November 26, 2018 •

D.C. Council Approves Pay-to-Play Reforms

The Washington D.C. Council approved a bill in a first full council vote that aims to restrict political contributions by government contractors doing business with the district. The bill also addresses improper coordination between campaigns, political action committees and independent […]

The Washington D.C. Council approved a bill in a first full council vote that aims to restrict political contributions by government contractors doing business with the district.

The bill also addresses improper coordination between campaigns, political action committees and independent expenditure committees.

The pay-to- play component of the bill would ban campaign contributions by businesses seeking contracts of $250,000 or more.

The council votes again on the bill in December. If approved and funded, the bill would take effect on October 1, 2019.

Pay-to-play provisions would take effect after the November 2020 general election.

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November 26, 2018 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance New York: N.Y. Democrats Vowed to Get Big Money Out of Politics. Will Big Money Interfere?by Vivian Wang (New York Times) for WRAL Washington D.C.: D.C. Council Approves Sweeping Reforms to Combat ‘Pay-to-Play’ Politics by Peter Jamison for […]

Campaign Finance

New York: N.Y. Democrats Vowed to Get Big Money Out of Politics. Will Big Money Interfere?by Vivian Wang (New York Times) for WRAL

Washington D.C.: D.C. Council Approves Sweeping Reforms to Combat ‘Pay-to-Play’ Politics by Peter Jamison for The Washington Post

Ethics

National: Trump Wanted to Order Justice Dept. to Prosecute Comey and Clinton by Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman (New York Times) for MSN

National: Conservative Nonprofit with Obscure Roots, Undisclosed Funders Paid Whitaker $1.2 Million by Robert O’Harrow Jr., Shawn Boburg, and Aaron Davis (Washington Post) for The Seattle Times

Colorado: Hickenlooper Paid Own Way for Some Trips, Says He Followed Ethics Law on Others by David Migoya for The Denver Post

New York: New York State Judge Allows Suit Against Trump and His Personal Charity to Proceed by Jonathan O’Connell and David Fahrenthold (Washington Post) for The Chicago Tribune

Lobbying

Missouri: Parson Alters Lobbyist Gift Ban Rules Imposed by Greitens by Kurt Erickson for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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November 21, 2018 •

Missouri Gov. revises ethics order, brings back lobbyist ban

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed an executive order superseding an ethics policy implemented by his predecessor, former Gov. Eric Greitens. Greitens’ first act as governor in 2017 was to issue Executive Order 17-02, banning executive branch employees from accepting lobbyist gifts […]

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed an executive order superseding an ethics policy implemented by his predecessor, former Gov. Eric Greitens.

Greitens’ first act as governor in 2017 was to issue Executive Order 17-02, banning executive branch employees from accepting lobbyist gifts and prohibiting governor’s office personnel from lobbying the executive branch if they leave their jobs.

Parson’s Executive Order 18-10 now bans employees of the Office of the Governor from acting as an executive lobbyist until the end of the administration in which he or she served.

The order also alters what gifts executive branch employees are banned from accepting from lobbyists, opening the door for “educational” materials such as books and souvenirs valued at less than $10.

The executive order became effective as of November 20, 2018, when it was signed.

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November 21, 2018 •

Utah Special Session to be Held on December 3

The Utah Legislature will meet in a special session on December 3 to discuss the voter-approved medical marijuana ballot measure passed by a majority of voters this month. This week, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser said his fellow senators needed to […]

The Utah Legislature will meet in a special session on December 3 to discuss the voter-approved medical marijuana ballot measure passed by a majority of voters this month.

This week, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser said his fellow senators needed to attend the session and he could compel their presence if necessary.

Gov. Gary Herbert vowed to call a special session to discuss medical marijuana regardless of the outcome of the bill. Gov. Herbert has been working with legislators and the Mormon church to find a compromise and tweak legislation based on the passed measure.

A two-thirds majority vote is necessary to make the legislation effective.

