October 23, 2018 •

Procurement Policy Bill Vetoed

Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo vetoed Bill 28-34 aimed at restructuring the process of procurement protests. The governor indicated that the Attorney General and the General Services Agency also opposed the measure as ambiguous because it allowed anyone who showed […]

Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo vetoed Bill 28-34 aimed at restructuring the process of procurement protests.

The governor indicated that the Attorney General and the General Services Agency also opposed the measure as ambiguous because it allowed anyone who showed an interest in the procurement to have the ability to file a protest.

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October 23, 2018 •

Colorado Schedules Rulemaking Hearing

Secretary of State Wayne Williams scheduled a rulemaking hearing on November 14 to consider amendments to the state’s campaign and political finance laws. The proposed amendments would affect a candidate committee’s management of unexpended campaign funds as well as the […]

Secretary of State Wayne Williams scheduled a rulemaking hearing on November 14 to consider amendments to the state’s campaign and political finance laws.

The proposed amendments would affect a candidate committee’s management of unexpended campaign funds as well as the Elections Division’s review of written complaints.

If changes are made prior to the hearing, a revised copy of the proposed rules will be available no later than November 9.

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October 23, 2018 •

Ballot Issue Analysis Allowed by Court

The Institute for Free Speech (IFS) will be allowed to distribute analysis of Measure 24 and Constitutional Amendment W without risk of violating the South Dakota law concerning independent expenditures in a political campaign. IFS challenged the law in federal […]

The Institute for Free Speech (IFS) will be allowed to distribute analysis of Measure 24 and Constitutional Amendment W without risk of violating the South Dakota law concerning independent expenditures in a political campaign.

IFS challenged the law in federal court and while the judge did not rule the law unconstitutional, he did grant a preliminary injunction to prevent the state from prosecuting IFS.

The analysis is to be distributed electronically and does not urge passage or defeat of the measures.

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October 23, 2018 •

Leadership PACs’ Personal Use Petition Comment Period Ends November 16

The public has until November 16 to comment on a petition to expand federal regulations concerning the personal use of campaign funds taken from leadership PACs. A petition for rulemaking received by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in July seeks […]

The public has until November 16 to comment on a petition to expand federal regulations concerning the personal use of campaign funds taken from leadership PACs.

A petition for rulemaking received by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in July seeks to revise and amend 11 CFR §113.1(g), which regulates the personal use of campaign funds. The petitioners want the regulation to also apply to leadership PAC funds.

Public comments must be submitted in writing to the FEC on or before November 16, 2018, to be considered during the formulation of the proposed rule. Comments may be submitted electronically at http://sers.fec.gov/fosers/rulemaking.htm?pid=2933211.

The Commission does not consider a petition’s merits until after the comment period closes. If the FEC decides a petition has merit, it then begins a rulemaking proceeding.

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October 23, 2018 •

Expert to Redraw VA District Maps

Federal judges have appointed a University of California political science professor, Bernard Grofman, to redraw House of Delegates congressional maps. In June, the court ordered lawmakers to redraw lines to address racial gerrymandering by the end of October. The General […]

Federal judges have appointed a University of California political science professor, Bernard Grofman, to redraw House of Delegates congressional maps.

In June, the court ordered lawmakers to redraw lines to address racial gerrymandering by the end of October.

The General Assembly was not able to agree on a legislative solution and Gov. Northam promised to veto any redistricting bills sent to his desk.

The court will hold another conference to schedule the process but has indicated a new map will be enacted by March 28, 2019.

Pictured: University of California professor Bernard Grofman

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October 23, 2018 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance North Carolina: “Citing Missing Contributions, Elections Board Refers Charlotte Lawmaker to Prosecutors” by Jim Morrill and Craig Jarvis for Raleigh News and Observer Elections Federal: “GOP War Room Blasts Endless Stream of Criticism at Democrats, with Warren Its […]

Campaign Finance

North Carolina: “Citing Missing Contributions, Elections Board Refers Charlotte Lawmaker to Prosecutors” by Jim Morrill and Craig Jarvis for Raleigh News and Observer

Elections

Federal: “GOP War Room Blasts Endless Stream of Criticism at Democrats, with Warren Its Latest Target” by Michael Scherer for Washington Post

