January 10, 2019 •

Montana Increases Lobbyist Registration Threshold

The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices received approval to increase the threshold amount a lobbyist can earn to trigger lobbyist registration with the state.

The threshold amount for 2019 is $2,600.

The Commissioner of Political Practices also updated its lobbying guide, which can be found on the states website.

July 18, 2019 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Feds’ Probe into Trump Hush Money Payments Is Over, Judge Says” by Darren Samuelsohn for Politico Michigan: “Michigan House Bill Would Set Minimum Fines for Campaign Finance Violations” by Lauren Gibbons for MLive.com Missouri: “Man Pleads Guilty […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Feds’ Probe into Trump Hush Money Payments Is Over, Judge Says” by Darren Samuelsohn for Politico

Michigan: “Michigan House Bill Would Set Minimum Fines for Campaign Finance Violations” by Lauren Gibbons for MLive.com

Missouri: “Man Pleads Guilty in Case Tied to Ex-St. Louis County Leader” by Jim Salter for AP News

Elections

National: “With Name-Calling and Twitter Battles, House Republican Campaign Arm Copies Trump’s Playbook” by Catie Edmonson for New York Times

Ethics

National: “House Condemns Trump’s Attack on Four Congresswomen as Racist” by Julie Hirschfeld Davis for MSN

Florida: “City’s Independent Ethics Officer Announces 2020 Resignation” by Jeff Burlew for Tallahassee Democrat

Illinois: “Feds Search for Michael Madigan Records at Home of Retired Alderman, Sources Say” by Dan Mihalopoulos (WBEZ) and David Kidwell for Beter Government Association

North Dakota: “North Dakota Focuses on Ethics” by Cinnamon Janzer for U.S. News & World Report

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July 17, 2019 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “FEC Gets New Internal Watchdog Following Tumultuous Search” by Dave Levinthal for Center for Public Integrity Ohio: “City Elections Commission Offers Guidance on Campaign Finance Change” by Jay Hanselman for WVXU Ethics Arizona: “Former Arizona Senate Staffer […]

Campaign Finance

National: “FEC Gets New Internal Watchdog Following Tumultuous Search” by Dave Levinthal for Center for Public Integrity

Ohio: “City Elections Commission Offers Guidance on Campaign Finance Change” by Jay Hanselman for WVXU

Ethics

Arizona: “Former Arizona Senate Staffer Wins $1M in Discrimination Lawsuit Involving Democratic Leaders” by Maria Polletta for Arizona Republic

Connecticut: “Connecticut Lottery Vice President Placed on Administrative Leave After Disclosure of FBI Recording Episode” by Jon Lender for Hartford Courant

New York: “Mount Vernon: Newly appointed top cop in police custody” by Jonathan Bandler for Journal News

Lobbying

National: “Former Flynn Partner on Trial for Illegal Lobbying Charges” by Brandi Buchman for Courthouse News Service

Missouri: “Since Voters Approved A $5 Cap on Gifts, Lobbyist Spending on Missouri Lawmakers Dropped 94%” by Aviva Okeson-Haberman for St. Louis Public Radio

Texas: “Ellis Proposes Ethics Reforms for Harris County Government” by Zach Despart for Houston Chronicle

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July 16, 2019 •

NY JCOPE Announces Extension for Filing Bimonthly Reports

The New York State Joint Commission of Public Ethics announced an extension for the submission of bimonthly reports for the May to June reporting period until July 31. JCOPE extended the deadline due to ongoing technical difficulties with the online […]

The New York State Joint Commission of Public Ethics announced an extension for the submission of bimonthly reports for the May to June reporting period until July 31.

JCOPE extended the deadline due to ongoing technical difficulties with the online Lobbying Application.

This extension corresponds with the previously announced extension for client semiannual reports and source of funding disclosures.

The commission is working to fix the issues and further updates will be announced on the JCOPE website.

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July 16, 2019 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “F.E.C. Allows Security Company to Help 2020 Candidates Defend Campaigns” by Nicole Perlroth for New York Times Illinois: “‘A Red Flag’: Developers sought taxpayer reimbursement for $20,000 in donations to Chicago alderman” by Gregory Pratt and Joe […]

Campaign Finance

National: “F.E.C. Allows Security Company to Help 2020 Candidates Defend Campaigns” by Nicole Perlroth for New York Times

Illinois: “‘A Red Flag’: Developers sought taxpayer reimbursement for $20,000 in donations to Chicago alderman” by Gregory Pratt and Joe Mahr for Chicago Tribune

New York: “Ex-IDC Members Pay $275,000, Settling Sugarman Suit” by Chris Bragg for Albany Times Union

Elections

Texas: “State Leaders Again Want to Review How Texas Elects Judges. Will They End Partisan Judicial Elections?” by Emma Platoff for Texas Tribune

Ethics

Florida: “Andrew Gillum Shifts Campaign Cash to a New Nonprofit, Blocking It from Public View” by Steve Contorno for Tampa Bay Times

Legislative Issues

Washington DC: “Tensions Reach a New High on D.C. Council as Lawmakers Grapple with Scandal” by Peter Jamison and Fenit Nirappil for Washington Post

Lobbying

National: “Consultant Who Worked with Manafort Retroactively Registers as Foreign Agent” by Theodoric Meyer for Politico

National: “Acting Labor Secretary Pizzella Lobbied for Russian-Connected Front Group, Worked with Jack Abramoff” by Reid Champlin and Jessica Piper for Center for Responsive Politics

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July 15, 2019 •

Arizona Corporation Commission Passes New Pay-to-Play Restrictions

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State utility regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission approved a new code of ethics. The new code prohibits commissioners from ruling on issues involving interested parties that have given them direct campaign donations. Only commissioners that publicly finance their campaigns […]

State utility regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission approved a new code of ethics.