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November 21, 2018 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Democrats Plan ‘Aggressive’ Oversight of Federal Election Commission” by Dave Levinthal and Ashley Balcerzak for Center for Public Integrity Louisiana: “Ethics Board: Campaign funds can’t cover candidates’ child care costs” by Elizabeth Crisp for New Orleans Advocate […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Democrats Plan ‘Aggressive’ Oversight of Federal Election Commission” by Dave Levinthal and Ashley Balcerzak for Center for Public Integrity

Louisiana: “Ethics Board: Campaign funds can’t cover candidates’ child care costs” by Elizabeth Crisp for New Orleans Advocate

Washington: “PDC Making More Progress on Case Work This Fiscal Year” by Sarah Gentzler for Washington State Wire

Elections

Mississippi: “In Mississippi, Issues of Race Complicate a Senate Election” by Astead Herndon and Alexander Burns (New York Times) for WRAL

Ethics

National: “CNN Drops Suit Against White House After Acosta’s Press Pass Is Fully Restored” by Paul Farhi and Meagan Flynn for Washington Post

National: “Zinke’s #2 Has So Many Potential Conflicts of Interest He Has to Carry a List of Them All” by Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post) for Everett Herald

National: “Cookie Ethics: Congresswoman-elect asks if she’s still allowed to sell Girl Scout cookies” by Nicole Gaudiano and Eliza Collins for USA Today

National: “Ivanka Trump Used a Personal Email Account to Send Hundreds of Emails About Government Business Last Year” by Carol Leonnig and Josh Dawsey (Washington Post) for MSN

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November 20, 2018 •

Duplicate Profiles in New York Lobbying Application

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics is aware there are duplicate profiles in the new lobbying reporting system. Duplicate profiles only impact those who utilized the old reporting system. If you are an existing filer attempting to claim your organization […]

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics is aware there are duplicate profiles in the new lobbying reporting system. Duplicate profiles only impact those who utilized the old reporting system.

If you are an existing filer attempting to claim your organization profile in the new system and notice duplicate profiles, JCOPE does not want another new organization profile to be created.

Instead, call the JCOPE helpdesk at (518) 474-3973 and speak with a Filings Specialist.

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November 20, 2018 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Golf Courses, Dallas Cowboys: Report questions how Congress spends campaign money” by Lesley Clark for McClatchy DC South Dakota: “Rich Relatives Are Unlimited Source of Campaign Cash in South Dakota” by Seth Tupper for Rapid City Journal […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Golf Courses, Dallas Cowboys: Report questions how Congress spends campaign money” by Lesley Clark for McClatchy DC

South Dakota: “Rich Relatives Are Unlimited Source of Campaign Cash in South Dakota” by Seth Tupper for Rapid City Journal

Elections

National: “In a Year of Political Logos, Campaigns of All Stripes Preferred Blue” by Chris Alcantara for Washington Post

Ethics

National: “‘Nothing on This Page Is Real’: How lies become truth in online America” by Eli Saslow (Washington Post) for St. Louis Post-Dispatch

National: “House Ethics Committee Sanctions Two Members Over Sexual Harassment Allegations” by Michael Brice-Saddler for Chicago Tribune

National: “Supreme Court Will Weigh Trump’s Plan to Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census” by Charles Savage for Los Angeles Times

National: “Senate Democrats Sue to Block Whitaker from Serving as Acting AG” by Cailtin Opresko for Politico

Connecticut: “State Ethics Board to Appeal Court Ruling in UConn Football Coach Randy Edsall’s Case” by Dave Altimeri for Hartford Courant

Kansas: “Leavenworth County Official: ‘Master race’ comment was misconstrued by public, media” by Katy Bergen for Kansas City Star

Oregon: “Former Oregon State Board Director Faces $20,000 Ethics Fine, but He’s Not Here” by Ben Botkin for Salem Statesman-Journal

Lobbying

Utah: “‘Killing Two Birds with One Stone’: Lobbyist, political news publisher and columnist asks for an interview and offers campaign cash in email to state senator” by Benjamin Wood for Salt Lake Tribune

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November 19, 2018 •

JCOPE’s New Lobbying Reporting System has Launched

The New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics has launched a new lobbyist reporting system. The Organization Profile section has gone live. All Organization Profiles from the previous system have been transferred to the new lobbying application and require an […]

The New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics has launched a new lobbyist reporting system. The Organization Profile section has gone live.

