May 12, 2020 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “States and Cities with Public Campaign Financing Lead on Paid Sick Leave Policies” by David Moore for Sludge Elections Illinois: “Judge Rejects Suit Over Ballot Obstacles for Constitutional Amendment” by Rebecca Anzel (Capitol News Illinois) for Peoria […]

Campaign Finance

National: “States and Cities with Public Campaign Financing Lead on Paid Sick Leave Policies” by David Moore for Sludge

Elections

Illinois: “Judge Rejects Suit Over Ballot Obstacles for Constitutional Amendment” by Rebecca Anzel (Capitol News Illinois) for Peoria Journal Star

Ethics

National: “Federal Watchdog Backs Reinstating Ousted Vaccine Expert” by Sarah Owermohle for Politico

Indiana: “Indiana Attorney General’s Law License Suspended for Groping” by Tom Davies for AP News

Missouri: “Investigation of Medical Marijuana Roll Out Expands to Missouri Governor’s Office” by Jason Hancock for Kansas City Star

Lobbying

National: “Skadden Said to Have Paid $11 Million to Settle Ukraine Dispute” by Kenneth Vogel (New York Times) for MSN

National: “Zoom Beefs Up Lobbying as Privacy Concerns Accompany Growth” by Megan Wilson for Bloomberg Government

Procurement

California: “Desperate for Coronavirus Help, California Spending Billions on No-Bid Contracts with Little Accountability” by Melody Gutierrez, Adam Elmahrek, Ben Poston, and Kim Christensen for Los Angeles Times

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May 11, 2020 •

Rhode Island General Assembly Extends Postponement

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Rhode Island State House

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Rhode Island General Assembly has extended the postponement of the legislative session. All House and Senate sessions have been canceled for the week of May 11 to May 15. The House Finance Committee […]

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Rhode Island General Assembly has extended the postponement of the legislative session.

All House and Senate sessions have been canceled for the week of May 11 to May 15.

The House Finance Committee is expected to resume fiscal year 2020 and 2021 budget hearings on Thursday, May 14.

Additionally, both chambers of the General Assembly are scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 19.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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May 11, 2020 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Senate Committee Advances Nomination of FEC Commissioner” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee for Washington Post Ethics National: “Justice Dept. Moves to Drop Case Against Michael Flynn” by Spencer Hsu, Devlin Barrett, and Matt Zapotosky for Washington Post […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Senate Committee Advances Nomination of FEC Commissioner” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee for Washington Post

Ethics

National: “Justice Dept. Moves to Drop Case Against Michael Flynn” by Spencer Hsu, Devlin Barrett, and Matt Zapotosky for Washington Post

National: “On the Same Day Sen. Richard Burr Dumped Stock, So Did His Brother-in-Law. Then the Market Crashed.” by Robert Faturechi and Derek Willis for ProPublica

Missouri: “Effort to Send Clean Missouri Back to Voters One Step from Final Approval” by Ashlyn O’Hara (Missouri News Network) for Call Newspapers

Nevada: “Las Vegas Mayor Faces Recall Effort Over Coronavirus Response” by Shea Johnson for Las Vegas Review-Journal

New Jersey: “U.S. Supreme Court Throws Out Bridgegate Convictions, 6 Years After an Epic Traffic Jam” by Ted Sherman (NJ Advance Media) for Newark Star Ledger

Lobbying

Canada: “Former Canadian Envoy to Washington Defends Work Pitching for Palantir” by Andy Blatchford for Politico

Idaho: “Lobbying Disclosure Complaint Filed Against Ada GOP Chairman” by Thomas Plank (Idaho Press) for KPVI

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May 8, 2020 •

Chicago Mayor Proposes Amendment to Lobbying Ordinance

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At the request of the Executive Director of the Board of Ethics, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, at the last City Council meeting, proposed an amendment to the lobbying ordinance passed late last year. Lightfoot’s proposed Ordinance 2020-2328 would amend Chapter 2-156 […]

At the request of the Executive Director of the Board of Ethics, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, at the last City Council meeting, proposed an amendment to the lobbying ordinance passed late last year.

Lightfoot’s proposed Ordinance 2020-2328 would amend Chapter 2-156 of the Municipal Code regarding lobbying to allow elected officials from outside Chicago to lobby the City Council, the mayor’s office and other city government offices, as long as the public body they represent doesn’t have pending or recurring legislative or contractual matters involving the city of Chicago.

If passed the ordinance would become effective immediately.

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May 7, 2020 •

Lawsuit Filed in North Dakota Redistricting Case

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The Office of the North Dakota Secretary of State approved a petition for a proposed constitutional amendment. This amendment will make several changes to election procedures, and make the Ethics Commission responsible for state legislative redistricting procedures. The Legislature is […]

The Office of the North Dakota Secretary of State approved a petition for a proposed constitutional amendment.

This amendment will make several changes to election procedures, and make the Ethics Commission responsible for state legislative redistricting procedures.

The Legislature is responsible for redrawing district lines every 10 years following each U.S. Census and is scheduled to do so again in 2021.

The group proposing the measure, North Dakota Voters First, will need to obtain signatures of 4% of eligible voters by July 6 to get the proposal on the ballot in November.

