August 31, 2020 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Connecticut: “Connecticut Judge: Public campaign grants can pay for child care” by Emilie Munson for Connecticut Post Indiana: “Whiting Mayor, Wife Pulled $255K from Campaign to Fuel Gambling Habit, Pay Credit Card Debt, Feds Say” by Lauren Cross […]

Campaign Finance

Connecticut: “Connecticut Judge: Public campaign grants can pay for child care” by Emilie Munson for Connecticut Post

Indiana: “Whiting Mayor, Wife Pulled $255K from Campaign to Fuel Gambling Habit, Pay Credit Card Debt, Feds Say” by Lauren Cross for Northwest Indiana Times

Ohio: “Ohio Elections Commission Fines Anti-Nuclear Bailout Campaign Group for Not Disclosing Donors” by Andrew Tobias for Cleveland Plain Dealer

Elections

National: “Election Security Officials See No Sign of Foreign Threat to Mail-In Voting” by Devlin Barrett (Washington Post) for MSN

Arkansas: “2 Measures Kicked Off State Ballot” by John Moritz for Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

California: “Biden-Linked Firm Won California Voter Outreach Contract” by Kathleen Ronayne and Chris Blood for Associated Press News

Ethics

National: “U.S Political Divide Becomes Increasingly Violent, Rattling Activists and Police” by Tim Craig for Washington Post

National: “How Trump’s Company Charged the U.S. Government More Than $900,000” by David Fahrenthold, Josh Dawsey, and Joshua Partlow (Washington Post) for Seattle Times

Ohio: “FirstEnergy, Caught Up in FBI Investigation, Used Its ‘Political Might’ to Pressure the Ohio Statehouse” by John Caniglia (Cleveland Plain Dealer) for MSN

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August 27, 2020 •

By-Election – Toronto Centre (Ontario) Seat in House of Commons To Be Announced on Future Date

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Sometime before February 20, 2021, a federal by-election will be announced for the seat in the House of Commons representing Toronto Centre in the province of Ontario. On August 24, the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Stéphane Perrault, received official […]

Sometime before February 20, 2021, a federal by-election will be announced for the seat in the House of Commons representing Toronto Centre in the province of Ontario.

On August 24, the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Stéphane Perrault, received official notice from the Speaker of the House of Commons that the seat for Toronto Centre (Ontario) became vacant following the resignation of Bill Morneau.

On August 17, amid controversies dealing with his involvement with the WE Charity scandal, Morneau resigned from his seat in the House of Commons and as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s finance minister. Morneau intends to seek the position of secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, according to CBC.ca.

Under the law, the by-election date must be announced between September 4, 2020, and February 20, 2021, and will signal the start of the by-election period. According to Elections Canada, the earliest date the by-election can be held is October 12, 2020.

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August 27, 2020 •

North Dakota Supreme Court Removes Measure 3 from November Ballot

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The North Dakota Supreme Court granted a writ of injunction to keep Measure 3 off the ballot. In a unanimous ruling, the justices enjoined Secretary of State Al Jaeger from placing the initiated measure on the ballot. The measure seeks […]

The North Dakota Supreme Court granted a writ of injunction to keep Measure 3 off the ballot.

In a unanimous ruling, the justices enjoined Secretary of State Al Jaeger from placing the initiated measure on the ballot.

The measure seeks to amend the North Dakota Constitution concerning elections and legislative districting, referencing the North Dakota Century Code.

Additionally, it does not comply with the constitutional requirement to contain the full text of the measure.

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August 27, 2020 •

Texas Governor Sets Special Election for Senate Seat

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Gov. Greg Abbott ordered an emergency special election on September 29 for Texas State Senate District 30. The emergency order will elect a state senator to serve out the unexpired term of Pat Fallon, who announced his plans to resign […]

Gov. Greg Abbott ordered an emergency special election on September 29 for Texas State Senate District 30.

The emergency order will elect a state senator to serve out the unexpired term of Pat Fallon, who announced his plans to resign from the seat effective January 4, 2021.

