August 6, 2020 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “FEC Says Convicted Utah Businessman Made Illegal Campaign Contributions to Mike Lee, Harry Reid” by Dennis Romboy for KSL California: “Campaign Contribution Limit Set for Fresno County Races at $30K” by David Taub for gvwire.com Michigan: “Ex-Chamber […]

Campaign Finance

National: “FEC Says Convicted Utah Businessman Made Illegal Campaign Contributions to Mike Lee, Harry Reid” by Dennis Romboy for KSL

California: “Campaign Contribution Limit Set for Fresno County Races at $30K” by David Taub for gvwire.com

Michigan: “Ex-Chamber Attorney Challenges Mystery Funding of Campaign to Limit Whitmer’s Power” by Craig Mauger for Detroit News

Ohio: “Secretary of State Frank LaRose Backing Bipartisan Legislative Push Cracking Down on ‘Dark Money’ in Ohio Following Corruption Scandal” by Andrew Tobias for Cleveland Plain Dealer

Elections

National: “Kobach and Clay Go Down: Takeaways from a big primary night” by Steven Shepard for Politico

National: “Republicans Consider South Lawn of the White House for Donald Trump’s Convention Speech” by Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey for Washington Post

Nevada: “Trump Campaign Sues Nevada Over Mail-In Election Bill” by Rory Appelton for Las Vegas Review-Journal

Ethics

National: “Facebook’s Fact Checkers Have Ruled Claims in Trump Ads Are False – But No One Is Telling Facebook’s Users” by Craig Timberg and Andrew Ba Tran for Washington Post

National: “Demeaned, Overlooked, Fighting Back: What it’s like to be a woman in Congress” by Kathryn Lyons for Roll Call

Illinois: “ComEd Pleads Not Guilty in Federal Bribery Case; Prosecution to Be Deferred for Three Years” by Megan Crispeau and Jason Meisner for Chicago Tribune

Lobbying

Oregon: “How a Public Institute in Oregon Became a De Facto Lobbying Arm of the Timber Industry” by Rob Davis (Portland Oregonian) and Tony Schick (OPB) for ProPublica

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August 5, 2020 •

Idaho Governor to Call Special Session Amid Pandemic

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Gov. Brad Little stated Wednesday he will call the part-time Legislature back into a special session during the week of August 24 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The special session could include how to conduct the November general election amid […]

Gov. Brad Little stated Wednesday he will call the part-time Legislature back into a special session during the week of August 24 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The special session could include how to conduct the November general election amid the pandemic.

Also a topic of discussion is legislation creating a liability shield for protection against lawsuits during declared emergencies such as the pandemic.

How a special session would work during the pandemic and how much it would cost is unclear.

Lawmakers would have to be in the Statehouse in Boise for their votes to count.

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August 5, 2020 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Michigan: “Michigan Senator Sponsors Bills to Help Pawn Shops, Which Support His Campaigns” by Paul Egan for Detroit Free Press Minnesota: “New Appointments Relieve Minnesota Campaign Finance Board Hamstrung by Vacancies” by Torey Van Oot for Minneapolis Star […]

Campaign Finance

Michigan: “Michigan Senator Sponsors Bills to Help Pawn Shops, Which Support His Campaigns” by Paul Egan for Detroit Free Press

Minnesota: “New Appointments Relieve Minnesota Campaign Finance Board Hamstrung by Vacancies” by Torey Van Oot for Minneapolis Star Tribune

Missouri: “Parson PAC Fined for Reporting Lapses Connected to Super Bowl, D.C. Trips” by Jack Suntrup for St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Ohio: “Coal Giant Murray Energy Is $100K Dark Money Donor ‘Company B’ in Federal Probe” by Jackie Borchardt (Cincinnati Enquirer) and Randy Ludlow (Columbus Dispatch) for MSN

Elections

National: “‘If Not Now, When?’: Black women seize political spotlight” by Claire Galofaro and Kat Stafford for Associated Press News

National: “As Trump Leans into Attacks on Mail Voting, GOP Officials Confront Signs of Republican Turnout Crisis” by Amy Gardner and Josh Dawsey for Washington Post

