April 29, 2020 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Elections National: “How a Digital Ad Strategy That Helped Trump Is Being Used Against Him” by Nick Corasaniti for New York Times Wisconsin: “Wisconsin Health Department: 36 people positive for coronavirus after primary vote” by Noland McCaskill for Politico Ethics […]

Elections

National: “How a Digital Ad Strategy That Helped Trump Is Being Used Against Him” by Nick Corasaniti for New York Times

Wisconsin: “Wisconsin Health Department: 36 people positive for coronavirus after primary vote” by Noland McCaskill for Politico

Ethics

National: “Trump Allies Highlight New Claims Regarding Allegations Against Biden” by Matt Viser (Washington Post) for MSN

Kansas: “Kansas Ethics Panel Fines Former Corrections Secretary for Taking $100K Job with CoreCivic” by Sherman Smith for Topeka Capital-Journal

Michigan: “Michigan Senator Apologizes for Mask That Looked Like Confederate Flag” by Sandra Garcia for New York Times

Rhode Island: “Ethics Commission Dismisses GOP Complaint vs. Raimondo” by Katherine Gregg for Providence Journal

Virginia: “Va. Gun Range Wins First Victory Against Order Requiring Businesses to Close” by Justin Jouvenal (Washington Post) for Laredo Morning Times

Legislative Issues

Georgia: “Supreme Court Rules States Can’t Copyright Annotated Laws” by Tim Ryan for Courthouse News Service

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April 28, 2020 •

New York JCOPE Introduces New Lobbying Application Functionality

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The New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics introduced a new feature on the state Lobbying Application. Their aim is to minimize the risk of duplicate profiles and improve functionality. Additionally, this feature allows creating or claiming an organization profile […]

The New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics introduced a new feature on the state Lobbying Application.

Their aim is to minimize the risk of duplicate profiles and improve functionality.

Additionally, this feature allows creating or claiming an organization profile (lobbyist, client, public corporation, or coalition).

In turn, this allows information to prepopulate a client’s semiannual report, provide more transparency, increase reliability, and reduce filing delays.

JCOPE also announced the mechanism to assign an individual as a Chief Administrative Officer and Delegated Administrator has changed.

To authorize an individual for either of these specific roles, the individual’s user identification number must be provided.

The ability to assign an individual as the CAO or the DA merely by entering their first and last name in a search field has been eliminated.

Any questions about navigating the Lobbying Application may be directed to the JCOPE Lobbying Helpdesk at (518) 474-3973 or by emailing helpdesk@jcope.ny.gov.

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April 28, 2020 •

New York Board of Elections Cancels Presidential Primary

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Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Board of Elections voted to cancel the presidential primary on June 23. The presidential primary was previously rescheduled from April 28 to June 23 due to the state of emergency. The decision to cancel […]

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Board of Elections voted to cancel the presidential primary on June 23.

The presidential primary was previously rescheduled from April 28 to June 23 due to the state of emergency.

The decision to cancel the presidential primary does not affect the congressional special election, state, and local primaries scheduled for June 23.

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April 28, 2020 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Elections National: “Thousands of Candidates Reinventing Politics on the Fly for the Age of Pandemic” by Michael Scherer (Washington Post) for MSN National: “Ballot Scramble: Maryland, Ohio test rapid shift to all-mail voting” by Stephanie Akin and Jessica Wehrman for […]

Elections

National: “Thousands of Candidates Reinventing Politics on the Fly for the Age of Pandemic” by Michael Scherer (Washington Post) for MSN

National: “Ballot Scramble: Maryland, Ohio test rapid shift to all-mail voting” by Stephanie Akin and Jessica Wehrman for Roll Call

Ethics

National: “Start-Ups Pursue ‘Free Money’ with Relief Funds, Prompting Backlash” by Erin Griffith and David McCabe (New York Times) for MSN

California: “Newsom Executive Orders Test Constitutional Bounds – and Legislative Goodwill” by Debra Kahn for Politico

South Dakota: “2 South Dakota Lawmakers Reprimanded for Intoxication at Capitol” by Shannon Marvel for Dickinson Press

Lobbying

Illinois: “Bid to Strengthen Legislative Ethics Code on Sexual Harassment Blocked by Senate” by Dalton Stokes for State Journal-Register

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April 27, 2020 •

New York Governor Reschedules June Special Elections

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On April 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.23 to reschedule state assembly and senate special elections. The elections now move from June 23 to November 3 due to the ongoing COVID-19 state of emergency. Additionally rescheduled to the […]

On April 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.23 to reschedule state assembly and senate special elections.