The group has now filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Al Jaeger in U.S. District Court claiming it should be allowed to collect electronic signatures during the pandemic.

The state law requiring petition circulators to collect necessary signatures in-person is unrealistic and dangerous.

Additionally, the inability to get the measure on the ballot this year would mean the current redistricting rules stay in place for another decade.

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May 7, 2020 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “The Bizarro Tale of a Phantom Super PAC – and Our Sleuthing to Find It” by Zach Montellaro for Politico Maryland: “Progressive Maryland Files Complaint Against Super PAC Backing Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Mary Miller” by Talia Richman […]

Campaign Finance

National: “The Bizarro Tale of a Phantom Super PAC – and Our Sleuthing to Find It” by Zach Montellaro for Politico

Maryland: “Progressive Maryland Files Complaint Against Super PAC Backing Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Mary Miller” by Talia Richman for Baltimore Sun

Elections

National: “Will Americans Lose Their Right to Vote in the Pandemic?” by Emily Bazelon for New York Times

New York: “New York Must Hold Democratic Presidential Primary, Judge Rules” by Sean Sullivan and Nick Corasaniti for New York Times

Ethics

National: “Virus Whistle-Blower Says Trump Administration Steered Contracts to Cronies” by Sheryl Gay Stolberg (New York Times) for MSN

South Carolina: “SC Supreme Court Rules Against Statehouse Probe Prosecutor’s Call to Reverse Plea Deal” by Andy Shain for Charleston Post and Courier

Wisconsin: “Conservative Justices Appear Skeptical of ‘Safer at Home’ Extension” by Ed Treleven for Madison.com

Lobbying

National: “K Street Requests Taxpayer Bailout of Corporate Lobbyists” by Lee Fang for The Intercept

Canada: “Ontario Allowing ‘Secret Lobbying’ Amid COVID-19: Critic” by Emma McIntosh for National Post

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May 6, 2020 •

New York District Judge Orders Presidential Primary to be held in June

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On May 5, United States District Court Judge Analisa Torres for the Southern District of New York ruled the New York Board of Elections must hold a presidential primary and include previously qualified candidates on the ballot, including Sen. Bernie […]

On May 5, United States District Court Judge Analisa Torres for the Southern District of New York ruled the New York Board of Elections must hold a presidential primary and include previously qualified candidates on the ballot, including Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Gov. Cuomo previously postponed the presidential primary from April 28 to June 23 due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Board of Elections later voted to cancel the presidential primary.

However, the board still scheduled a congressional special election and local primaries for June 23.

The court’s ruling found the cancellation of the presidential primary to be unconstitutional.

Additionally, the cancellation had violated candidates of their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

The preliminary injunction restores all 10 presidential candidates and their respective slates of delegate candidates to the New York presidential primary ballot and requires that the primary election be held on June 23.

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May 6, 2020 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Cash-Starved Candidates Trade Swanky Cocktail Hours for $5K Zoom Meetings” by Elena Schneider and Theodoric Meyer for Politico New Jersey: “Juul Donated to New Jersey Politicians Even as They Considered Vaping Restrictions” by Matt Freidman for Politico […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Cash-Starved Candidates Trade Swanky Cocktail Hours for $5K Zoom Meetings” by Elena Schneider and Theodoric Meyer for Politico

New Jersey: “Juul Donated to New Jersey Politicians Even as They Considered Vaping Restrictions” by Matt Freidman for Politico

North Carolina: “Should NC Politicians Be Banned from Paying Themselves Rent with Campaign Money?” by Will Doran for Raleigh News and Observer

Elections

National: “Both Parties Wonder: How much do conventions even matter anymore?” by Adam Nagourney and Matt Flegenheimer (New York Times) for MSN

National: “Why Biden’s Choice of Running Mate Has Momentous Implications” by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns (New York Times) for MSN

Ethics

National: “Trump Sparks Fight Over IRS Relief Payments” by Naomi Jagoda for The Hill

Mississippi: “MS Welfare Scandal Audit: Money went to cars, family, paying Brett Favre for speeches he never gave” by Luke Ramseth for Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Nevada: “Ethics Complaint ‘Credible’ Against Ex-Las Vegas Planning Official” by Shea Johnson for Las Vegas Review-Journal

South Dakota: “Ethics Board Dismisses Complaint Against Councilor After Trip to Republican Convention” by JoeSneve for Sioux Falls Argus Leader

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May 5, 2020 •

North Dakota Ethics Commission Website Is Live

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North Dakota Capitol Building

The North Dakota Ethics Commission website is now live. The website, ethicscommission.nd.gov, includes board information, meeting minutes, and complaint forms. At a recent meeting, the five-member board also discussed reconciling perceived conflicts in constitutional and statutory language related to commission […]

The North Dakota Ethics Commission website is now live.

The website, ethicscommission.nd.gov, includes board information, meeting minutes, and complaint forms.

At a recent meeting, the five-member board also discussed reconciling perceived conflicts in constitutional and statutory language related to commission procedures; additionally, they reviewed proposed 2021 ethics legislation covering legislators and executive branch officials.