Ethics

National: “How the Trump Campaign Came to Court QAnon, the Online Conspiracy Movement Identified by the FBI as a Violent Threat” by Isaac Stanley-Becker (Washington Post) for Philadelphia Inquirer

National: “House Committee Subpoenas 4 Top Pompeo Aides” by Kyle Cheney for Politico

New York: “N.Y. Prosecutor: Trump financial probe not limited to ‘hush money’” by Josh Gerstein for Politico

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August 4, 2020 •

Tennessee Governor Calls for Special Legislative Session

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has called for the General Assembly to return on August 10 for a special session. The special session will address COVID-related liability protection for persons and entities, electronic delivery of health services, and peaceful demonstration legislation […]

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has called for the General Assembly to return on August 10 for a special session.

The special session will address COVID-related liability protection for persons and entities, electronic delivery of health services, and peaceful demonstration legislation aimed at protecting individuals and public and private property.

Per legislative rules, the special session will last at least 3 days, but could last longer.

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August 4, 2020 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Ohio: “Meet ‘Representative 3,’ Who Benefited from Larry Householder’s Cover Campaign” by Randy Ludlow (Columbus Dispatch) for MSN Elections National: “Trump’s Campaign in Crisis as Aides Attempt August Reset Before Time Runs Out” by Toluse Olorunnipa, Josh Dawsey, […]

Campaign Finance

Ohio: “Meet ‘Representative 3,’ Who Benefited from Larry Householder’s Cover Campaign” by Randy Ludlow (Columbus Dispatch) for MSN

Elections

National: “Trump’s Campaign in Crisis as Aides Attempt August Reset Before Time Runs Out” by Toluse Olorunnipa, Josh Dawsey, and Annie Linskey (Washington Post) for MSN

Louisiana: “Louisiana Board of Ethics Objects to Brian Pope Candidacy, Claims He Owes $5K in Fees” by Ashley White (Lafayette Daily Advertiser) for MSN

Ethics

National: “Rep. Sanford Bishop Allegedly Misused More Than $90,000 in Campaign and Official Funds” by John Bresnahan for Politico

National: “Vaccine Project Contract Raises Transparency Questions” by Dan Diamond for Politico

Alabama: “Alabama Politician Resigns as a Southern Baptist Pastor After KKK Leader’s Birthday Celebration” by Sarah Pulliam Bailey for Washington Post

Rhode Island: “Ethics Commission Unlikely to Appeal Overturned $200 Violation Against Supreme Court Justice” by Eli Sherman for WPRI

Tennessee: “Tennessee State Senator Charged with Stealing Federal Funds” by Adrian Sainz for Associated Press News

Lobbying

National: “Biden Faces Pressure from Left Over Influence Industry Ties” by Kenneth Vogel and Glenn Thrush (New York Times) for MSN

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August 3, 2020 •

Nevada Lawmakers Pass Bill to Mail Ballots Amid Pandemic

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State legislators passed a bill Sunday adding Nevada to a growing list of states mailing all active voters ballots ahead of the November election amid the coronavirus pandemic. The bill now heads to Gov. Steve Sisolak. If he signs it […]

State legislators passed a bill Sunday adding Nevada to a growing list of states mailing all active voters ballots ahead of the November election amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill now heads to Gov. Steve Sisolak.

If he signs it as expected, Nevada will join seven states planning to automatically send voters mail ballots.

These states include California and Vermont, which moved earlier this summer to adopt automatic mail ballot policies.

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August 3, 2020 •

Oregon Governor Calls for Special Session to Balance State Budget

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Gov. Kate Brown announced she will convene a second special session of the Oregon Legislature starting Monday, August 10. The main objective of the session will be to address the state’s devastating budget shortfall arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The […]

Gov. Kate Brown announced she will convene a second special session of the Oregon Legislature starting Monday, August 10.

The main objective of the session will be to address the state’s devastating budget shortfall arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor’s decision to call lawmakers into session could be a concession the state is unlikely to receive any budget assistance from Congress, a possibility Brown and public employee union leaders cited earlier in the summer as a reason to delay the second special session.

In her proclamation calling the special session, the governor also noted her support for urgent legislation building on matters considered in the first special session, including additional police accountability reforms.

