June 15, 2011 •

Pay Fines and File or No Lobbying in South Carolina

Flag of South CarolinaLobbyists and lobbyist’s principals can no longer register, reregister, or continue to be registered in South Carolina if they have outstanding late filing penalties.

House Bill 3183, which Governor Nikki Haley recently signed into law, prohibits the State Ethics Commission from allowing delinquent lobbyists and lobbyist’s principals to participate in lobbying until the fines and filing have been remedied.

The bill also delineates what the fines and penalties are for late filing. Persons filing late are first fined $100 if a report is not filed within 10 days of the due date. After receiving notice by certified or registered mail that a required report has not been filed, there is a $10 a day fine for the first 10 days after receiving the notice. The fine increases to $100 a day for each additional day the required report is not filed, capping at $5,000.

If the report is still not filed, the offender faces an additional misdemeanor conviction with imprisonment or fines.

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June 20, 2019 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “A Foreigner Paid $200,000 for Tickets to Trump’s Inaugural. Now He Says He Was Duped.” by Kenneth Vogel (New York Times) for MSN National: “The Political Donor Class Is Mostly White and Male. Some Women of Color […]

Campaign Finance

National: “A Foreigner Paid $200,000 for Tickets to Trump’s Inaugural. Now He Says He Was Duped.” by Kenneth Vogel (New York Times) for MSN

National: “The Political Donor Class Is Mostly White and Male. Some Women of Color Are Trying to Change That.” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee for Washington Post

National: “DC Circuit Rejects NY State GOP-Led Challenge to Anti-‘Pay-to-Play’ Rule” by Tom McPartland for Law.com

Kentucky: “Feds Allege Dad of Alison Lundergan Grimes Wrongly Funneled Money to Her State Races” by Bill Estep and Daniel Desrochers for Lexington Herald-Leader

Ethics

Indiana: “Four Women File Lawsuit Against Curtis Hill. Here’s What It Says About Indiana Lawmakers.” by Kaitlin Lange for Indianapolis Star

Nevada: “Experts Give High Marks to New Law That Will Add Teeth to Nevada’s Public Records Statute” by James DeHaven for Reno Gazette Journal

Lobbying

Maine: “Bill Would Limit Lobbyist Contributions Year-Round” by   for Middletown Press; Associated Press

Montana: “Montana Lobbyist Spending Reports Now Harder to Access” by Corin Cates-Carney for Montana Public Radio

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June 19, 2019 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “FEC Chair Makes Another Go at Regulating Online Political Ads” by Karl Evers-Hillstrom for Center for Responsive Politics Arkansas: “Judge Blocks Law on Timing of Donations” by Linda Satter for Arkansas Democrat-Gazette New Jersey: “Gov Signs Dark-Money […]

Campaign Finance

National: “FEC Chair Makes Another Go at Regulating Online Political Ads” by Karl Evers-Hillstrom for Center for Responsive Politics

Arkansas: “Judge Blocks Law on Timing of Donations” by Linda Satter for Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

New Jersey: “Gov Signs Dark-Money Bill, Expects Lawmakers to Roll Back Problem Parts” by Colleen O’Dea for NJ Spotlight

Utah: “State’s ‘Hands Tied’ on PAC Connected to Utah Governor’s Former Campaign Manager, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox Says” by Lisa Riley Roche for Deseret News

Ethics

National: “As Trump’s Defense Pick Withdraws, He Addresses Violent Domestic Incidents” by Aaron Davis and Shawn Boburg (Washington Post) for Boston Globe

National: “Supreme Court Rules in Case Watched for Impact on Trump Pardons” by Josh Gerstein and Natasha Bertrand for Politico

New Jersey: “NJ Tax Breaks Panel: ‘Special interests’ exerted influence, then they benefited” by Dustin Racioppi for Bergen Record

Washington DC: “Law Firm That Investigated Jack Evans for Metro Found ‘Multiple Violations’ of Ethics Code” by Robert McCartney for Washington Post

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June 18, 2019 •

Arkansas to Appeal Rejection of Campaign Finance Rule

A federal judge blocked a state law that prevents candidates for public office from accepting campaign contributions more than two years before an election. The ruling prompted an immediate appeal from the attorney general. Plaintiff Peggy Jones of Pulaski County […]

A federal judge blocked a state law that prevents candidates for public office from accepting campaign contributions more than two years before an election.

The ruling prompted an immediate appeal from the attorney general.

Plaintiff Peggy Jones of Pulaski County filed suit on April 5 over Arkansas Code 7-6-203(e).

Jones claimed the blackout period infringed on her First Amendment right of political expression by preventing her from donating money now to those she wishes to support as candidates in the 2022 election cycle.

Jones contended the blackout period is unconstitutional because it is not closely drawn to address the important governmental interest of preventing corruption.

She also claimed the law is over-broad because it bars all campaign contributions, including small contributions that do not present a potential for corruption.

U.S. District Judge James Moody Jr. granted a preliminary injunction on June 17, enjoining the state from enforcing the law during the pendency of the matter.