The next meeting is scheduled in an online format for May 13.

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May 5, 2020 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Elections Wisconsin: “Unexpected Outcome in Wisconsin: Tens of thousands of ballots that arrived after Election Day were counted, thanks to court decisions” by Amy Gardner, Dan Simmons, and Robert Barnes (Washington Post) for MSN Ethics National: “Lawmakers Made Hundreds of […]

Elections

Wisconsin: “Unexpected Outcome in Wisconsin: Tens of thousands of ballots that arrived after Election Day were counted, thanks to court decisions” by Amy Gardner, Dan Simmons, and Robert Barnes (Washington Post) for MSN

Ethics

National: “Lawmakers Made Hundreds of Stock Transactions During Pandemic, Watchdog Finds” by Alice Miranda Ollstein for Politico

National: “Secret Service Paid Trump’s D.C. Hotel More Than $33,000 for Lodging to Guard Mnuchin in ’17” by David Fahrenthold, Joshua Partlow, Josh Dawsey, and Carol Leonnig (Washington Post) for Seattle Times

Hawaii: “Honolulu Ethics Commission OKs Gifts for First Responders” by Gordon Y.K. Pang for Honolulu Star Advertiser

Iowa: “Court Upholds Dismissal of Suit Over Iowa Governor’s Flight” by David Pitt for AP News

Legislative Issues

National: “The ‘New Normal’ Takes Shape on Capitol Hill” by Scott Wong and Mike Lillis for The Hill

Lobbying

National: “Well-Connected Trump Alumni Benefit from Coronavirus Lobbying Rush” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Tom Hamburger, and Anu Narayanswami (Washington Post) for MSN

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May 4, 2020 •

No Limits on Campaign Contributions in Oregon

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Oregon political candidates in legislative and statewide races can continue to accept contributions vastly exceeding the caps voters approved in 2006. Secretary of State Bev Clarno announced on Friday she would not allow the 2006 voter approved initiative. The initiative […]

Oregon political candidates in legislative and statewide races can continue to accept contributions vastly exceeding the caps voters approved in 2006.

Secretary of State Bev Clarno announced on Friday she would not allow the 2006 voter approved initiative.

The initiative placed a $1,000 limit on donations to statewide candidates and a $100 limit on contributions to legislative candidates.

Clarno’s office released a statement communicating Measure 47 from 2006 was not made operative by the Oregon Supreme Court decision.

Therefore, there is no change in current state election laws.

Clarno’s decision was based off of a verbal opinion from the Department of Justice.

Also, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Thomas Ryan ruled Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s campaign did not need to limit spending.

The ruling came after a suit filed by Wheeler’s main opponent questioning his use of contributions.

Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone had joined several campaign finance activists in a lawsuit against Wheeler’s campaign.

The lawsuit contends the mayor must repay all the donations he’s received surpassing the $500 campaign finance limit approved by Portland voters in 2018 but never enforced due to legal challenges.

After last week’s Supreme Court ruling, the city auditor’s office will begin enforcing Portland’s campaign finance measure starting today.

However, candidates won’t be retroactively punished for taking large donations.

Portland Attorney Dan Meek said he would ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider its April decision to make it clear Measure 47 should go into effect immediately.

In November, voters will decide on a proposed state constitutional amendment making it clear the state could adopt any limits allowed under the U.S. Constitution.

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May 4, 2020 •

Louisiana Lawmakers Resume Regular Session

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Louisiana State Capitol

Louisiana lawmakers will resume their regular legislative session on May 4 to address budget issues and virus response legislation. Despite the stay-at-home order in place through May 15, many legislators are ready to return for the remainder of session. These […]

Louisiana lawmakers will resume their regular legislative session on May 4 to address budget issues and virus response legislation.

Despite the stay-at-home order in place through May 15, many legislators are ready to return for the remainder of session.

These final four weeks began March 9, and the session was postponed March 16.

Legislative leaders also anticipate a large financial gap from widespread unemployment, forcing down tax collections and oil prices.

Altogether, the next financial year, beginning July 1, is predicting between $500 million to $1 billion less in state funding.

With a session that must end June 1, many legislators are eager to use the available days to assist with economic recovery.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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May 4, 2020 •

Rhode Island General Assembly Extends Postponement

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly has extended the postponement of the legislative session. All House and Senate sessions are canceled for the week of May 4 to May 8. Additionally, the House Finance Committee is expected […]

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly has extended the postponement of the legislative session.

All House and Senate sessions are canceled for the week of May 4 to May 8.

Additionally, the House Finance Committee is expected to resume budget hearings the week of May 11, and the full General Assembly are scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 12.

This does not affect lobbyist reporting.

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May 4, 2020 •

New Hampshire General Court Suspends Legislative Activities Indefinitely

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Court has suspended all legislative activities until further notice except for remote public meetings. Lawmakers previously suspended legislative activities until May 4. The State House and Legislative Office Building will be closed to […]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Court has suspended all legislative activities until further notice except for remote public meetings.

Lawmakers previously suspended legislative activities until May 4.

The State House and Legislative Office Building will be closed to legislative members, legislative staff, and visitors during the suspension.

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