Additionally, Fallon announced his plans to run for election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Texas.

This move allowed Gov. Abbott to call the special election ahead of the vacancy.

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August 27, 2020 •

Idaho Legislature Wraps Up Special Session

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The Legislature concluded its special session late Wednesday night after three days of protests and public outrage regarding the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Three bills were sent to Gov. Brad Little’s desk, including two election related bills and […]

The Legislature concluded its special session late Wednesday night after three days of protests and public outrage regarding the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Three bills were sent to Gov. Brad Little’s desk, including two election related bills and a bill shielding businesses and schools from coronavirus-related lawsuits.

The election related bills would guarantee in-person voting would be allowed in some form across Idaho.

This was guaranteed regardless of any emergency orders in effect.

The bills would also buy more time for county clerks to process the expected large influx of mail-in ballots for the November election.

Gov. Little has five days from the time he receives the bills to either sign them or veto them.

If he does neither, the bills will become law automatically.

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August 27, 2020 •

Wisconsin Governor Calls Special Session

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is calling the legislature into special session. The main topic will be to consider a package of nine bills introduced in June relating to police reform in the wake of recent protests. The special session is […]

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is calling the legislature into special session.

The main topic will be to consider a package of nine bills introduced in June relating to police reform in the wake of recent protests.

The special session is set to begin at noon on August 31.

The length of the session will be determined by the Legislature.

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August 27, 2020 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Elections National: “Inside the Democratic Party’s Plan to Prevent Vote-by-Mail Disaster” by Zach Montellaro and Elena Schneider for Politico National: “Focus on Trump’s Official White House Actions as Part of Republican Convention Programming Raises Hatch Act Concerns” by Michelle Ye […]

Elections

National: “Inside the Democratic Party’s Plan to Prevent Vote-by-Mail Disaster” by Zach Montellaro and Elena Schneider for Politico

National: “Focus on Trump’s Official White House Actions as Part of Republican Convention Programming Raises Hatch Act Concerns” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Josh Dawsey (Washington Post) for Philadelphia Inquirer

Kansas: “With Teen Staying in Kansas House Race, Democrats Weigh Bad Behavior Against Voter Will” by Jonathan Shorman and Steve Vockrodt for Kansas City Star

Montana: “Supreme Court Rejects Republican Effort to Restore Green Party Candidates on Montana Ballot” by Nicholas Iovino for Courthouse News Service

North Dakota: “North Dakota Supreme Court Orders Measure 3 Removed from Ballot” by Jack Dura for Bismarck Tribune

Ethics

California: “FBI L.A. Chief Reassigned Amid Flap Over Agents’ Meeting at Dodgers Playoff Game” by Josh Gerstein for Politico

Illinois: “Feds Charge a Former Cook County Commissioner with Corruption” by Dan Mihalopoulos for WBEZ

Maryland: “MES Board Members Say McGrath Assured Them Governor Was on Board with Payout; Hogan Says He Wasn’t Involved in Decisions” by Pamela Wood for Baltimore Sun

Lobbying

Arizona: “Maricopa County Won’t Pursue Charges Over Explicit Photos of Arizona Lawmaker Sent to Lobbyist” by Andrew Oxford for Arizona Republic

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August 26, 2020 •

Judge Orders Paterson, NJ City Council Special Election

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On August 19, Superior Court Judge Ernest Caposela voided the results of the May elections for the Paterson, New Jersey City Council’s Third Ward. Judge Caposela ordered a special election to fill the vacant seat with the five previously filed […]

On August 19, Superior Court Judge Ernest Caposela voided the results of the May elections for the Paterson, New Jersey City Council’s Third Ward.

Judge Caposela ordered a special election to fill the vacant seat with the five previously filed candidates.

After losing the May elections, incumbent William McKoy initiated a lawsuit.

The lawsuit cites fraud by the Councilman-elect Alex Mendez and disputes the election results.

Additionally, Mr. Mendez is currently facing voter fraud charges from the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General.