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June 18, 2019 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Colorado: “Outside Groups Spent More Than $1 Million to Influence Denver’s Election, and It Took a Lot of Work to Figure That Out” by Andrew Kenney for Denver Post Oregon: “Limits on Oregon Campaign Money Are Dead. But […]

Campaign Finance

Colorado: “Outside Groups Spent More Than $1 Million to Influence Denver’s Election, and It Took a Lot of Work to Figure That Out” by Andrew Kenney for Denver Post

Oregon: “Limits on Oregon Campaign Money Are Dead. But Voters May Still Get to Weigh In.” by Rob Davis for Portland Oregonian

Washington: “These Voters Are Using Democracy Vouchers to Influence Seattle’s City Council Races” by Daniel Beekman for Seattle Times

Elections

National: “‘Who’s Taking Care of the Kids?’ Is Finally a Question for Dads on the Trail, Too” by Lisa Lerer (New York Times) for MSN

Ethics

National: “‘I Hate David and I Hate This Job’: Ex-Schweikert staffers describe unrest in ethics report” by Ronald Hanson for Arizona Republic

Connecticut: “A Decade After His Corruption Scandal Broke, Hartford Weighs a Second Chance for Eddie Perez” by Rebecca Lurye for Hartford Courant

Oklahoma: “Ethics Commission Says Money Is Tight” by Nolan Clay for The Oklahoman

Redistricting

Virginia: “Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Findings of Racial Gerrymandering in Virginia Districts” by Robert Barnes (Washington Post) for Philadelphia Inquirer

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June 17, 2019 •

Bill Limiting Lobbyist Contributions Signed

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

This month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 2677 prohibiting persons required to register as a lobbyist from knowingly making or authorizing certain political contributions or political expenditures. Prohibited contributions include those to another candidate, officeholder, or political committee […]

This month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 2677 prohibiting persons required to register as a lobbyist from knowingly making or authorizing certain political contributions or political expenditures.

Prohibited contributions include those to another candidate, officeholder, or political committee from political contributions accepted by the person as a candidate or officeholder or by a specific-purpose committee for the purpose of supporting the person as a candidate or assisting the person as an officeholder.

Under House Bill 2677, making a contribution described above requires a person to refrain from lobbying for a two-year period following the date the person makes or authorizes the contribution.

An exception is created for persons seeking to influence legislation or administrative action on behalf of nonprofit organizations, low income individuals, and a group of individuals with disabilities, and those not receiving compensation for their communications with members of the legislative and executive branches.

House Bill 2677 will go into effect on September 27, 2019.

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June 17, 2019 •

West Virginia Governor Amends Special Session

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice

Gov. Jim Justice is adding an additional 12 bills for the Legislature to consider during the special session originally focusing on education. Gov. Justice amended his original proclamation by adding 10 new supplemental appropriation bills. One bill relates to the […]

Gov. Jim Justice is adding an additional 12 bills for the Legislature to consider during the special session originally focusing on education.

Gov. Justice amended his original proclamation by adding 10 new supplemental appropriation bills.

One bill relates to the procurement of construction work performed as part of disaster mitigation or recovery originating from a declared state of emergency.

Additionally, another bill relates to the Ryan Brown Fund.

Members of the House of Delegates are scheduled to convene today to continue the special session on education.

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June 17, 2019 •

NYCU Video Digest – June 17, 2019

New FARA Regulations, and changes being made to lobbying disclosures in various states. Catch up with all of it in this edition of News You Can Use Video Digest!

New FARA Regulations, and changes being made to lobbying disclosures in various states. Catch up with all of it in this edition of News You Can Use Video Digest!

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June 17, 2019 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Why the Trump Campaign Won’t Pay Police Bills” by Dave Levinthal for Center for Public Integrity National: “Legal Fight Tougher for Congressman as Wife Pleads Guilty” by Julie Watson for AP News New York: “Council Passes Campaign […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Why the Trump Campaign Won’t Pay Police Bills” by Dave Levinthal for Center for Public Integrity

National: “Legal Fight Tougher for Congressman as Wife Pleads Guilty” by Julie Watson for AP News

New York: “Council Passes Campaign Finance Bill Roiling Early Mayoral Race” by Noah Berman for Gotham Gazette

Oregon: “Judge Strikes Down Portland Campaign Finance Limits” by Gordon Friedman for Portland Oregonian

Ethics

National: “Federal Watchdog Agency Recommends Removal of Kellyanne Conway from Federal Office for Violating the Hatch Act” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Lisa Rein, and Josh Dawsey for Washington Post

New Jersey: “Phil Murphy’s Office Was Warned About Improper Hiring at SDA, Ethics Official Says” by Dustin Racioppi for Bergen Record

Lobbying

Canada: “Democracy Watchdog Calls for Investigation into Lobbyists Selling Tickets for Ford Fundraiser” by Jill Mahoney for The Globe and Mail

Massachusetts: “Does Sal DiMasi Have to Register as a Lobbyist? The State Says He Already Lobbied – Illegally” by Matt Stout for Boston Globe

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