May 31, 2018 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance California: “That Political Mailer on Your Kitchen Counter Isn’t What It Seems” by Taryn Luna for Sacramento Bee Massachusetts: “There’s a Bill That Would Rein in Charlie Baker’s Fundraising, but Democrats Aren’t Touching It” by Frank Phillips for […]

Campaign Finance

California: “That Political Mailer on Your Kitchen Counter Isn’t What It Seems” by Taryn Luna for Sacramento Bee

Massachusetts: “There’s a Bill That Would Rein in Charlie Baker’s Fundraising, but Democrats Aren’t Touching It” by Frank Phillips for Boston Globe

New Jersey: “Mayor’s Ex-Treasurer Helped Run Big Campaign. Now He’s Facing Jail Time.” by Thomas Moriarty and Karen Yi (NJ Advance Media) for Newark Star-Ledger

Elections

National: “Richard Painter Makes Unlikely Senate Bid in Minnesota” by Ben Kamisar for The Hill

Ethics

National: “‘Spygate’ Spotlights Trump’s Use of Conspiracy Theories to Erode Trust” by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Maggie Haberman (*New York Times) for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

National: “Concerned by Trump, Some Republicans Quietly Align with Democrats” by Kenneth Vogel for New York Times

National: “Trump Asked Sessions to Retain Control of Russia Inquiry After His Recusal” by Michael Schmidt and Julie Hirschfeld Davis (New York Times) for MSN

Missouri: “Greitens Offered to Resign as Part of Deal to Dismiss Computer-Tampering Charge” by Lindsay Wise and Joseph Bustos for Kansas City Star

Legislative Issues

Ohio: “Key Laws, Residents Vexed When Legislative Leaders Resign” by Julie Carr Smyth (Associated Press) for Morning Journal

Lobbying

Nova Scotia, Canada: “Chrétien Ignores Lobbyist Registrar’s Inquiry on Meeting with N.S. Premier” by Michael Tutton (Canadian Press) for CBC News

Procurement

Massachusetts: “Baker Adviser Helped Energy Firms Land Big Mass. Contracts” by Joshua Miller and Jon Chesto for Boston Globe

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May 30, 2018 •

Missouri Governor Announces Resignation

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has announced his resignation amid potential impeachment proceedings. Greitens was indicted in February on a felony invasion of privacy charge stemming from an affair; he was charged with another felony in April related to the improper […]

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has announced his resignation amid potential impeachment proceedings. Greitens was indicted in February on a felony invasion of privacy charge stemming from an affair; he was charged with another felony in April related to the improper use of a nonprofit donor list to raise money for his 2016 political campaign. After he refused to step down, the Missouri Legislature convened a special session this month to consider possible impeachment proceedings.

Though he admitted to the affair, Greitens has consistently denied any criminal misconduct. His resignation is effective Friday, June 1.

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May 30, 2018 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Federal Election Commission Can’t Decide If Russian Interference Violated Law” by Peter Overby for WAMU National: “Invitations Offer Wealthy Chinese Access to President Trump at Fundraiser” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Anu Narayanswamy, Emily Rauhala, and Simon […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Federal Election Commission Can’t Decide If Russian Interference Violated Law” by Peter Overby for WAMU

National: “Invitations Offer Wealthy Chinese Access to President Trump at Fundraiser” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Anu Narayanswamy, Emily Rauhala, and Simon Denyer (Washington Post) for San Antonio Express-News

California: “Chairwoman of California’s State Campaign Watchdog Agency Resigns Amid Power Struggle” by Patrick McGreevy for Los Angeles Times

Ethics

National: “Ivanka Trump Wins China Trademarks, Then Her Father Vows to Save ZTE” by Sui-Lee Weefor New York Times

National: “Garret to Quit Congress Amid Servant Scandal, Alcoholism” by Alex Isenstadt and John Bresnahan for Politico

Arizona: “Ex-Arizona Regulator Charged with Bribery Heads to Trial” by The Associated Press for KNAU