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August 3, 2020 •

Massachusetts Legislature Extends Session

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The Massachusetts General Court passed Senate Bill 2873 declaring a state of emergency within the Legislature and extending the legislative session past the traditional last day of July 31. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Court extended the session […]

The Massachusetts General Court passed Senate Bill 2873 declaring a state of emergency within the Legislature and extending the legislative session past the traditional last day of July 31.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Court extended the session to respond to and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, to protect the health, security, safety, and economic well-being and convenience of the people of the Commonwealth.

The bill suspends Joint Rule 12A and allows the second annual session of the 191st General Court to continue until the end of the calendar year.

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August 3, 2020 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Hawaii: “Alleged Oahu Crime Boss’ Nightclub Was a Popular Place for Political Fundraisers” by Nick Grube for Honolulu Star Advertiser Elections Idaho: “Supreme Court Halts Idaho Online Signatures for Initiative” by Keith Ridler (Associated Press) for Jacksonville Journal […]

Campaign Finance

Hawaii: “Alleged Oahu Crime Boss’ Nightclub Was a Popular Place for Political Fundraisers” by Nick Grube for Honolulu Star Advertiser

Elections

Idaho: “Supreme Court Halts Idaho Online Signatures for Initiative” by Keith Ridler (Associated Press) for Jacksonville Journal Courier

Ethics

National: “DHS Compiled ‘Intelligence Reports’ on Journalists Who Published Leaked Documents” by Shane Harris (Washington Post) for MSN

National: “Full Appeals Court Agrees to Wade into Michael Flynn Case” by Eric Tucker for Associated Press News

National: “Misuse of Taxpayer Funds Leads Ethics Committee to Reprimand and Fine Rep. Schweikert” by Chris Marquette for Roll Call

Canada: “Trudeau Defends Work on Contract Now Engulfing His Government” by Andy Blatchford for Politico

California: “Charges Added to LA City Councilman in Corruption Probe” by Nathan Solis for Courthouse News Service

Maryland: “Judge Sentences Former Baltimore Del. Cheryl Glenn to 2 Years, Says She ‘Sold Her Office to Pay the Bills’” by Jessica Anderson for Baltimore Sun

Lobbying

Florida: “Florida Commission on Ethics Lifts NRA Lobbyist Marion Hammer Off the Hook” by Dan Christensen for Florida Bulldog

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July 31, 2020 •

Nevada Governor Calls Second Special Session

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak

Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a formal proclamation Thursday evening calling the Nevada Legislature into a second special session amid the COVID-19 crisis. The 32nd special session is set to begin Friday, July 31, at 9:00 a.m. The policy items included […]

Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a formal proclamation Thursday evening calling the Nevada Legislature into a second special session amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The 32nd special session is set to begin Friday, July 31, at 9:00 a.m.

The policy items included for consideration include criminal and social justice policy reform, and protections from coronavirus for Nevadans.

Additionally, removal of statutory barriers impeding the work of Nevada’s unemployment insurance program, and alternative dispute resolution measures in cases of rental evictions will be discussed.

According to the proclamation, the session should end no later than 11:59 p.m. Aug. 7, though the language is not binding.

Lawmakers can work past that date.

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July 31, 2020 •

Virginia Special Session to Convene on August 18

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam  announced a special session of the General Assembly to convene on August 18. The special session will focus on adopting a biennial budget based on the revised revenue forecast. Lawmakers are also expected to consider legislation […]

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam  announced a special session of the General Assembly to convene on August 18.

The special session will focus on adopting a biennial budget based on the revised revenue forecast.

Lawmakers are also expected to consider legislation regarding COVID-19 and criminal and social justice reforms.

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July 31, 2020 •

Ask the Experts – Disclosing Contributions on the LD-203

Here is your chance to “Ask the Experts” at State and Federal Communications, Inc.

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Q: What contributions am I required to disclose on the Semi-annual LD-203 contribution report?