Federal: “Justice Dept. Accuses Russians of Interfering in Midterm Elections” by Adam Goldman (New York Times) for WRAL

Alaska: “Alaska Governor Says He Quit Reelection Race to Boost Democrat” by The Associated Press for Los Angeles Times

Ethics

Federal: “Trump Appointee Tapped Days Ago to Run Interior Department’s Watchdog Office Resigns Amid Controversy” by Lisa Rein, Josh Dawsey, and Juliet Eilperin for Washington Post

Idaho: “Does Idaho Need to Drain the Swamp? State Lags in National Anti-Corruption Ranking” by Kelly Browning for McClatchy DC

Oregon: “Lawmakers Ignored Subpoenas in Sex Harassment Case, Labor Commissioner Says” by Gordon Friedman for Portland Oregonian

South Carolina: “Should SC Roads Be Named After Lawmakers Who Have Pleaded Guilty to Corruption?” by Avery Wilks for The State

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October 22, 2018 •

Lawsuit Filed Over Massachusetts Campaign Finance Law

The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance filed a lawsuit against the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) alleging that the state’s campaign finance laws are unconstitutional. The law in question requires ads within 90 days of a general election naming any […]

The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance filed a lawsuit against the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) alleging that the state’s campaign finance laws are unconstitutional.

The law in question requires ads within 90 days of a general election naming any candidate or ballot question to include a statement from the sponsor’s chief executive officer, chairman, principal officer, or business manager.

The law covers television ads, radio, billboards, and print and must also include a list of the organization’s top five contributors.

The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance asserts these requirements may lead to biased judgments about an ad based on the named officer’s sex, gender, race, or other personal characteristics.

Additionally, they argue the requirements imply the donors funded the ad when they only contributed money to support the organization’s overall mission.

The OCPF has declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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October 22, 2018 •

Boston Mayor Signs Lobbying Ordinance

Mayor Marty Walsh signed an ordinance last week requiring lobbyist registration and reporting for individuals and entities attempting to influence city action. The ordinance was passed by city council in late September and requires registration by every person retained, employed […]

Mayor Marty Walsh signed an ordinance last week requiring lobbyist registration and reporting for individuals and entities attempting to influence city action.

The ordinance was passed by city council in late September and requires registration by every person retained, employed or designated by any client or lobbying entity to engage in lobbying or lobbying activities.

This comes after two years of Mayor Walsh calling for increased transparency through the implementation of a lobbying ordinance.

In July, Mayor Walsh vetoed a lobbying ordinance passed by council as it failed to define and regulate lobbying and did not create an adequate enforcement mechanism.

The new ordinance, effective April 13, 2019, creates a quarterly reporting requirement and penalties for late registration and reporting.

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October 22, 2018 •

Tennessee Special Election Likely for State Senate Seat

Sen. Majority Leader Mark Norris was appointed as judge to a U.S. District Court on October 11. Norris announced on October 16 that due to time restraints and official duties he won’t be able to step down from his District […]

Sen. Majority Leader Mark Norris was appointed as judge to a U.S. District Court on October 11.

Norris announced on October 16 that due to time restraints and official duties he won’t be able to step down from his District 32 Senate seat by Election Day on November 6.

This will trigger a special election and potentially a temporary appointment until the seat is filled.

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October 22, 2018 •

Alaska Lieutenant Governor Resigns

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned October 16 after making comments that were called “inappropriate” by Gov. Bill Walker. His replacement is Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson, who was once a commissioner for the Department of Health and Social Services. According to […]

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned October 16 after making comments that were called “inappropriate” by Gov. Bill Walker.

His replacement is Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson, who was once a commissioner for the Department of Health and Social Services.

According to Gov. Walker, it is too late to remove Mallott’s name from the ballot, but Mallott will not accept the position of lieutenant governor if he is elected next month.

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October 22, 2018 •

North Carolina Special Session Adjourns

On October 15, the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned a special session after passing the Hurricane Florence Emergency Response Act to establish a fund to provide relief and assistance from the effects of Hurricane Florence. The Act also granted funds […]

On October 15, the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned a special session after passing the Hurricane Florence Emergency Response Act to establish a fund to provide relief and assistance from the effects of Hurricane Florence.

The Act also granted funds to the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement to educate the public about voting in the November 2018 election, specifically in counties designated under the disaster declaration by the president.