The elections now move from June 23 to November 3 due to the ongoing COVID-19 state of emergency.

Additionally rescheduled to the same day as the general election, are special elections for the 50th Senate District and the 12th, 31st, and 136th Assembly Districts.

The executive order also reschedules a special election for Queens Borough President from June 23 to November 3.

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April 27, 2020 •

Alabama Legislature Delays Its Return

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The Alabama Legislature’s leadership has announced the Legislature’s return will be delayed until May 4. Originally set to return on April 28, the decision complies with Gov. Kay Ivey’s stay-at-home order, which remains in effect until April 30. This delay […]

The Alabama Legislature’s leadership has announced the Legislature’s return will be delayed until May 4.

Originally set to return on April 28, the decision complies with Gov. Kay Ivey’s stay-at-home order, which remains in effect until April 30.

This delay will require the Legislature to work quickly as the session must adjourn sine die on or before May 18, per the state constitution.

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April 27, 2020 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Oregon: “Oregon Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Campaign Contribution Limits” by Jeff Mapes for Oregon Public Broadcasting Ethics National: “Spotify and Text-a-Thons: How the census is reaching out during coronavirus” by Maya King and Danielle Muoio for […]

Campaign Finance

Oregon: “Oregon Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Campaign Contribution Limits” by Jeff Mapes for Oregon Public Broadcasting

Ethics

National: “Spotify and Text-a-Thons: How the census is reaching out during coronavirus” by Maya King and Danielle Muoio for Poilitico

National: “Pollo Tropical, Which Employs Florida Congresswoman’s Husband, Gets Small Biz Loan” by Alex Daugherty for Miami Herald

National: “Democrats Press General Services Administration Over Trump Hotel Payments” by Jonathan O’Connell, David Fahrenthold, and Joshua Partlow (Washington Post) for Greenwich Time

National: “Biden Sexual Assault Allegation Roils #MeToo Movement” by Molly Otterbein and Marc Caputo for Politico

South Carolina: “SC Officials Troubled by Senator’s Financial Ties to Richland County Church’s Nonprofit” by Andrew Kaplan for The State

Lobbying

Florida: “Federal Grand Jury Casts Wide Net for JEA Records, Communications” by Mike Mendenhall for Jacksonville Daily Record

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April 24, 2020 •

Virginia Elections Postponed

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Gov. Ralph Northam has postponed upcoming elections for two weeks. Pursuant to a pair of executive orders, the general and special elections scheduled for May 5 will instead be held on May 19. Additionally, the primary election scheduled for June […]

Gov. Ralph Northam has postponed upcoming elections for two weeks.

Pursuant to a pair of executive orders, the general and special elections scheduled for May 5 will instead be held on May 19.

Additionally, the primary election scheduled for June 9 will be held June 23.

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April 24, 2020 •

Hawaii Ethics Commission Further Extends Deadline for Lobbyist Reports

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On April 24, the Hawaii State Ethics Commission further extended the deadline for lobbyist and employer activity reports to June 1 in response to COVID-19. Originally, reports for the January 1 to February 29 period were due on March 31. […]

On April 24, the Hawaii State Ethics Commission further extended the deadline for lobbyist and employer activity reports to June 1 in response to COVID-19.

Originally, reports for the January 1 to February 29 period were due on March 31.

The stay-at-home orders prompted the commission to extend the deadline to April 30.

Now the deadline has been further extended to June 1.

This does not affect lobbyist and employer activity reports due June 1 for the reporting period of March 1 to April 30.

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April 24, 2020 •

Wisconsin Republicans Postpone Party Convention Until July

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The Republican Party of Wisconsin postponed its annual state convention from May to July because of the coronavirus pandemic. The convention will now take place over two days instead of three on July 10-11 in Green Bay. State Democrats have […]

The Republican Party of Wisconsin postponed its annual state convention from May to July because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The convention will now take place over two days instead of three on July 10-11 in Green Bay.

