September 6, 2011 •

First Spouse’s Fund Approved in Nebraska

The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission has voted to approve the creation of the proposed First Spouse’s Fund to benefit the spouse of the state’s governor.

The Commission voted 7-1 to approve an advisory opinion concerning the legality of collecting private donations to cover expenses of the governor’s spouse.

The fund is designed to reimburse the spouse of the governor for expenses incurred as a result of his or her position as first spouse, while also ensuring there is no conflict with Nebraska gift and contribution laws.

September 24, 2020 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance New Jersey: “Two NM Groups Pushed to Disclose Political Spending” by Dan Boyd for Albuquerque Journal Elections National: “How Republicans Are Trying to Use the Green Party to Their Advantage” by Maggie Haberman, Danny Hakim, and Nick Corasaniti […]

Campaign Finance

New Jersey: “Two NM Groups Pushed to Disclose Political Spending” by Dan Boyd for Albuquerque Journal

Elections

National: “How Republicans Are Trying to Use the Green Party to Their Advantage” by Maggie Haberman, Danny Hakim, and Nick Corasaniti for New York Times

National: “The Russian Trolls Have a Simpler Job Today. Quote Trump.” by David Sanger and Zolan Kanno-Youngs for New York Times

Florida: “Bloomberg Raises $16 Million to Help Florida Felons Pay Fines to Vote in November” by Stephanie Ruhle and Julia Jester for NBC News

Pennsylvania: “Alarm Grows Over ‘Naked Ballot’ Ruling in Pennsylvania” by Max Greenwood for The Hill

Ethics

National: “Pentagon Used Taxpayer Money Meant for Masks and Swabs to Make Jet Engine Parts and Body Armor” by Aaron Gregg and Yeganeh Torboti (Washington Post) for MSN

Maryland: “Baltimore Could End Contract with Pugh-Connected Financier After IG Details Failure to Disclose Donations to Her” by Talia Richman for Baltimore Sun

Virginia: “Virginia Legislator Who Tested Positive for Coronavirus Warned His Church, but House Colleagues Say They Weren’t Informed” by Laura Vozzella for Washington Post

Lobbying

Alaska: “In Secret Tapes, Mine Executives Detail Their Sway Over leaders from Juneau to the White House” by Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post) for MSN

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September 23, 2020 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Alabama: “Former Alabama Sen. David Burkette Gets Probation, $3K Fine in Campaign Finance Case” by Brad Harper for Montgomery Advertiser California: “San Bernardino to Cap Campaign Contributions at $4,700 Per Individual Per Election” by Brian Whitehead for San […]

Campaign Finance

Alabama: “Former Alabama Sen. David Burkette Gets Probation, $3K Fine in Campaign Finance Case” by Brad Harper for Montgomery Advertiser

California: “San Bernardino to Cap Campaign Contributions at $4,700 Per Individual Per Election” by Brian Whitehead for San Bernardino Sun

Elections

National: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death Brings New Uncertainty to the Battle Over Voting Rights in 2020” by Elise Viebeck and Ann Marimow (Washington Post) for MSN

Ethics

National: “DeVos Under Investigation for Potentially Violating Hatch Act Because of Fox News Interview” by Daniel Lippman and Michael Stratford for Politico

New York: “Trump Could Be Investigated for Tax Fraud, D.A. Says for First Time” by Benjamin Weiser and William Rashbaum for New York Times

Washington DC: “D.C. Official Who Sought Howard Job After Negotiating a Tax Break for School Fined $2,500” by Fenit Nirappil for Washington Post

Legislative Issues

Minnesota: “Preparing Minnesotans of Color to Wield More Power at the Capitol” by Melissa Townsend for MPR News

Lobbying

National: “Behind Trump’s Turkish ‘Bromance’: Lev Parnas, oligarchs and a lucrative lobbying deal” by Aubrey Belford, Adam Klasfeld, Andrew Lehren, and Dan De Luce for NBC News

Illinois: “CUB’s ‘Conflict’: How a utility watchdog got millions from the utilities it watches” by Dave McKinney and Dan Mihalopoulos for WBEZ

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September 22, 2020 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Ohio: “Dems Blast Bogus FirstEnergy PAC Campaign Report” by Staff for Youngstown Business Journal Elections National: “Campaigns Adjust as Voters Cast Ballots Before Election Day” by Bridget Bowman for Roll Call Ethics National: “Judges in D.C. Threatened, Harassed […]

Campaign Finance

Ohio: “Dems Blast Bogus FirstEnergy PAC Campaign Report” by Staff for Youngstown Business Journal

