June 27, 2019 •

South Carolina Lawmakers Return for a One-day Special Session

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South Carolina lawmakers met for a one-day special session June 25 to review several bills Gov. Henry McMaster recently vetoed. The special session was held to consider Gov. McMaster’s 28 budget vetoes worth approximately $41 million. Additionally, lawmakers considered a […]

South Carolina lawmakers met for a one-day special session June 25 to review several bills Gov. Henry McMaster recently vetoed.

The special session was held to consider Gov. McMaster’s 28 budget vetoes worth approximately $41 million.

Additionally, lawmakers considered a bill which allowed erasing of a public disorderly conduct charge for first offenders under certain conditions.

Lawmakers aren’t expected to return to the State House until session reconvenes in January.

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June 27, 2019 •

New Jersey Dark Money Bill Signed, Challenged

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Last week, New jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation requiring dark money groups spending money to influence elections in New Jersey to disclose their large donors. Senate Bill 1500, carried over from last year’s session, requires certain groups, like 501(c)(4) […]

Last week, New jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation requiring dark money groups spending money to influence elections in New Jersey to disclose their large donors.

Senate Bill 1500, carried over from last year’s session, requires certain groups, like 501(c)(4) political nonprofits to disclose the identities of donors who give more than $10,000.

Additionally, the groups are required to report expenditures in excess of $3,000.

Gov. Murphy previously conditionally vetoed the bill.

However, the Governor signed an identical version when faced with a veto override because the bill’s sponsors agreed to tweak the legislation before it takes effect.

Since signed, the bill has faced opposition from citizen-based organizations and advocacy groups.

Those groups are arguing the new disclosure requirements will prevent people from donating to them.

On Tuesday, a federal lawsuit challenging the legislation was filed by Americans for Prosperity, a libertarian advocacy nonprofit founded by the Koch brothers.

Americans for Prosperity asked for the new law not to be enforced until the suit challenging the constitutionality of the law is decided.

New Jersey’s Election Law Enforcement Commission and Attorney General Lee Moore declined to comment on the pending legislation.

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June 27, 2019 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “FEC Fines Florida-Based Company for Illegal Contribution to Support Rick Scott’s 2018 Campaign” by Stephanie Aiken for Roll Call Indiana: “Council Lawyer: Mayor unlikely to appeal campaign contribution ordinance” by Dave Gong for Fort Wayne Journal Gazette […]

Campaign Finance

National: “FEC Fines Florida-Based Company for Illegal Contribution to Support Rick Scott’s 2018 Campaign” by Stephanie Aiken for Roll Call

Indiana: “Council Lawyer: Mayor unlikely to appeal campaign contribution ordinance” by Dave Gong for Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Ethics

National: “Mueller to Testify to Congress, Setting Up a Political Spectacle” by Nicholas Fandos for New York Times

Arkansas: “Former Arkansas Lawmaker Pleads Guilty in Corruption Cases” by Andrew DeMillo for AP News

California: “Former L.A. Building Inspector Fined $100,000 for Double Dipping on City Project” by Dakota Smith for Los Angeles Times

South Carolina: “Denied Top State Job Amid Ethics Questions, Former SC Lawmaker Named Magistrate Instead” by Avery Wilks for The State

Lobbying

Canada: “Lobbying Watchdog Says Glitch in System Skewed Volume of Registrations” by Beatrice Paez for Hill Times

Wyoming: “A Mystery Group Has Been Pushing to Stop Gambling Regulation in Wyoming” by Nick Reynolds for Casper Star-Tribune

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June 26, 2019 •

Hawaii Governor Signs Lobbying Penalties Bill

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Gov. David Ige signed a lobbying bill into law on June 25. The bill removes statutory remnants from when lobbying violations resulted in criminal penalties. Senate Bill 144 replaces “willfully” with “negligently” in the requirements of proof that a violation […]

Gov. David Ige signed a lobbying bill into law on June 25.

The bill removes statutory remnants from when lobbying violations resulted in criminal penalties.

Senate Bill 144 replaces “willfully” with “negligently” in the requirements of proof that a violation of the lobbyist law was committed for failure to file a statement or report.

Proceedings that were begun prior to the signing of the bill are not affected.

Additionally, rights and duties that matured and penalties that were incurred prior to the bill are not affected.

The bill became effective when signed.