State Democrats have already changed their convention to one day, June 12, in Wisconsin Dells.

Additionally, the party will decide by May 1 whether it will be in-person or change to a virtual event.

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April 24, 2020 •

Connecticut Ethics Commission Announces Filing Extensions

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the State Ethics Commission announced a filing deadline extension for lobbyist monthly and quarterly reports until July 10. This extension affects monthly reports due on April 10, May 10, and June 10, in which […]

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the State Ethics Commission announced a filing deadline extension for lobbyist monthly and quarterly reports until July 10.

This extension affects monthly reports due on April 10, May 10, and June 10, in which the lobbyist has expended or agreed to expend $100 or more in furtherance of lobbying activities to influence legislative action in the preceding month.

The filing deadline for the first quarterly report was also extended until July 10.

The commission is expected to send out further details by email to notify all filers.

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April 23, 2020 •

Connecticut General Assembly Announces Session Will Not Reconvene

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On April 21, the General Assembly announced the regular session will not reconvene before the May 6 constitutional adjournment date. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the legislative session has been suspended since March 11. Legislative leaders expect a special […]

On April 21, the General Assembly announced the regular session will not reconvene before the May 6 constitutional adjournment date.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the legislative session has been suspended since March 11.

Legislative leaders expect a special session to be called in the coming months to address pending bills to ensure the continuity of government functions.

This does not immediately affect lobbyist reporting.

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April 23, 2020 •

Oregon Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Campaign Contribution Limits

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The Oregon Supreme Court, reversing its longstanding ban on strict campaign finance limits, ruled in favor of a voter approved Multnomah County law putting a $500 limit on campaign donations. The court concluded contribution limits are not invalid under the state […]

The Oregon Supreme Court, reversing its longstanding ban on strict campaign finance limits, ruled in favor of a voter approved Multnomah County law putting a $500 limit on campaign donations.

The court concluded contribution limits are not invalid under the state constitution.

The case has been sent back to a lower court to decide whether Multnomah County’s dollar limits themselves are too low, while tossing out the limits Multnomah County voters set on campaign expenditures.

The ruling could lead to new campaign finance limits throughout the state.

Oregon voters will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment this fall allowing limits on the flow of big money into political campaigns.

Oregon has been one of only a handful of states in the country with no limits on political donations and spending.

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April 23, 2020 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Oregon: “Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Violated Campaign Finance Disclosure Rules, City Elections Official Says” by Everton Bailey Jr. for Portland Oregonian Elections Wisconsin: “Vote by Mail in Wisconsin Helped a Liberal Candidate, Upending Old Theories” by Reid Epstein […]

Campaign Finance

Oregon: “Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Violated Campaign Finance Disclosure Rules, City Elections Official Says” by Everton Bailey Jr. for Portland Oregonian

Elections

Wisconsin: “Vote by Mail in Wisconsin Helped a Liberal Candidate, Upending Old Theories” by Reid Epstein for New York Times

Ethics

National: “The Quiet Hand of Conservative Groups in the Anti-Lockdown Protests” by Kenneth Vogel, Jim Rutenberg, and Lisa Lerer (New York Times) for MSN

National: “Ethics Guidance on Coronavirus Relief Package: Lawmakers may be able to apply for some loans” by Chris Marquette for Roll Call

National: “Donna Shalala, Lone Democrat Overseeing $500B Virus Fund, Didn’t Disclose 2019 Stock Sales” by Alex Daugherty for Tampa Bay Times

Michigan: “Michigan Cancels Contract with Two Democratic-Linked Firms That Had Been Tapped to Track Coronavirus” by Matt Viser and Josh Dawsey (Washington Post) for Connecticut Post

Lobbying

National: “Cory Gardner Attended Pricey Champagne Party in Palm Beach. A Colorado Lawmaker Wants an Investigation.” by Jason Wingerter for Denver Post

National: “Small Business Rescue Cash Isn’t for Lobbyists, Judge Rules” by Erik Larson (Bloomberg) for Washington Post

Illinois: “Mayor Lori Lightfoot Introduces Plan to Change Chicago’s City Ethics Rules, Again Allowing Some Elected Officials to Lobby City Government” by John Byrne for Chicago Tribune

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