November 8, 2019 •

Senator Indicted for Corruption Charges Again

Senator and former Yauco Mayor Abel Nazario was arrested and indicted on November 6, 2019, on federal corruption charges.

Nazario is accused of using money from government programs receiving federal funds to pay people to work on his senatorial campaign.

Nazario, a member of the majority New Progressive Party (PNP), was previously arrested in 2018 for mandating employees work without pay.

He was later accused of withholding wages in retaliation.

Nazario maintains his innocence and is refusing to step down.

May 28, 2020 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “‘Dark Money’ Groups Dodge Reporting Requirement in New Regulations” by Toby Eckert for Politico Elections National: “‘A Game-Changer’: Pandemic forces shift in black voter outreach” by Bridgett Bowman for Roll Call Ethics National: “Trump Pushes a Conspiracy […]

Campaign Finance

National: “‘Dark Money’ Groups Dodge Reporting Requirement in New Regulations” by Toby Eckert for Politico

Elections

National: “‘A Game-Changer’: Pandemic forces shift in black voter outreach” by Bridgett Bowman for Roll Call

Ethics

National: “Trump Pushes a Conspiracy Theory That Falsely Accuses a TV Host of Murder” by Peter Baker and Maggie Astor (New York Times) for MSN

National: “Twitter Labels Trump’s Tweets with a Fact Check for the First Time” by Elizabeth Dwoskin (Washington Post) for MSN

National: “Justice Dept. Ends Inquiries Into 3 Senators’ Stock Trades” by Katie Benner and Nicholas Fandos for New York Times

Colorado: “Hickenlooper Says He Won’t Appear Before Colorado Ethics Body for Video Trial in June” by Alex Burness for Denver Post

Connecticut: “Dalios Pull Out of State Education Partnership, Attack GOP Reps” by Kaitlyn Krasselt for Connecticut Post

Legislative Issues

National: “Republicans Sue Pelosi to Block House Proxy Voting During Pandemic” by Nicholas Fandos and Michael Schmidt for New York Times

Lobbying

Europe: “Lobbyist Register to Be Tightened After Monsanto Case” by Nikolaj Nielson for EU Observer

National: “As Residents Perish, Nursing Homes Fight for Protection from Lawsuits” by Maggie Severns and Rachel Roubien for Politico

National: “Facebook Ran Multi-Year Charm Offensive to Woo State Prosecutors” by Naomi Nix for Bloomberg Law

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May 27, 2020 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance New York: “De Blasio’s NYC Campaign Account Hit with $16K Fine by Regulator” by Nolan Hicks for New York Post Elections Illinois: “Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan Wins Latest Round in Suit Alleging Sham Candidates” by Ray Long […]

Campaign Finance

New York: “De Blasio’s NYC Campaign Account Hit with $16K Fine by Regulator” by Nolan Hicks for New York Post

Elections

Illinois: “Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan Wins Latest Round in Suit Alleging Sham Candidates” by Ray Long for Chicago Tribune

Ethics

National: “Wealthiest Hospitals Got Billions in Bailout for Struggling Health Providers” by Jesse Drucker, Jessica Silver-Greenberg, and Sara Kliff (New York Times) for MSN

National: “Lawmakers Press GSA on Trump Hotel’s Request for Financial Relief During Pandemic” by Ccourtney Buble for Government Executive

Mississippi: “Mississippi Lawmakers Approved $300M in Small Business Grants. Can They Apply for the Money?” by Luke Ramseth for Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Lobbying

National: “Appeals Court Denies Lobbyists’ Efforts to Access Small-Business Loan Program” by Harper Neidig for The Hill

California: “Blind Spot: Lobbying behind California coronavirus contracts can stay secret” by Laurel Rosenhall for CalMatters

Florida: “Lobbyist Tied to Curry, JEA Bidder Paid City Hall’s Bar Tab at Jaguars Games” by Staff for Florida Times Union

Nebraska: “Nebraska Sees Increase in Lobbyists, Spending on Lobbyists” by Staff for AP News

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May 26, 2020 •

Hawaii Ethics Commission to Consider New Testimony for Proposed Lobbying, Gift Rules

Hawaii Capitol Building

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission voted to accept new testimony prior to its public hearing on May 21. The hearing is specifically concerning proposed amendments to the state lobbying and gift rules. In order to consider the new testimony, the […]

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission voted to accept new testimony prior to its public hearing on May 21.

The hearing is specifically concerning proposed amendments to the state lobbying and gift rules.