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June 26, 2019 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “GOP to Launch New Fundraising Site as Dems Crush the Online Money Game” by Alex Isenstadt for Politico National: “Beltway ‘Inundated’ with Fundraisers as Deadline Nears” by Kate Ackley for Roll Call National: “Duncan Hunter Had Affairs […]

Campaign Finance

National: “GOP to Launch New Fundraising Site as Dems Crush the Online Money Game” by Alex Isenstadt for Politico

National: “Beltway ‘Inundated’ with Fundraisers as Deadline Nears” by Kate Ackley for Roll Call

National: “Duncan Hunter Had Affairs with Women He Worked With, Including His Own Aide” by Katherine Tully-McManus for Roll Call

Connecticut: “Tensions Continue Between CT Lawmakers, Election Watchdog” by Ken Dixon for Middletown Press

Elections

National: “Candidates Hunt Desperately for Viral Moments” by Amy Wang (Washington Post) for MSN

Ethics

National: “Judge: Democrats’ emoluments case against Trump can proceed” by Ann Maromow, Jonathan O’Connell, and Carol Leonnig (Washington Post) for San Jose Mercury News

Illinois: “Defiant Ex-Ald. Willie Cochran Given 1 Year in Prison, Accuses Prosecutors of Misconduct: ‘There’s no justice in this’” by Jason Meisner for Chicago Tribune

Maryland: “Baltimore’s Budget for Ethics Enforcement: $0” by Ian Duncan for Baltimore Sun

Washington DC: “D.C. Council Will Hire Law Firm to Investigate Jack Evans” by Fenit Nirappil for Washington Post

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June 25, 2019 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Colorado: “Colorado Dems Have a Plan to Shine A Light on Dark Money. Could It Work?” by Sam Brasch for Colorado Public Radio Elections Pennsylvania: “Voting Rights and Election Reform Are Hot Topics with Pa. Lawmakers. It’s a […]

Campaign Finance

Colorado: “Colorado Dems Have a Plan to Shine A Light on Dark Money. Could It Work?” by Sam Brasch for Colorado Public Radio

Elections

Pennsylvania: “Voting Rights and Election Reform Are Hot Topics with Pa. Lawmakers. It’s a Moment Three Decades in the Making.” by Jonathan Lai for Philadelphia Inquirer

Utah: “Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox Will Distance Himself from Making Calls on Election Complaints in the Governor’s Race in Which He’s a Candidate” by Dan Harrie for Salt Lake Tribune

Ethics

Illinois: “Ex-Lincoln-Way Superintendent Has Amassed Nearly $600K in Pension Income Since Being Indicted, Records Show” by Zak Koeske for Chicago Tribune

Minnesota: “New Documents Revisit Questions about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Marriage History” by J. Patrick Coolican and Stephen Montemayor for Mineapolis Star Tribune

Legislative Issues

New York: “A Profound Democratic Shift in New York: ‘We seized the moment’” by Vivian Wang and Jesse McKinley for New York Times

Lobbying

Connecticut: “Life Gets Harder Minus Gavel for Brendan Sharkey, the House Speaker-Turned-Lobbyist Who Sued Dissatisfied Client That Fired Him” by Jon Lender for Hartford Courant

Florida: “When It Comes to Holding NRA Lobbyist Marion Hammer Accountable, Florida Senate Ignores Own Rules” by Dan Christensen for Florida Bulldog

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June 24, 2019 •

New York Legislature Adjourns Session

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The New York State Legislature adjourned on June 21. During the legislative session lawmakers passed a bill closing a limited liability company loophole regarding contribution limits. The bill limits annual political spending by an LLC to $5,000, the same limit […]

The New York State Legislature adjourned on June 21.

During the legislative session lawmakers passed a bill closing a limited liability company loophole regarding contribution limits.

The bill limits annual political spending by an LLC to $5,000, the same limit as corporations.

The Legislature also passed election reforms relating to early voting, creating a unified June primary for federal and local elections, and upgrading election technology.

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June 24, 2019 •

Iowa House District 46 Special Election set for August 6

On June 21, Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for House District 46. The special election will fill the vacancy left by the resignation of State Representative Lisa Heddens. Heddens resigned on June 17 to serve on the Story […]

On June 21, Gov. Kim Reynolds called a special election for House District 46.

The special election will fill the vacancy left by the resignation of State Representative Lisa Heddens.

Heddens resigned on June 17 to serve on the Story County Board of Supervisors.

Reynolds has set the special election for August 6.

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June 24, 2019 •

NY JCOPE Grants Extension for Filing Employer Reports

The New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics will be enabling the ability to file client semiannual reports and source funding disclosures through the online Lobbying Application on July 8. Due to the short time frame of enabling the ability […]

The New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics will be enabling the ability to file client semiannual reports and source funding disclosures through the online Lobbying Application on July 8.

Due to the short time frame of enabling the ability to file online and the statutory due date, JCOPE has granted an extension to submit 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.

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June 24, 2019 •

Maine Passes Clean Election Act, Adjourns

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The 129th Legislature adjourned sine die just after 6:45 a.m. on June 20 after six months in session. During the session, Gov. Janet Mills signed amendments to the Maine Clean Election Act, clarifying disclosure requirements for political communications. Legislative Document […]

The 129th Legislature adjourned sine die just after 6:45 a.m. on June 20 after six months in session.

During the session, Gov. Janet Mills signed amendments to the Maine Clean Election Act, clarifying disclosure requirements for political communications.

Legislative Document 1721 provides automated, pre-recorded telephone calls and scripted live telephone communications that name a clearly identified candidate must clearly state the name of the person who made or financed the expenditure for the communication and whether the communication was authorized by a candidate.

Disclosure must be made during the 28 days, including election day, before a primary election or the 35 days, including election day, before a special election or between Labor Day and the date of a general election.