Finally, the special election will be held on November 3 along with a special election for the City Council’s Second Ward.

The Second Ward seat remains vacant after the May municipal elections ended in a tie after three recounts.

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August 26, 2020 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Wife of Ex-California Congressman Duncan Hunter Sentenced for Corruption” by Julie Watson (Associated Press) for Riverside Press-Enterprise Ohio: “Ohio Elections Commission to Consider Sanctioning Failed Campaign to Repeal Nuclear Bailout Bill” by Andrew Tobias for Cleveland Plain […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Wife of Ex-California Congressman Duncan Hunter Sentenced for Corruption” by Julie Watson (Associated Press) for Riverside Press-Enterprise

Ohio: “Ohio Elections Commission to Consider Sanctioning Failed Campaign to Repeal Nuclear Bailout Bill” by Andrew Tobias for Cleveland Plain Dealer

Elections

National: “More Than 500,000 Mail Ballots Were Rejected in the Primaries. That Could Make the Difference in Battleground States This Fall.” by Elise Viebeck (Washington Post) for MSN

Ethics

California: “Lobbyist Agrees to Plea Deal in L.A. City Hall Corruption Case” by Emily Alpert Reyes and Joel Rubin for Los Angeles Times

Connecticut: “Top Lamont Aide Had a $100K Job in 2017 with Eversource, the Utility That the Governor Says He’ll Hold Accountable” by Jon Lender for Hartford Courant

Florida: “Ethics Referendum Passes with 62% Support from Voters in City of Naples” by Brittany Carolini for Naples Daily News

Wisconsin: “Milwaukee Ethics Board Votes to Subpoena Former Fire and Police Commission Chairman’s Income Tax Records” by Alison Dirr for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Lobbying

National: “Black, Latino Lobbyists Bristle at Progressives Pushing Corporate K Street Ban on Biden” by Alex Gangitano for The Hill

National: “Consultant Charged in Covert Lobbying of Trump Officials” by Eric Tucker (Associated Press) for Courthouse News Service

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August 25, 2020 •

North Dakota Ethics Commission Will Have Public Hearing on Proposed Rules

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The North Dakota Ethics Commission announced it will hold a public hearing to address proposed rules. The hearing will take place at 9:00 a.m. on September 15. The proposed rules implement Article XIV of the North Dakota Constitution relating to […]

The North Dakota Ethics Commission announced it will hold a public hearing to address proposed rules.

The hearing will take place at 9:00 a.m. on September 15.

The proposed rules implement Article XIV of the North Dakota Constitution relating to allowable gifts between lobbyists and public officials and may be reviewed at  https://www.ethicscommission.nd.gov/.

Written or oral comments may be submitted to 101 Slate Drive, Suite #4, Bismarck, North Dakota, 58503, or via email to ethicscommmission@nd.gov.

All comments received by September 29 will be considered.

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August 25, 2020 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Appeals Court Backs Greater Disclosure of ‘Dark Money’ Donors” by Josh Gerstein for Politico North Carolina: “Powerful NC Lawmaker Took Donors’ Money for His Own Use, Prosecutors Say” by Will Doran for Raleigh News and Observer Elections […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Appeals Court Backs Greater Disclosure of ‘Dark Money’ Donors” by Josh Gerstein for Politico

North Carolina: “Powerful NC Lawmaker Took Donors’ Money for His Own Use, Prosecutors Say” by Will Doran for Raleigh News and Observer

Elections

National: “Trump’s Suggestion of Deploying Law Enforcement Officials to Monitor Polls Raises Specter of Voting intimidation” by Rosalind Helderman, Josh Dawsey, and Matt Zapotosky for Washington Post

National: “The Pandemic Is Creating a New Crop of Political Candidates: Unemployed workers” by Eli Rosenberg for Washington Post

Tennessee: “Tennessee Gov Signs Bill Upping Penalties on Some Protests” by Kimberlee Kruesi and Jonathan Mattise for Associated Press News

