July 15, 2019 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Arizona: “Utility Panel OKs New Limits on Campaign Contributions to Commission Candidates” by Howard Fischer (Capitol News Services) for Arizona Daily Star California: “California Lawmakers Consider New Rules for Political Ads” by Andrew Oxford for AP News Washington: […]

Campaign Finance

Arizona: “Utility Panel OKs New Limits on Campaign Contributions to Commission Candidates” by Howard Fischer (Capitol News Services) for Arizona Daily Star

California: “California Lawmakers Consider New Rules for Political Ads” by Andrew Oxford for AP News

Washington: “In Win for Public Campaign Financing, State Supreme Court Upholds Seattle’s Unique ‘Democracy Vouchers’” by Daniel Beekman (Seattle Times) for Governing

Elections

National: “To Unlock the Youth Vote in 2020, Democrats Wage Legal Fights Against GOP-Backed Voting Restrictions” by Amy Gardner (Washington Post) for Northwest Herald

Ethics

National: “Trump Tells Freshman Congresswomen to ‘Go Back’ to the Countries They Came From” by Katie Rogers and Nicholas Fandos (New York Times) for MSN

National: “Alex Acosta Resigns as Labor Secretary Amid Intense Scrutiny of His Handling of Jeffrey Epstein Case” by David Nakamura, John Wagner, Ashley Parker, and Josh Dawsey (Washington Post) for MSN

National: “Trump Says He Will Seek Citizenship Information from Existing Federal Records, Not the Census” by Katie Rogers, Adam Liptak, Michael Crowley, and Michael Wines (New York Times) for MSN

Lobbying

West Virginia: “A Resolution Condemning Pipeline Challengers Passed Easily. A Pipeline Lobbyist Wrote It.” by Kate Mishkin (Charleston Gazette-Mail) for ProPublica

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July 12, 2019 •

FEC Advisory Opinions: Blockchain Tokens, T-Shirts, & Cybersecurity

On July 11, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) issued three Advisory Opinions addressing diverse campaign finance issues. In Advisory Opinion 2019-08, the FEC found a campaign committee was free to distribute digital blockchain tokens, having no monetary values, to volunteers […]

On July 11, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) issued three Advisory Opinions addressing diverse campaign finance issues.

In Advisory Opinion 2019-08, the FEC found a campaign committee was free to distribute digital blockchain tokens, having no monetary values, to volunteers and supporters as incentives for those individual to participate in campaign activities. The Commission concluded the tokens do not constitute compensation, but rather are “materially indistinguishable” from traditional forms of campaign souvenirs.

In Advisory Opinion 2019-09, the FEC determined a nonconnected political committee may sell t-shirts bearing the facial likenesses and names of certain candidates because the committee intends on treating the entire purchase price of the t-shirts as contributions falling under regular campaign finance reporting requirements and contribution limits.

In the third decision issued, Advisory Opinion 2019-12, the FEC said it is permissible for a corporation to offer cybersecurity services to federal candidates and political committees under a “low to no cost” pricing tier that the corporation offers to all qualified non-political customers in the ordinary course of business. The FEC concluded the proposal would not be considered an in-kind contribution.

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July 11, 2019 •

New York JCOPE Launches Online Client Reporting

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On July 11, the New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics launched the ability to file client semi-annual reports and source of funding information through the online Lobbying Application for the 2019-2020 reporting period. JCOPE has granted an extension to […]

On July 11, the New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics launched the ability to file client semi-annual reports and source of funding information through the online Lobbying Application for the 2019-2020 reporting period.

JCOPE has granted an extension to all clients to file the client reports until July 31.

The extension only applies to semiannual reports and source of funding disclosures; lobbyist bimonthly reports are still due on July 15.

JCOPE has also produced a guideline “How to Properly Disclose Lobbying Activities” on their website to assist proper disclosure.

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July 11, 2019 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Trump Campaign Knew Consultant Was Behind Joe Biden Parody Site. Does That Make It a Campaign Finance Violation” by Asher Stockler for Newsweek National: “GOP at War Over Fundraising” by Alex Isenstadt for Politico California: “Insurance Commissioner […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Trump Campaign Knew Consultant Was Behind Joe Biden Parody Site. Does That Make It a Campaign Finance Violation” by Asher Stockler for Newsweek

National: “GOP at War Over Fundraising” by Alex Isenstadt for Politico

California: “Insurance Commissioner Will Return Funds from Companies with Ties to Industry He Regulates” by Jeff McDonald for San Diego Union-Tribune

Maine: “New Group Uses Exploited Advocacy Rules to ‘Educate’ Mainers About Sen. Collins” by Steve Mistler for Maine Public Radio

Ethics

National: “Study: Firm governance key as shareholders assess risk of political activity” by   for Phys.org; Staff

