill 551 into law on September 1, amending both lobbying and campaign finance laws.

Assembly Bill 187 requires a committee to file a report within 10 business days of making a contribution or independent expenditure aggregating $5,000 or more to support or oppose the qualification of a single local initiative or referendum ballot measure.

Assembly Bill 551 extends revolving door restrictions to independent contractors of a local government agency or a public agency who are appearing or communicating on behalf of that agency.

Both bills are effective January 1, 2018.

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January 17, 2017 •

The Cost of the Inauguration

President-Elect Trump’s Inauguration is estimated to cost around $200 million. The official events, including the swearing-in ceremony, security, and the parade, will be paid for by the federal government. Security is the biggest expense, accounting for almost half of the […]

Capitol at DuskPresident-Elect Trump’s Inauguration is estimated to cost around $200 million. The official events, including the swearing-in ceremony, security, and the parade, will be paid for by the federal government.

Security is the biggest expense, accounting for almost half of the budget. The inaugural ball and other festivities will be covered by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which raises money through private donors. The committee has raised a record $100 million-plus, which is almost double the committee for President Obama raised in 2009.

Inaugural committees have few regulations, but each administration sets their own rules and limits on donations. President George W. Bush capped the amount each individual and corporation could donate. In 2009, Obama allowed individual gifts up to $50,000, but banned donations from lobbyists and corporations.

Trump did not place restrictions on donations from individuals, but his committee has refused donations from federal lobbyists and capped corporate contributions to $1 million.

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August 4, 2016 •

Honolulu Ethics Commission Appoints New Leader

Jan Yamane has been selected to fulfill the role of executive director and legal counsel for the Honolulu Ethics Commission, effective immediately. She is the former acting state auditor. Yamane replaces Charles Totto, who stepped down from the position on […]

Flag_of_Honolulu,Jan Yamane has been selected to fulfill the role of executive director and legal counsel for the Honolulu Ethics Commission, effective immediately. She is the former acting state auditor.

Yamane replaces Charles Totto, who stepped down from the position on June 15.

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July 20, 2016 •

Our Very Own Lisa Kot Speaks about Initiative and Campaigning at RNC

I was honored to be asked to speak at the Republican National Convention (RNC) as part of a panel on the Republican Leadership Initiative (RLI), which is the party’s 2016 program for grassroots campaigning and volunteer recruitment. I was asked […]

Lisa KotI was honored to be asked to speak at the Republican National Convention (RNC) as part of a panel on the Republican Leadership Initiative (RLI), which is the party’s 2016 program for grassroots campaigning and volunteer recruitment. I was asked to be on the panel because I am an RLI Fellow and also because of my past political activities, including interning for Senator Voinovich in Washington D.C., volunteering at the 2008 RNC, interning on Rob Portman’s 2010 Senate campaign, working as a field director for Romney for President in Florida, and working for multiple small, political businesses. Since the convention did not convene until the evening, there were breakout sessions and events scheduled during the day for delegates and guests to attend.

RNC MeetingThis official RNC event was held July 19 and took place at the brand new Hilton on Lakeside Drive. The program started with an in-depth look at the RLI. So far the program has over 20,000 applicants and is still accepting more participants. Then there was a question and answer period, and because of my previous experience, I was able to discuss how the RLI has improved Republican campaigning. In previous election cycles, staffers and volunteers were focused on two activities: phone calls and door-to-door.

RNC Meeting 2This year, the RLI is teaching leadership skills, the latest campaign technology, the importance of voter registration, and how to build a volunteer network. By preparing staffers and volunteers, it creates a larger support system and it’s easier to become involved. Unfortunately, I cannot be as involved this election as I have in previous years, but the RLI allows me to stay invested and contribute as much as I can.

I’m thankful State and Federal Communications provided me with the ability to take the day for this wonderful experience. Overall, it was a great event, and it’s a day I will always remember.

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October 29, 2015 •

Paul Ryan Elected as Speaker of the House

Rep. Paul Ryan has been elected as the new Speaker of the House. The seat was left vacant after John Boehner’s resignation. The vote took place this morning on the Hill, where Ryan needed 218 votes to win the majority. […]

Paul RyanRep. Paul Ryan has been elected as the new Speaker of the House. The seat was left vacant after John Boehner’s resignation.

The vote took place this morning on the Hill, where Ryan needed 218 votes to win the majority. He received 236 votes, while Rep. Nancy Pelosi received 184 and Rep. Daniel Webster received 9. Three votes for unofficial candidates were cast, including Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Jim Cooper, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

In his speech, Ryan acknowledged the vast difference between Republicans and Democrats, but encouraged unity to fight problems head on. He also reminded Congress they work for the American people.

Ryan is the 62nd Speaker of the House.

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October 13, 2015 •

JCOPE Approves Amnesty Program

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) created a six-month amnesty program to help lobbyists and clients of lobbyists comply with the New York Lobbying Act. This program will assist those who have never turned in required filings. To be […]

Seal of New YorkThe Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) created a six-month amnesty program to help lobbyists and clients of lobbyists comply with the New York Lobbying Act. This program will assist those who have never turned in required filings.

To be eligible to participate, the lobbyist or client cannot have previously been contacted by JCOPE for failure to comply, or been subject to criminal proceedings concerning a violation of the Lobbying Act.

The program will run from January 1 to June 30, 2016.

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July 21, 2015 •

Gov. John Kasich Running for President

Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced his candidacy for president this morning in Columbus at the Ohio Union on Ohio State University’s campus. “I am here to ask you for your prayers, for your support, for your efforts because I have […]

Gov. John KasichOhio Gov. John Kasich announced his candidacy for president this morning in Columbus at the Ohio Union on Ohio State University’s campus. “I am here to ask you for your prayers, for your support, for your efforts because I have decided to run for president of the United States,” Kasich stated.

His speech also included the importance of policy, increasing national security spending, shaping future generations, and bringing back the American Dream. He is the sixteenth Republican candidate to join the race.

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