Missouri: “Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Resigns, Ending Political Career Once Aimed at Presidency” by Jason Hancock and Bryan Lowry for Kansas City Star

Oklahoma: “Ethics Budget Dispute Continues with Senate Email Request” by Dale Denwat for The Oklahoman

Lobbying

National: “Former Drug Industry Lobbyist Helps Steer Trump Drug Plan” by David Pittman for Politico

Wisconsin: “Wisconsin Lawmakers Got $164,000 in Travel and Perks Last Year from Outside Groups” by Keegan Kyle and Patrick Marley for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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May 29, 2018 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Who’s Behind Those Political Ads on Facebook? Now, You Can Find Out.” By Tony Romm (Washington Post) for San Antonio Express-News Ethics National: “Trump’s Lawyer and Chief of Staff Appear at Briefings on F.B.I.’s Russia Informant” by […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Who’s Behind Those Political Ads on Facebook? Now, You Can Find Out.” By Tony Romm (Washington Post) for San Antonio Express-News

Ethics

National: “Trump’s Lawyer and Chief of Staff Appear at Briefings on F.B.I.’s Russia Informant” by Nicholas Fandos and Katie Brenner (New York Times) for WRAL

National: “Ex-Aides Say Congressman and Wife Made Them His Servants” by Rachel Bade, Alex Isenstadt, and Kyle Cheney for Politico

Illinois: “Lawmaker Charging Retaliation Wants Complaint System Changes” by John O’Connor (Associated Press) for Virginian-Pilot

Michigan: “Feds: Ex-Detroit airport manager took bribes, ate evidence to cover up crime” by Tresa Baldas for Detroit Free Press

North Carolina: “She’s Charged with Stealing $926,000, but Gets a $89K Pension. A Bill May Change That” by Will Doran and Paul Specht for Raleigh News and Observer

Lobbying

National: “Why a Storied Lobbying Firm Gambled on Michael Cohen” by Theodoric Meyer for Politico

Ohio: “Payday Lenders Say Ex-Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger Threatened Them, Delayed Bill” by Jackie Borchardt for Cleveland Plain Dealer

Texas: “Farenthold to Keep $160K Job after Calhoun Port Board Deadlocks” by Jon Wilcox  for Victoria Advocate

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May 25, 2018 •

NYCU Video Digest – May 25, 2018

Cryptocurrency contributions, campaign disclosure changes, and tax breaks for small business all in this weeks quick News You Can Use Video Digest.

Cryptocurrency contributions, campaign disclosure changes, and tax breaks for small business all in this weeks quick News You Can Use Video Digest.

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May 25, 2018 •

Lobbying Disclosure and Congressional Revolving Door Bills Introduced

Legislation affecting lobbying was introduced this week in both the Senate and House. Senate Bill 2896 would require lobbyists to disclose any conviction for bribery, extortion, embezzlement, illegal kickbacks, tax evasion, fraud, conflicts of interest, making false statements, perjury, or […]

Legislation affecting lobbying was introduced this week in both the Senate and House.

Senate Bill 2896 would require lobbyists to disclose any conviction for bribery, extortion, embezzlement, illegal kickbacks, tax evasion, fraud, conflicts of interest, making false statements, perjury, or money laundering.

A rather ambitious House bill aimed at restoring trust in Congress would impose a lifetime ban on lobbying for members.

House Bill 5946 would also prohibit members of Congress from being paid if Congress has not approved a budget on a timely basis; eliminate automatic pay adjustments; prohibit first-class airline accommodations; and prohibit House consideration of measures lacking demonstrable bipartisan support.

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May 24, 2018 •

Court Upholds Montana’s Dark Money Disclosure Laws

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Montana’s campaign spending disclosure laws this week. The three-judge panel ruled the law is not unconstitutionally vague and requiring groups spending money on electioneering communications to report their donors is proper. The […]

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Montana’s campaign spending disclosure laws this week.