An October 16 ruling by the Wake County Superior Court found the legislative provisions creating the Bipartisan Board unconstitutional. The court, however, stayed the injunction concerning the activity of the Bipartisan Board until after the November election.

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October 22, 2018 •

Special Sessions Scheduled for U.S. Virgin Islands

Lawmakers scheduled a special session for Wednesday, October 24. The special session is regarding an initiative seeking to split the territory into five districts on the November ballot. The Legislature must either accept, reject, or propose an alternative by October […]

Lawmakers scheduled a special session for Wednesday, October 24. The special session is regarding an initiative seeking to split the territory into five districts on the November ballot.

The Legislature must either accept, reject, or propose an alternative by October 31 for the measure to be included in the general election or a special election must be held within 90 days.

Gov. Kenneth Mapp also called a special session for Friday, October 26 to consider a proposal for free college tuition.

The proposal would provide $3 million from the Internal Revenue Matching Fund and pay tuition for students at the University of the Virgin Islands starting the fall of 2019.

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October 22, 2018 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Kentucky: “Kentucky AG Defends Campaign Finance Reform in Sixth Circuit” by Kevin Koeninger for Courthouse News Service National: “How a Billionaire from Another State Could Influence Your Elections” by Liz Essley Whyte for Center for Public Integrity Ethics […]

Campaign Finance

Kentucky: “Kentucky AG Defends Campaign Finance Reform in Sixth Circuit” by Kevin Koeninger for Courthouse News Service

National: “How a Billionaire from Another State Could Influence Your Elections” by Liz Essley Whyte for Center for Public Integrity

Ethics

Federal: “Interior Secretary Zinke’s Approach to Wife’s Travels Raised Red Flags, Report Finds” by Juliet Eilperin, Lisa Rein, and Josh Dawsey for Washington Post

Florida: “Andrew Gillum, a Florida Insider Running as a Progressive Outsider” by Matt Flegenheimer and Patricia Mazzei for New York Times

Washington: “No Swamp Here: Washington tops all states in anti-corruption ranking” by Kellen Browning (McClatchy DC) for Bellingham Herald

Lobbying

Alaska: “State Regulators to Alaska Lobbyist: Stop helping candidates raise money” by Nathaniel Hertz for Alaska Public Media

Federal: “Saudi Lobbying in the U.S. Has Tripled Since Trump Took Office” by Alana Abramson for Time

Hawaii: “Why Are City Lawmakers Involved in This Lobbyist’s Backyard Tiff?” by Natanya Friedheim for Honolulu Civil Beat

New Hampshire: “N.H. Legislators Look to Lobbyists for Reliable Source of Re-Election Cash” by Casey McDermott for New Hampshire Public Radio

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October 18, 2018 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Elections “The Legislature Made Unconstitutional Changes to the NC Elections Board, Judges Rule” by Will Doran for Raleigh News And Observer Ethics “FBI Official Accepted Free Tickets to Sporting Event from Reporter, Inspector General Says” by Matt Zapotosky and Devlin […]

Elections

The Legislature Made Unconstitutional Changes to the NC Elections Board, Judges Rule” by Will Doran for Raleigh News And Observer

Ethics

FBI Official Accepted Free Tickets to Sporting Event from Reporter, Inspector General Says” by Matt Zapotosky and Devlin Barrett for Washington Post

HUD Appointee Abruptly Moved to Lead Interior Dept.’s Watchdog Unit Amid Zinke Probe” by Lisa Rein, Robert O’Harrow Jr., and Juliet Eilperin for Washington Post

Alaska Lieutenant Governor Resigns Over Comments as Election Day Nears” by Becky Bohrer (Associated Press) for USA Today

L.A. City Employee Is Fined More Than $16,000 for Dodging Parking Fees” by Emily Alpert Reyes for Los Angeles Times

New York Attorney General Expands Inquiry into Net Neutrality Comments” by Nicholas Confessore (New York Times) for WRAL

Energy Company Executive Draws 14-Month Sentence” by Casey Seiler for Albany Times Union

Legislative Issues

W.Va. Senate Postpones Acting on Impeachment Trial Ruling” by Associated Press  for WTOP

Lobbying

Law Dictates That Lobbyists Disclose Expenses” by Jessica Holdman for Bismarck Tribune

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