National: “Appeals Court Tosses Emoluments Suit Against Trump” by Jpsh Gerstein for Politico

National: “Federal Judge Rejects Trump Administration’s Bid to Swap Out Lawyers for Census Case on Citizenship Question” by Matt Zapotosky, Seung Min Kim, and Tara Bahrampour (Washington Post) for Duluth News Tribune

Missouri: “Former Sen. Hutchinson Pleads Guilty to Bribery in Missouri Federal Court” by Wesley Brown for talkbusiness.net

Lobbying

National: “In the Aftermath of Khashoggi’s Murder, Saudi Influence Machine Whirs on in Washington” by Beth Reinhard, Jonathan O’Connell, and Tom Hamburger (Washington Post) for Stamford Advocate

California: “California Bill Limits Spending by Local Government Groups” by Kathleen Ronayne for AP News

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July 10, 2019 •

Three Finalists Chosen for Vacant State House of Representative Seat

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The Oregon Republican Party has nominated Becky Mitts, Raquel Moore-Green, and Brad Nanke as the three finalists to replace Denyc Boles as state representative for District 19. Boles resigned from the District 19 seat on June 28 after being appointed […]

The Oregon Republican Party has nominated Becky Mitts, Raquel Moore-Green, and Brad Nanke as the three finalists to replace Denyc Boles as state representative for District 19.

Boles resigned from the District 19 seat on June 28 after being appointed to replace the late Jackie Winters as state senator for District 10.

The Marion County commissioners plan to make a selection on July 23.

However, the commissioners have 10 days after the names are filed with the secretary of state to make a decision.

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July 10, 2019 •

Colorado to Host Campaign Finance Rulemaking Hearing

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The Secretary of State will host a rulemaking hearing on July 24 concerning the Colorado Campaign and Political Finance Rules. The revised draft of 8 C.C.R. §1505-6 is available at 20190709_CPF_RevStmBasis.pdf. A recording of the hearing will be posted and […]

The Secretary of State will host a rulemaking hearing on July 24 concerning the Colorado Campaign and Political Finance Rules.

The revised draft of 8 C.C.R. §1505-6 is available at 20190709_CPF_RevStmBasis.pdf.

A recording of the hearing will be posted and available on the Secretary of State’s website.

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July 10, 2019 •

Georgia Governor Announces Special Election for House District 71

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Gov. Brian Kemp announced a special election to fill the vacancy in House District 71 on September 3. The seat was vacated by the resignation of Rep. David Stover on June 25. Rep. Stover was facing an ethics complaint regarding […]

Gov. Brian Kemp announced a special election to fill the vacancy in House District 71 on September 3.

The seat was vacated by the resignation of Rep. David Stover on June 25.

Rep. Stover was facing an ethics complaint regarding his residency and resigned to spend more time with his wife in the United Kingdom.

The winner of the special election will complete Stover’s term until 2020.

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July 10, 2019 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Rep. Duncan Hunter’s ‘Deep State’ Defense Falls Apart” by Emily Kopp for Roll Call New York: “Cautious Optimism Among Reformers After State Public Campaign Financing Commission Named” by Ethan Geringer-Sameth for Gotham Gazette Elections National: “‘It Can’t […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Rep. Duncan Hunter’s ‘Deep State’ Defense Falls Apart” by Emily Kopp for Roll Call

New York: “Cautious Optimism Among Reformers After State Public Campaign Financing Commission Named” by Ethan Geringer-Sameth for Gotham Gazette

Elections

National: “‘It Can’t Be Worse’: How Republican women are trying to rebuild” by Maggie Astor for New York Times

National: “Elizabeth Warren Shuns Conventional Wisdom for a New Kind of Campaign” by Alex Thompson for Politico

Ethics

National: “President Trump Cannot Block His Critics on Twitter, Federal Appeals Court Rules” by Ann Marimow for Washington Post

Missouri: “Former Missouri Gov. Greitens’ Use of Confide Didn’t Violate Sunshine Law, Judge Says” by Jason Hancock for Kansas City Star

North Dakota: “North Dakota House Energy Committee Chairman Says Business Relationship with Lobbyist Unrelated to Legislative Work” by John Hageman for Grand Forks Herald

Lobbying

National: “Female Tech Lobbyists Shake Up Industry” by Alex Gangitano for The Hill

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July 9, 2019 •

Virginia Special Session Adjourns Until After November Elections

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The Virginia General Assembly convened and adjourned a special session. The session was called to consider stricter gun legislation in response to the Virginia Beach shootings on May 31. For the special session, Gov. Northam proposed eight bills. The Governors […]

The Virginia General Assembly convened and adjourned a special session.