The three-judge panel ruled the law is not unconstitutionally vague and requiring groups spending money on electioneering communications to report their donors is proper.

The law, proposed by Gov. Steve Bullock and passed by the Legislature in 2015, still has wide bipartisan support.

Montanans for Community Development, the group challenging the disclosure laws, asserted the requirements were vague and overly broad, giving too much enforcement discretion to the commissioner of political practices. They also argued being required to file electronic campaign reports may be unconstitutional, a point the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals called absurd.

The current commissioner, Jeff Mangan, said he and his office are pleased with the ruling.

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May 24, 2018 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Elections Alabama: “Competition Sparse in Many Alabama Legislative Districts” by Mike Cason for AL.com Georgia: “Stacey Abrams Wins Georgia Democratic Primary for Governor, Making History” by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns (New York Times) for MSN Ethics National: “Senate Anti-Harassment […]

Elections

Alabama: “Competition Sparse in Many Alabama Legislative Districts” by Mike Cason for AL.com

Georgia: “Stacey Abrams Wins Georgia Democratic Primary for Governor, Making History” by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns (New York Times) for MSN

Ethics

National: “Senate Anti-Harassment Bill Could See Fast Action” by Katherine Tull-McManus for Roll Call

National: “Michael Cohen’s Business Partner Agrees to Cooperate as Part of Plea Deal” by Danny Hakim, William Rashbaum, and Vivian Wang for MSN

Massachusetts: “Galvin Disciplines Employees for Performing Political Tasks on Government Time” by Matt Stout for Boston Globe

Ohio: “Cincinnati Councilman Jeff Pastor’s Campaign: Unusual donations, loans, gifts to churches” by Sharon Coolidge for Cincinnati Enquirer

Texas: “Democratic State Rep. Ron Reynolds Likely Headed to Jail after Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Refuses to Review His Case” by Jolie McCullough for Texas Tribune

Lobbying

National: “Lobbying Firm Shuttered, but Tony Podesta’s Fate in Mueller Probe Still a Mystery” by Trish Turner for ABC News

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May 23, 2018 •

Third Request for FEC to Consider Rulemaking Concerning Foreign Interference in Elections

At the May 24 meeting of the Federal Election Commission, Vice Chair Ellen L. Weintraub resubmitted proposals for the commission to reconsider concerning whether to engage in a rulemaking to protect future U.S. elections from foreign interference. As stated in […]

At the May 24 meeting of the Federal Election Commission, Vice Chair Ellen L. Weintraub resubmitted proposals for the commission to reconsider concerning whether to engage in a rulemaking to protect future U.S. elections from foreign interference.

As stated in her May 17 memorandum to the commission, the proposals were initially brought in both September 2016 and June 2017. The impetus for her new request was a bipartisan joint statement released by Senators Richard Burr and Mark Warner, in which they both call for better efforts to combat foreign interference in federal elections.

This request to be considered at the commission’s meeting can be found here.

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May 23, 2018 •

Vermont Lawmakers Reconvene for Special Session

Lawmakers reconvene today in Montpelier for a special session called by Gov. Phil Scott. The focus of the special session will be on the state budget and property tax bills passed by the General Assembly during the regular session. Gov. […]

Lawmakers reconvene today in Montpelier for a special session called by Gov. Phil Scott.

The focus of the special session will be on the state budget and property tax bills passed by the General Assembly during the regular session.

Gov. Scott has signaled to the Legislature his plan to veto both bills in their present form.

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May 23, 2018 •

West Virginia Legislature Adjourns Special Legislative Session

The West Virginia Legislature adjourned a two-day special legislative session on May  21, 2018. Lawmakers passed eight bills, including a bill creating the Department of Arts, Culture, and History. Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill in March eliminating the Department […]

The West Virginia Legislature adjourned a two-day special legislative session on May  21, 2018.

Lawmakers passed eight bills, including a bill creating the Department of Arts, Culture, and History.

Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill in March eliminating the Department of Education and the Arts.