All Organization Profiles from the previous system have been transferred to the new lobbying application and require an update to ensure all the information is correct.

The Commission has created an informational page to help users navigate the new system.

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November 19, 2018 •

GA Adjourns Special Session

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned a special session on Saturday. Legislators approved two bills allocating $270 million for emergency relief and providing $200 million of tax incentives for areas affected by Hurricane Michael. Gov. Deal also signed a bill ratifying […]

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned a special session on Saturday.

Legislators approved two bills allocating $270 million for emergency relief and providing $200 million of tax incentives for areas affected by Hurricane Michael.

Gov. Deal also signed a bill ratifying an executive order suspending the collection of sales and use tax on jet fuel

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November 19, 2018 •

FPPC Approves Cost of Living Adjustments for Gift Limits

On November 15, the California Fair Political Practices Commission approved proposed regulations to make biennial cost of living adjustments to campaign contribution and gift limits that will apply from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020. The proposed regulations would […]

On November 15, the California Fair Political Practices Commission approved proposed regulations to make biennial cost of living adjustments to campaign contribution and gift limits that will apply from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020.

The proposed regulations would change the gift limit from $470 to $500 and make increases to campaign contribution limits for candidates.

Adjusted contribution limits for gubernatorial candidates would increase from $29,200 to $31,000.

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November 19, 2018 •

New Mexico Increases Contribution Limits

New Mexico law states on the day after each general election, campaign contribution limits increase in accordance with a formula based on the consumer price index. Starting November 7, the limits per election cycle are: From an individual (person or […]

New Mexico law states on the day after each general election, campaign contribution limits increase in accordance with a formula based on the consumer price index.

Starting November 7, the limits per election cycle are:

  • From an individual (person or entity): $2,600 to a non-statewide candidate; $5,700 to a statewide candidate; and $5,700 to a PAC.
  • From a PAC: $5,700 to a non-statewide candidate; $5,700 to a statewide candidate; and $5,700 to a PAC.

These limits do not apply to the candidate’s own personal contributions to the candidate’s campaign fund.

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November 19, 2018 •

GA Sets Special Election for House District 14

A special election was called for December 18 for House District 14. The seat is vacant after Rep. Christian Coomer withdrew from his re-election campaign to accept an appointment to the Georgia Court of Appeals. A runoff is scheduled for […]

A special election was called for December 18 for House District 14.

The seat is vacant after Rep. Christian Coomer withdrew from his re-election campaign to accept an appointment to the Georgia Court of Appeals.

A runoff is scheduled for January 15, if necessary.

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November 19, 2018 •

Report Issued on FEC’s Management and Performance Challenges

On November 15, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the OIG’s Statement on the FEC’s Management and Performance Challenges for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018. An independent audit of the FEC was performed […]

On November 15, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the OIG’s Statement on the FEC’s Management and Performance Challenges for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018.

An independent audit of the FEC was performed by Leon Snead & Company, P.C. under contract with, and monitored by, the OIG.

The report identifies “a significant deficiency in internal controls related to IT security and contains recommendations to address the deficiencies noted.” The audit “disclosed no instance of noncompliance that is required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards and the OMB audit bulletin.”

The auditing firm also believes corrective action is required “related to control issues dealing with reconciling trading partner transactions.”

Additionally, the audit also attributed low employee morale at the FEC to factors including the commissioners themselves and the commission’s communication.

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November 19, 2018 •

Toledo to hold Special Election for County Jail

The city of Toledo will hold a special election to maintain a jail in Lucas County. The ballot initiative to keep the Lucas County jail in downtown Toledo will appear before voters in a special election on February 26, 2019. […]

The city of Toledo will hold a special election to maintain a jail in Lucas County.

The ballot initiative to keep the Lucas County jail in downtown Toledo will appear before voters in a special election on February 26, 2019.

The City Council unanimously voted in favor to place the issue of a proposed jail on the ballot.

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