The new code prohibits commissioners from ruling on issues involving interested parties that have given them direct campaign donations.

Only commissioners that publicly finance their campaigns may make rulings on issues regarding interested parties with employees or owners that gave them personal donations.

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July 15, 2019 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Arizona: “Utility Panel OKs New Limits on Campaign Contributions to Commission Candidates” by Howard Fischer (Capitol News Services) for Arizona Daily Star California: “California Lawmakers Consider New Rules for Political Ads” by Andrew Oxford for AP News Washington: […]

Campaign Finance

Arizona: “Utility Panel OKs New Limits on Campaign Contributions to Commission Candidates” by Howard Fischer (Capitol News Services) for Arizona Daily Star

California: “California Lawmakers Consider New Rules for Political Ads” by Andrew Oxford for AP News

Washington: “In Win for Public Campaign Financing, State Supreme Court Upholds Seattle’s Unique ‘Democracy Vouchers’” by Daniel Beekman (Seattle Times) for Governing

Elections

National: “To Unlock the Youth Vote in 2020, Democrats Wage Legal Fights Against GOP-Backed Voting Restrictions” by Amy Gardner (Washington Post) for Northwest Herald

Ethics

National: “Trump Tells Freshman Congresswomen to ‘Go Back’ to the Countries They Came From” by Katie Rogers and Nicholas Fandos (New York Times) for MSN

National: “Alex Acosta Resigns as Labor Secretary Amid Intense Scrutiny of His Handling of Jeffrey Epstein Case” by David Nakamura, John Wagner, Ashley Parker, and Josh Dawsey (Washington Post) for MSN

National: “Trump Says He Will Seek Citizenship Information from Existing Federal Records, Not the Census” by Katie Rogers, Adam Liptak, Michael Crowley, and Michael Wines (New York Times) for MSN

Lobbying

West Virginia: “A Resolution Condemning Pipeline Challengers Passed Easily. A Pipeline Lobbyist Wrote It.” by Kate Mishkin (Charleston Gazette-Mail) for ProPublica

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July 11, 2019 •

New York JCOPE Launches Online Client Reporting

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On July 11, the New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics launched the ability to file client semi-annual reports and source of funding information through the online Lobbying Application for the 2019-2020 reporting period. JCOPE has granted an extension to […]

On July 11, the New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics launched the ability to file client semi-annual reports and source of funding information through the online Lobbying Application for the 2019-2020 reporting period.

JCOPE has granted an extension to all clients to file the client reports until July 31.

The extension only applies to semiannual reports and source of funding disclosures; lobbyist bimonthly reports are still due on July 15.

JCOPE has also produced a guideline “How to Properly Disclose Lobbying Activities” on their website to assist proper disclosure.

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July 11, 2019 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Trump Campaign Knew Consultant Was Behind Joe Biden Parody Site. Does That Make It a Campaign Finance Violation” by Asher Stockler for Newsweek National: “GOP at War Over Fundraising” by Alex Isenstadt for Politico California: “Insurance Commissioner […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Trump Campaign Knew Consultant Was Behind Joe Biden Parody Site. Does That Make It a Campaign Finance Violation” by Asher Stockler for Newsweek

National: “GOP at War Over Fundraising” by Alex Isenstadt for Politico

California: “Insurance Commissioner Will Return Funds from Companies with Ties to Industry He Regulates” by Jeff McDonald for San Diego Union-Tribune

Maine: “New Group Uses Exploited Advocacy Rules to ‘Educate’ Mainers About Sen. Collins” by Steve Mistler for Maine Public Radio

Ethics

National: “Study: Firm governance key as shareholders assess risk of political activity” by   for Phys.org; Staff

National: “Appeals Court Tosses Emoluments Suit Against Trump” by Jpsh Gerstein for Politico

National: “Federal Judge Rejects Trump Administration’s Bid to Swap Out Lawyers for Census Case on Citizenship Question” by Matt Zapotosky, Seung Min Kim, and Tara Bahrampour (Washington Post) for Duluth News Tribune

Missouri: “Former Sen. Hutchinson Pleads Guilty to Bribery in Missouri Federal Court” by Wesley Brown for talkbusiness.net

Lobbying

National: “In the Aftermath of Khashoggi’s Murder, Saudi Influence Machine Whirs on in Washington” by Beth Reinhard, Jonathan O’Connell, and Tom Hamburger (Washington Post) for Stamford Advocate

California: “California Bill Limits Spending by Local Government Groups” by Kathleen Ronayne for AP News

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