In order to consider the new testimony, the Commission deferred the matter to its next meeting scheduled for mid-June.

The proposals include:

  • Clarifications as to what activities constitute lobbying
  • Exclusions from lobbyist registration requirements
  • A requirement that expenditures be reported on an accrual rather than cash basis.

Additionally, the proposals would amend prohibitions on certain kinds of gifts, valuation of gifts, and gift disclosure statements.

Once the Commission approves the rules, the rules are subject to approval by the Department of the Attorney General and the governor. Afterward, they will be posted with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor for a period of 10 days before becoming effective.

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May 26, 2020 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Arkansas: “Ruling Ends Wait for Political Donors” by Linda Satter for Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Maine: “Ethics Panel Wants to Look at Anti-Corridor Group’s Donors” by Staff for AP News Elections Florida: “Federal Judge Guts Florida Law Requiring Felons to […]

Campaign Finance

Arkansas: “Ruling Ends Wait for Political Donors” by Linda Satter for Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Maine: “Ethics Panel Wants to Look at Anti-Corridor Group’s Donors” by Staff for AP News

Elections

Florida: “Federal Judge Guts Florida Law Requiring Felons to Pay Fines Before They Can Vote” by Amy Gardner (Washington Post) for MSN

Ethics

National: “Horsford’s Extramarital Affair with Former Senate Staffer Shows How Narrow House Rules Are” by Chris Marquette for Roll Call

National: “As Trump Removes Federal Watchdogs, Some Loyalists Replacing Them Have ‘Preposterous’ Conflicts” by Lisa Rein and Tom Hamburger (Washington Post) for MSN

Kentucky: “Citing Misuse of Funds, Kentucky Auditor Refers 3 County Attorney Offices to Law Enforcement” by Joe Sonka for Louisville Courier Journal

Washington DC: “Jack Evans Fined $35,000 by Ethics Board as Voters Weigh Returning Him to Office” by Fenit Nirappil for Washington Post

Lobbying

National: “America’s Economic Pain Arrives on K Street” by Theodoric Meyer and Daniel Lippman for Politico

Missouri: “No Lobbyist Gifts for State Lawmakers, But Local Officials in Missouri Still Get Freebies” by Kurt Erickson for St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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May 21, 2020 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Courts Hamper Efforts to Shine Light on Digital Campaign Ads” by Kenneth Doyle for Bloomberg Law National: “Election Watchdog, Dormant for Months, Can Finally Move into Action” by Rebecca Ruiz for New York Times Montana: “Dark Money […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Courts Hamper Efforts to Shine Light on Digital Campaign Ads” by Kenneth Doyle for Bloomberg Law

National: “Election Watchdog, Dormant for Months, Can Finally Move into Action” by Rebecca Ruiz for New York Times

Montana: “Dark Money Group Ordered to Disclose Details on Campaign Spending in Montana” by Tom Lutey for Billings Gazette

Elections

New York: “New York Democratic Presidential Primary to Proceed Following Federal Appeals Panel Ruling” by Shayna Jacobs and John Wagner for Washington Post

Ethics

National: “Democrats Open Investigation into Trump’s Replacement of Acting Transportation Department Inspector General” by Ian Duncan and Michael Laris (Washington Post) for MSN

National: “Targeting Hunter Biden, Senate Panel Approves Subpoena for Lobbying Firm Over Democrats’ Objections” by Mike DeBonis for Washington Post

National: “Susan Pompeo Draws Scrutiny in Inquiry Over Dry Cleaning and Dog Walking” by Lara Jakes (New York Times) for MSN

California: “Here’s a Closer Look at the Ex-Deputy Mayor Enmeshed in City Hall Corruption Probe” by Emily Alpert Reyes and Joel Rubin for Los Angeles Times

Lobbying

California: “Newsom Raises Record $26M in Donations for Covid-19, Some from Companies Lobbying State” by Katy Murphy and Carla Marinucci for Politico

Mississippi: “Nonprofit Officials Spent $400,000 in Welfare Dollars to Lobby State Government. Public Education Funding Flowed Their Way.” by Anna Wolfe for Mississippi Today

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May 20, 2020 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Phantom Super PAC Says It Returned Donations” by Zach Montellaro for Politico Elections California: “San Diego Ballot Measures for Ranked Choice Voting, ‘Clean Elections’ Take Key Step Forward” by David Garrick for San Diego Union Tribune Ethics […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Phantom Super PAC Says It Returned Donations” by Zach Montellaro for Politico