The bill further provides whenever a person makes an expenditure exceeding $500 expressly advocating through prerecorded automated telephone calls or scripted live telephone calls for or against an initiative or referendum appearing on a ballot, the telephone calls must clearly state only the name of the person who made or financed the expenditure for the communication.

The amendments will take effect on September 19, 2019.

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June 24, 2019 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance New York: “Council Hears Campaign Finance Bills to Enhance Low-Dollar Impact, Limit Criminals, Curb Conflicts” by Noah Berman for Gotham Gazette Elections National: “Biden’s Ties to Segregationist Senator Spark Campaign Tension” by Matt Viser and Annie Linskey (Washington […]

Campaign Finance

New York: “Council Hears Campaign Finance Bills to Enhance Low-Dollar Impact, Limit Criminals, Curb Conflicts” by Noah Berman for Gotham Gazette

Elections

National: “Biden’s Ties to Segregationist Senator Spark Campaign Tension” by Matt Viser and Annie Linskey (Washington Post) for San Francisco Chronicle

California: “A Million Independent Voters Risk Being Irrelevant in California’s Presidential Primary” by Ben Christopher for CALmatters

Ethics

National: “When Trump Visits His Clubs, Government Agencies and Republicans Pay to Be Where He Is” by David Fahrenthold, Josh Dawsey, Jonathan O’Connell, and Michelle Ye Hee Lee (Washington Post) for MSN

Alabama: “Roy Moore Running for Senate Despite Discouragement from GOP” by Kim Chandler and Alan Fram for AP News

Connecticut: “Connecticut’s Search for a New Ethics Watchdog” by Mark Pazniokas for Connecticut Mirror

Tennessee: “House Speaker Candidate’s Christian Magic Supply Business Is Not Registered with the State” by Joel Ebert and Natalie Allison for The Tennessean

Washington DC: “Federal Agents Search Georgetown Home of D.C. Council Member Jack Evans” by Peter Jamison, Peter Hermann, Spencer Hsu, and Fenit Nirappil for Washington Post

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June 20, 2019 •

Special Election Set for Vacant California Legislative Seat

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Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a special primary election for Assembly District 1 on August 27. The seat is vacant after Brian Dahle won the June 4 special election to fill Senate District 1 seat. Unless one candidate receives more than […]

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a special primary election for Assembly District 1 on August 27.

The seat is vacant after Brian Dahle won the June 4 special election to fill Senate District 1 seat.

Unless one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, the top two candidates in the special primary election will face off in a special general election.

Assembly District one covers portions of the Northeastern part of California.

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June 20, 2019 •

SEC FINRA Pay-to-Play Rule Upheld by Federal Court

On June 18, a federal appellate court affirmed the legality of a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pay-to-play rule. In New York Republican State Committee v. SEC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found the […]

On June 18, a federal appellate court affirmed the legality of a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pay-to-play rule.

In New York Republican State Committee v. SEC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found the SEC’s Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Rule 2030 constitutional.

The rule prohibits a placement agent from accepting compensation for soliciting government business from certain candidates and elected officials within two years of having contributed to such an official’s electoral campaign or to the transition or inaugural expenses of a successful candidate.

The New York Republican State Committee and the Tennessee Republican Party had argued the SEC did not have authority to enact the rule, the order adopting the rule was arbitrary and capricious because there was insufficient evidence it was needed, and the rule violated the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

While the court found the plaintiffs had standing, it ruled against all their arguments and upheld the rule.

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June 20, 2019 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “A Foreigner Paid $200,000 for Tickets to Trump’s Inaugural. Now He Says He Was Duped.” by Kenneth Vogel (New York Times) for MSN National: “The Political Donor Class Is Mostly White and Male. Some Women of Color […]

Campaign Finance

National: “A Foreigner Paid $200,000 for Tickets to Trump’s Inaugural. Now He Says He Was Duped.” by Kenneth Vogel (New York Times) for MSN

National: “The Political Donor Class Is Mostly White and Male. Some Women of Color Are Trying to Change That.” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee for Washington Post

National: “DC Circuit Rejects NY State GOP-Led Challenge to Anti-‘Pay-to-Play’ Rule” by Tom McPartland for Law.com

Kentucky: “Feds Allege Dad of Alison Lundergan Grimes Wrongly Funneled Money to Her State Races” by Bill Estep and Daniel Desrochers for Lexington Herald-Leader

Ethics

Indiana: “Four Women File Lawsuit Against Curtis Hill. Here’s What It Says About Indiana Lawmakers.” by Kaitlin Lange for Indianapolis Star

Nevada: “Experts Give High Marks to New Law That Will Add Teeth to Nevada’s Public Records Statute” by James DeHaven for Reno Gazette Journal

Lobbying

Maine: “Bill Would Limit Lobbyist Contributions Year-Round” by   for Middletown Press; Associated Press

Montana: “Montana Lobbyist Spending Reports Now Harder to Access” by Corin Cates-Carney for Montana Public Radio

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