Elections

National: “Campaigns Adjust as Voters Cast Ballots Before Election Day” by Bridget Bowman for Roll Call

Ethics

National: “Judges in D.C. Threatened, Harassed After High-Profile, Political Legal Battles” by Ann Marimow for Washington Post

National: “Trump’s Businesses Charged Secret Service More Than $1.1 Million, Including for Rooms in Club Shuttered for Pandemic” by David Fahrenthold and Josh Dawsey for Washington Post

Illinois: “Cook County Board of Ethics Appoints New Chair After Previous Two Ousted Amid Earlier Shakeups” by Alice Yin for Chicago Tribune

Kentucky: “Kentucky GOP Lawmaker Indicted on Assault, Accused of Strangling Woman with Ethernet Cable” by Teo Armus for Washington Post

Louisiana: “In Parting Shot, Resigning New Orleans IG Says Audubon Institute Possibly Made Unlawful Deals” by Jessica Williams for Nola.com

New York: “New York Ethics’ Panel Renews Search for a Leader” by Chris Bragg for Albany Times Union

Legislative Issues

South Carolina: “Wearing Masks at the SC Capitol Is Required, but Many Found a Way Around the Order” by Maayan Schechter for Charlotte Observer

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September 21, 2020 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Watchdog Group Calls on FEC to Investigate Donations to Trump and Others by Relatives and Associates of Louis DeJoy” by Aaron Davis for Washington Post Elections National: “US Judge Blocks Postal Service Changes That Slowed Mail” by […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Watchdog Group Calls on FEC to Investigate Donations to Trump and Others by Relatives and Associates of Louis DeJoy” by Aaron Davis for Washington Post

Elections

National: “US Judge Blocks Postal Service Changes That Slowed Mail” by Gene Johnson for Associated Press News

Pennsylvania: “Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Green Party Will Not Appear on State’s 2020 General Election Ballot” by Alicia Weirsema for ABC News

Ethics

National: “Trump Says He Will Move ‘Without Delay’ to Fill Ginsburg’s Supreme Court Seat” by Robert Barnes, Seung Min Kim, and Josh Dawsey for Washington Post

California: “CalPERS Board Supportive of Move to Restrict Investments by Top Staff” by Wes Venteicher for Sacramento Bee

California: “California Prison Guard Union Places Bull’s-Eye on Black Lawmaker’s Photo in Political Ad” by Anita Chabria for Los Angeles Times

Illinois: “Former State Sen. Terry Link Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion Charge in Federal Court” by Jason Meisner for Chicago Tribune

Illinois: “Alderman Lavished with Cash, Luxury Trips by Program for Caribbean Med Students” by Tim Novak for Chicago Sun-Times

Lobbying

National: “Chamber to Lay Off a Dozen Employees, Expand Advocacy Efforts Amid Coronavirus Pandemic” by Alex Gangitano for The Hill

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September 16, 2020 •

Fort Collins City Council Approves LLC Contribution Amendments for Final Passage

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Two Fort Collins City Council campaign finance ordinances were approved for final passage on September 15. Ordinance 109-2020 will allow unexpended campaign contributions to a candidate committee to be contributed to a candidate committee established by the same candidate for […]

Two Fort Collins City Council campaign finance ordinances were approved for final passage on September 15.

Ordinance 109-2020 will allow unexpended campaign contributions to a candidate committee to be contributed to a candidate committee established by the same candidate for a subsequent campaign in a city election or to a candidate committee established after January 1, 2021.

The ordinance will also reduce the penalty for certain lower-level campaign finance violations from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil penalty.

Ordinance 112-2020 requires donations from LLCs to include statements that attribute the donation to specific LLC members.

The donations attributed through an LLC will then count toward individual donation limits.

Ordinance 112-2020 will also place a $100 cap on donations to political committees.

Both ordinances will become effective 10 days from the date of final passage on September 25.