The session was called to consider stricter gun legislation in response to the Virginia Beach shootings on May 31.

For the special session, Gov. Northam proposed eight bills.

The Governors bills included background checks on all firearm sales, a ban on dangerous weapons, and allowing only one handgun purchase a month.

Assembly leaders referred all of the governor’s bills to the state Crime Commission for a full review.

The General Assembly will reconvene November 18 to vote on the proposed bills.

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July 9, 2019 •

Alaska Legislature Convenes Second Special Session in Two Cities

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The state Senate kicked off the second special session in Juneau and promptly removed Sen. Mia Costello as the majority leader. Costello was in Wasilla with nearly a third of her fellow lawmakers. Gov. Mike Dunleavy called for the second […]

The state Senate kicked off the second special session in Juneau and promptly removed Sen. Mia Costello as the majority leader.

Costello was in Wasilla with nearly a third of her fellow lawmakers.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy called for the second special session to be held in Wasilla on July 8.

The session ended quickly because there was no majority to conduct business.

House minority leader Lance Pruitt stated the members would remain in Wasilla and wait for the legislators in Juneau to attend.

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July 9, 2019 •

Maine Gov. Signs Bill Limiting Lobbyist Contributions

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Gov. Janet Mills signed legislation on July 3 to limit the influence of lobbyists by expanding the prohibition on accepting political contributions. Current law prohibits a lobbyist, lobbyist associate or employer from contributing to the governor, members of the Legislature, […]

Gov. Janet Mills signed legislation on July 3 to limit the influence of lobbyists by expanding the prohibition on accepting political contributions.

Current law prohibits a lobbyist, lobbyist associate or employer from contributing to the governor, members of the Legislature, constitutional officers, or their staff or agents while the Legislature is convened in session.

Legislative Document 54 extends application of that prohibition year-round, regardless of whether the Legislature is in session.

The bill will take effect on September 19, 2019.

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July 9, 2019 •

California Legislature Passes Expenditure Bill

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On July 8, Gov. Gavin Newsom was presented with a bill clarifying language related to preelection statements and income from gifts and business entities. Assembly Bill 903 requires preelection statements to disclose contributions and independent expenditures made to a state, […]

On July 8, Gov. Gavin Newsom was presented with a bill clarifying language related to preelection statements and income from gifts and business entities.

Assembly Bill 903 requires preelection statements to disclose contributions and independent expenditures made to a state, county, or city general purpose committee or made to support or oppose a candidate or measure appearing on the ballot at a specified election.

The specified election will be the next election for certain state or county general purpose committees and elected state officers or candidates for elective state office.

The bill also amends the definition of expenditure to include communications paid for with public moneys by a state or local government agency.

If signed by the governor, the bill takes effect on January 1, 2020.

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July 9, 2019 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Political Fundraising App Wants to Make Donations a Social Experience” by Sara Swann for Fulcrom Colorado: “Campaign Finance Laws Have More Bite for Enforcement” by Charles Ashby for Grand Junction Sentinel Ethics National: “AP: Federal grand jury […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Political Fundraising App Wants to Make Donations a Social Experience” by Sara Swann for Fulcrom

Colorado: “Campaign Finance Laws Have More Bite for Enforcement” by Charles Ashby for Grand Junction Sentinel

Ethics

National: “AP: Federal grand jury probing GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy” by Jim Mustian and Desmond Butler for AP News

National: “Why the Trump White House Is Caught Up in the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal” by Vivian Wang (New York Times) for MSN

Georgia: “‘Drag This Out as Long as Possible’: Former official faces rare criminal charges under open-records law” by Richard Fausset for New York Times

New York: “Cuomo Signs a Bill to Allow Release of Trump’s State Tax Returns” by Jesse McKinley for New York Times

Lobbying

National: “2020 Democrats Vow to Get Tough on Lobbyists” by Alex Gangitano for The Hill

Florida: “Florida, the Sunshine State, Is Slow to Adopt Rooftop Solar Power” by Ivan Penn for New York Times

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July 8, 2019 •

Hawaii Lawmakers Won’t Convene a Special Session to Override Gov.’s Vetoes

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Leaders in the state Senate and House of Representatives announced on July 5 that lawmakers will not attempt to override any vetoes issued by Gov. David Ige. House Speaker Scott Sakiki said the Legislature would not convene an override session […]

Leaders in the state Senate and House of Representatives announced on July 5 that lawmakers will not attempt to override any vetoes issued by Gov. David Ige.

House Speaker Scott Sakiki said the Legislature would not convene an override session due to a lack of consensus between the Senate and the House.

Gov. Ige has identified 20 bills that he intends to veto of the 303 passed by lawmakers this year.

Ige has until Tuesday, July 9 to make his final decision on issuing vetoes.

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