A: Though much focus is placed on the PAC and political contributions that must be disclosed on the LD-203, there are four (4) additional categories of reportable expenditures.  Below is an overview of all the expenditures required to be tracked and reported by employer registrants and individual lobbyists:

FECA (Federal Election Campaign Act)

  • Contributions (including in-kind) of $200 or more (in the aggregate) to any Federal candidate or officeholder, leadership PAC, or political party committee (such as the RNC or DNC).   For an employer report, this involves listing contributions from the company’s associated PAC.  FECA contributions tend to be the most common type reported but do not represent full disclosure when other reportable expenditures exist.

HONORARY

  • An expenditure of any amount made to an entity established, financed, maintained, or controlled by a covered legislative branch official or covered executive branch official, or an entity designated by such official.  Of note, this can include donations made to charitable organizations and other non-profit entities.
  • An expenditure of any amount made to pay the cost of an event to honor or recognize a covered legislative branch official or covered executive branch official.  The purchase of a table or ticket to another entity’s event, in and of itself, is not sufficient to be considered “paying the cost” of the event.
  • An expenditure of any amount made to an entity named for a covered legislative branch official or to a person or entity in recognition of such official.

MEETING

  • An expenditure of any amount made for a meeting, retreat, conference, or other similar event held by, or in the name of, one or more covered legislative branch officials or covered executive branch officials.

PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY and/or INAUGURAL COMMITTEE

  • Contributions of $200 or more to any presidential library foundation and/or presidential inaugural committee made by an individual or employer (including from employer’s PAC) during the reporting period.

You can directly submit questions for this feature, and we will select those most appropriate and answer them here. Send your questions to: marketing@stateandfed.com.

(We are always available to answer questions from clients that are specific to your needs, and we encourage you to continue to call or e-mail us with questions about your particular company or organization. As always, we will confidentially and directly provide answers or information you need.) Our replies to your questions are not legal advice. Instead, these replies represent our analysis of laws, rules, and regulations.

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July 30, 2020 •

House Votes to Remove Speaker Larry Householder

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In a morning session without debate, lawmakers voted unanimously to remove Larry Householder from the position as Ohio House speaker, though he retains his seat in the Legislature. Nine members, including Householder, were absent. Householder was arrested July 22 and […]

In a morning session without debate, lawmakers voted unanimously to remove Larry Householder from the position as Ohio House speaker, though he retains his seat in the Legislature.

Nine members, including Householder, were absent.

Householder was arrested July 22 and formally indicted today in connection with a $60 million federal racketeering case related to House Bill 6, Ohio’s new nuclear bailout law.

Additionally, republicans are in the process of selecting a new speaker and representatives interested in succeeding Householder include Rick Carfagna, Robert Cupp, Timothy Ginter, and Speaker Pro Tem Jim Butler.

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July 30, 2020 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Ohio: “Householder Probe Generates Campaign Cash Problem for House Republicans” by Jessie Balmert for Cincinnati Enquirer Tennessee: “Former House Speaker Glen Casada Pays $10,500 Fine with Money from Political Action Committee” by Joel Ebert for The Tennessean Elections […]

Campaign Finance

Ohio: “Householder Probe Generates Campaign Cash Problem for House Republicans” by Jessie Balmert for Cincinnati Enquirer

Tennessee: “Former House Speaker Glen Casada Pays $10,500 Fine with Money from Political Action Committee” by Joel Ebert for The Tennessean

Elections

Arizona: “GOP Asks Supreme Court to Reinstate Arizona Voting Rules Deemed Racially Biased” by John Kruzel for The Hill

California: “A San Jose Commission Will Decide on Strong Mayor, Moving Mayoral Elections” by Carly Wipf for San Jose Spotlight

New Jersey: “Trump Keeps Touting New Jersey Fraud Case to Attack Mail Voting. Local Leaders Say He’s Not Telling the Whole Story.” by Rosalind Helderman (Washington Post) for MSN

Ethics

National: “Politics at the Point of a Gun” by Joshua Partlow for Washington Post

National: “‘I’m Going to Answer the Damn Question’: Barr, House Democrats face off over Portland, politicization” by Kristine Phillips and Kevin Johnson for USA Today

California: “Former L.A. County Assessor John Noguez Again Faces Corruption Charges” by Matt Hamilton for Los Angeles Times

Lobbying

National: “Democrats Investigating Why White House Ended Ban on Some Gun Silencer Sales” by Kenneth Vogel for New York Times

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