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September 16, 2020 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Alabama: “Former Alabama Senator Pleads Guilty to Campaign Finance Violation” by Mike Cason for AL.com Elections New York: “Why a Progressive N.Y. Party Is Fighting for Its Survival” by Dana Rubinstein for New York Times Wisconsin: “Wisconsin Supreme […]

Campaign Finance

Alabama: “Former Alabama Senator Pleads Guilty to Campaign Finance Violation” by Mike Cason for AL.com

Elections

New York: “Why a Progressive N.Y. Party Is Fighting for Its Survival” by Dana Rubinstein for New York Times

Wisconsin: “Wisconsin Supreme Court Denies Green Party Presidential Candidate Ballot Access” by Riley Vetterkind (Wisconsin State Journal) for Madison.com

Ethics

National: “At U.S.A.I.D., Juggling Political Priorities and Pandemic Response” by Laura Jakes and Pransu Verma for New York Times

National: “Justice Dept. Watchdog to Review Handling of Roger Stone Sentencing Recommendation” by Matt Zapotosky for Washington Post

California: “13 Years After Indictment, No Trial or Plea Deal for California Charter Academy Defendants” by Beau Yarbrough for San Bernardino Sun

Washington: “A Washington Lawmaker Shared Conspiracy Theories. She Threatened a Reporter Who Wrote About It.” by Jaclyn Peiser for Washington Post

Lobbying

National: “Will COVID-19 Close the Revolving Door?” by Kate Ackley for Roll Call

Illinois: “Chicago Ethics Board to Enforce Ban That Would Prohibit Elected Officials Outside the City from Lobbying City Hall” by John Byrne for Chicago Tribune

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September 15, 2020 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Colorado: “A Nonprofit Tied to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Shifts Focus to Advocacy and Raise Ethics Concerns” by John Frank for Colorado Sun Connecticut: “New Study: CT’s Citizens’ Elections Program has become a national model for clean elections” […]

Campaign Finance

Colorado: “A Nonprofit Tied to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Shifts Focus to Advocacy and Raise Ethics Concerns” by John Frank for Colorado Sun

Connecticut: “New Study: CT’s Citizens’ Elections Program has become a national model for clean elections” by Keith Phaneuf for Connecticut Mirror

Elections

Kansas: “D.C. Mail Ballot Non-Profit Stokes Confusion for Kansas Voters, Backlogs in Offices” by Matthew Kelly for Kansas City Star

Ethics

National: “Court-Appointed Adviser in Michael Flynn Case Says Justice Dept. Yielded to Corrupt ‘Pressure Campaign’ Led by Trump” by Spencer Hsu for Washington Post

National: “Devin Nunes’ Legal Setbacks Pile Up, but His Lawsuits Go On with Appeals and New Filings” by Kate Irby for Fresno Bee

National: “Nora Dannehy, Connecticut Prosecutor Who Was Top Aide to John Durham’s Trump-Russia Investigation, Resigns Amid Concern About Pressure from Attorney General William Barr” by Edmund Mahoney for Hartford Courant

Illinois: “Former Chicago Public Schools Chief of Staff Pleads Guilty to Charges of Lying to FBI” by Jason Meisner for Chicago Tribune

New Jersey: “These N.J. Companies Got Millions in Federal Bailout Money, Even with History of Legal Troubles” by Riley Yates (NJ Advance Media) and Payton Guion (NJ Advance Media) for Newark Star Ledger

Lobbying

Pennsylvania: “Top Pa. GOP Lawmaker Taps Politically Connected Lobbyist to Be Chief of Staff” by Angela Couloumbis and Brad Bumsted for Spotlight PA

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September 14, 2020 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Democrats Used to Rail Against ‘Dark Money.’ Now They’re Better at It Than the GOP.” by Alex Seitz-Wald for NBC News California: “San Bernardino Mayor Vetoes Council-Approved Cap on Campaign Contributions” by Brian Whitehead for San Bernardino […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Democrats Used to Rail Against ‘Dark Money.’ Now They’re Better at It Than the GOP.” by Alex Seitz-Wald for NBC News

California: “San Bernardino Mayor Vetoes Council-Approved Cap on Campaign Contributions” by Brian Whitehead for San Bernardino Sun

Elections

National: “Russian Hackers Targeting U.S. Campaigns, Microsoft Says” by Frank Bajack for Associated Press

National: “Twitter Steps Up Its Fight Against Election Misinformation” by Elizabeth Dwoskin for Washington Post

Florida: “Florida Felons Lose Voting Rights Case in Federal Appeals Court” by Lawrence Mower for Tampa Bay Times

Ethics

National: “Trump Officials Interfered with CDC Reports on Covid-19” by Dan Diamond for Politico

North Carolina: “Every Charlotte City Council Member Has an Ethics Complaint. Here’s What’s Going” by Alison Kuznitz for Charlotte Observer

South Dakota: “Councilor Cleared of Ethics Violation After Heated Four-Hour Hearing” by Trevor Mitchell for Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Lobbying

Illinois: “Despite City Ban, Flossmoor Trustee Continues Lobbying Chicago City Hall” by John Byrne for Chicago Tribune

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