Under the new bill, the commissioner of culture and history will become the curator of arts, culture, and history and report directly to the governor.

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May 23, 2018 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Florida: “Florida’s Porous Campaign Finance Laws: ‘You can do almost anything’” by Gary Fineout (Associated Press) for Tampa Bay Times Oregon: “Legislative Typo Threatens to Undermine Clean Elections Campaigns” by Kevin Miller (Portland Press Herald) for Lewiston Sun […]

Campaign Finance

Florida: “Florida’s Porous Campaign Finance Laws: ‘You can do almost anything’” by Gary Fineout (Associated Press) for Tampa Bay Times

Oregon: “Legislative Typo Threatens to Undermine Clean Elections Campaigns” by Kevin Miller (Portland Press Herald) for Lewiston Sun Journal

Nevada: “Sen. Dean Heller Paid Son at Least $52,500 in Campaign Cash for Social Media Consulting” by James DeHaven for Reno Gazette Journal

Ethics

Colorado: “Denver Airport Provided $400,000 in Travel to City Officials for 4 Years” by Ben Marcus (Colorado Public Radio) for Denver Post

New York: “N.Y. Developer Pleads Guilty Ahead of ‘Buffalo Billion’ Corruption Trial” by Brendan Pierson for Reuters

Texas: “Disgraced Ex-Rep. Blake Farenthold Illegally Hired to New Lobbying Job, Lawsuit Claims” by William Cummings for USA Today

Lobbying

National: “Professor Convicted of Vandalizing NRA Lobbyist’s Home with Fake Blood” by Rachel Weiner (Washington Post) for Syracuse Post-Standard

National: “Washington Lobbyists Put on Notice Over Foreign Agent Law” by Chad Day and Eric Tucker for Associated Press

National: “The Princes, the President and the Fortune Seekers” by Desmond Butler and Tom LoBianco (Associated Press) for Seattle Times

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May 22, 2018 •

Oregon Legislature Adjourns One-day Special Session

The Oregon Legislature adjourned a one-day special session on May 21, 2018. The special session was called by Gov. Kate Brown to address tax breaks for small businesses.  The tax plan passed 51-8 in the House and 18-12 in the […]

The Oregon Legislature adjourned a one-day special session on May 21, 2018.

The special session was called by Gov. Kate Brown to address tax breaks for small businesses.  The tax plan passed 51-8 in the House and 18-12 in the Senate.

Both votes included Democrats who broke from their party to vote against the measure.

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May 22, 2018 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Elections National: “Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met with Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election” by Mark Mazzetti, Ronen Bergman, and David Kilpatrick (New York Times) for MSN National: “Justice Department Calls for Inquiry after Trump Demands Probe into […]

Elections

National: “Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met with Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election” by Mark Mazzetti, Ronen Bergman, and David Kilpatrick (New York Times) for MSN

National: “Justice Department Calls for Inquiry after Trump Demands Probe into Whether FBI ‘Infiltrated or Surveilled’ His Campaign” by Matt Zapotosky, Robert Costa, and David Nakamura (Washington Post) for MSN

National: “Blankenship to Run Third-Party Senate Campaign after Losing GOP Primary” by Ben Kamisar for The Hill

Ethics

National: “#MeToo Leader, also a California Lawmaker, Disciplined for Sexual Harassment” by John Myers (Tribune News Service) for Governing

Missouri: “Now What? Greitens Special Session Underway as House Intensifies Investigation” by Jack Suntrup for St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tennessee: “Diane Black Took Flight on Private Plane Linked to Company That Benefited from Her Politicking” by Joel Ebert and Dave Boucher for The Tennessean

Lobbying

Louisiana: “New Orleans City Council to Investigate Entergy for Paying Actors to Lobby for Power Plant” by Beau Evans for New Orleans Times-Picayune

Missouri: “Missouri Lawmakers Can Keep Accepting Lobbyist Gifts After Failing to Pass Amendment” by Allison Kite and Jason Hancock for Kansas City Star

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