Elections

California: “San Diego Ballot Measures for Ranked Choice Voting, ‘Clean Elections’ Take Key Step Forward” by David Garrick for San Diego Union Tribune

Ethics

National: “House Tells Supreme Court That Mueller Grand Jury Material Is Needed Now” by Robert Barnes and Ann Marimow (Washington Post) for Laredo Morning Times

National: “Barr Installs Top DOJ Aide, Prosecutor of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Trespasser, Over U.S. Prosecutors in Washington” by Spencer Hsu and Keith Alexander (Washington Post) for Beaumont Enterprise

National: “Pompeo’s Moves Against Inspector General Leave a Trail of Questions and a Department Divided” by John Hudson and Carol Morello (Washington Post) for MSN

Michigan: “Bribery Case Against Detroit Councilman Could End in Plea Deal 3 Years After He Took Money” by M.L. Elrick for Detroit Free Press

Missouri: “Clean Missouri Proponents Sue to Have Lawmaker-Approved Repeal Question Rewritten” by Crystal Thomas for Kansas City Star

New Jersey: “Katie Brennan Settles Lawsuit Against State and Murphy Campaign for $1 Million Following Rape Allegation” by Kelly Heyboer and Ted Sherman (NJ Advance Media) for Newark Star Ledger

Oregon: “Oregon High Court Halts Ruling Nixing Virus Restrictions” by Gillian Flaccus and Andrew Selsky for AP News

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May 19, 2020 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Donors Can Now Give $620,600 to Biden and DNC, Expanding Democratic Big-Money Fundraising” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee for Washington Post Oklahoma: “Controversial Oklahoma Bill That Would Have Reversed Campaign Contribution Rules Permanently Killed” by Cassandra Sweetman […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Donors Can Now Give $620,600 to Biden and DNC, Expanding Democratic Big-Money Fundraising” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee for Washington Post

Oklahoma: “Controversial Oklahoma Bill That Would Have Reversed Campaign Contribution Rules Permanently Killed” by Cassandra Sweetman for KFOR

Elections

National: “Freed by Court Ruling, Republicans Step Up Effort to Patrol Voting” by Michael Wines for New York Times

Ethics

National: “Trump’s Company Has Received at Least $970,000 from U.S. Taxpayers for Room Rentals” by David Fahrenthold and Joshua Partlow (Washington Post) for MSN

Alaska: “Alaska Lawmaker Says Hitler Was Not White Supremacist After Comparing Coronavirus Measures to Nazi Rule” by Hannah Knowles and Candace Buckner (Washington Post) for MSN

Legislative Issues

National: “Work from Home Congress? House OKs Proxy Votes” by Lisa Mascaro for AP News

Lobbying

National: “EPA Emails Reveal Talks Between Trump Officials, Chemical Group Before 2017 Settlement” by Rachel Frazen for The Hill

New York: “Who Exactly Is a Lobbyist?” by Rebecca Lewis for City & State

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May 18, 2020 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Liberals Embrace Super PACs They Once Shunned” by Max Greenwood for The Hill Maryland: “Super PAC Supporting Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Mary Miller Shuts Down After Email Details Strategy to Attract White Voters” by Talia Richman and Luke […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Liberals Embrace Super PACs They Once Shunned” by Max Greenwood for The Hill

Maryland: “Super PAC Supporting Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Mary Miller Shuts Down After Email Details Strategy to Attract White Voters” by Talia Richman and Luke Broadwater for Baltimore Sun

Ethics

National: “Appeals Court Greenlights Emoluments Suit against Trump” by Josh Gerstein for Politico

National: “Fired Inspector General Was Examining Whether Pompeo Had a Staffer Walk His Dog, Handle Dry Cleaning, Official Says” by Mike DeBonis and John Hudson for Washington Post

National: “Sen. Richard Burr Stepping Aside as Intelligence Committee Chair Amid FBI Investigation of His Stock Sales” by Devlin Barrett, Seung Min Kim, and Katie Shepherd for Washington Post

Florida: “Curry’s Former Chief Administrator, Political Strategist Worked for JEA Bidder, According to Documents” by Christopher Hong for Florida Times Union

Lobbying

National: “K Street, PACs Not Eager to Attend In-Person Fundraisers Yet” by Kate Ackley for Roll Call

Pennsylvania: “Pennsylvania Auditor General Probing ‘Undue’ Outside Influence on Business Waivers” by Christen Smith (The Center Square) for Clearfield Progress

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