Ethics

Missouri: “Plenty of Blame: Audit slams Page, council and county auditor for failures that enabled Stenger schemes” by Jeremy Kohler for St. Louis Post-Dispatch

New York: “N.Y. Attorney General Asks Judge to Order Eric Trump’s Testimony” by William Rashbaum and Danny Hakim for New York Times

Ohio: “How Mid-Level Ohio Political Operative Jeff Longstreth Found Himself at Heart of Householder Scandal” by Jesse Balmert (Cincinnati Enquirer) for Akron Beacon Journal

Lobbying

National: “New Bill Seeks to Bring Lobbying Out of the Shadows” by Donald Shaw for Sludge

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August 24, 2020 •

Federal Appellate Court Upholds District Court’s Invalidation of FEC Disclosure Regulation

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On August 21, the federal D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2018 federal District Court ruling invalidating a federal campaign finance regulation limiting the disclosure requirements of organizations making independent expenditures. On August 3, 2018, a federal district court […]

On August 21, the federal D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2018 federal District Court ruling invalidating a federal campaign finance regulation limiting the disclosure requirements of organizations making independent expenditures.

On August 3, 2018, a federal district court had ruled a campaign finance disclosure regulation followed for decades by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) failed to uphold disclosure requirements required by a federal statute.

Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell of the United States District Court for The District of Columbia issued an order, in CREW v. FEC, vacating 11 C.F.R. §109.10(e)(1)(vi), but stayed the vacatur to give time for the FEC to issue interim regulations comporting with the statutory disclosure requirements of 52 U.S.C. §30104(c). The court also has allowed the FEC 30 days to change an earlier FEC dismissal to conform with the court’s ruling. The FEC has not yet replaced the rule.

The case originated because of independent expenditures made in a 2012 Ohio senate race by the non-political social-welfare nonprofit Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (Crossroads GPS), an affiliate of the American Crossroads Super PAC. Crossroads GPS did not report donors when reporting its independent expenditures, while it acknowledged receiving contributions over $200, arguing the donors did not donate funds directly tied to any specific reported expenditure, as the FEC interpreted 11 C.F.R. §109.10(e)(1)(vi) to require.

Non-political committees making independent expenditures over $250 in a calendar year must comply with disclosure obligations closely analogous to those imposed on political committees.

The vacated regulation required the identification of each person who made a contribution in excess of $200 to the person filing a disclosure report, including for non-political 501(c)(4) non-profit entities making independent expenditures, if the contribution was made for the purpose of furthering the reported independent expenditure. The district court found the regulation, as construed and applied by the FEC, did not require the disclosure of donors, absent the donor’s express agreement that the funds be used for the specific expenditures reported to the FEC, even though the donor may otherwise support and in fact contribute for the purpose of funding those expenditures.

The district court had found the regulation impermissibly narrows the mandated disclosure in 52 U.S.C. §30104(c)(2)(C), which requires the identification of such donors contributing for the purpose of furthering the non-political committee’s own express advocacy for or against the election of a federal candidate, even when the donor has not expressly directed that the funds be used in the precise manner reported.

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August 24, 2020 •

Ohio Lawmakers Draft Articles of Impeachment against Gov DeWine

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Three Republican lawmakers have introduced articles of impeachment against Gov. Mike DeWine over his COVID-19 response. A resolution introduced by Representatives John Becker (Clermont County) and co-sponsors Nino Vitale (Champaign County) and Paul Zeltwanger (Warren County) includes 10 articles of […]

Three Republican lawmakers have introduced articles of impeachment against Gov. Mike DeWine over his COVID-19 response.

A resolution introduced by Representatives John Becker (Clermont County) and co-sponsors Nino Vitale (Champaign County) and Paul Zeltwanger (Warren County) includes 10 articles of impeachment against DeWine.

The trio allege his handling of the pandemic violated the Ohio and United States Constitution, in addition to several sections of the Ohio Revised Code.

The articles claim DeWine interfered in the primary election and violated the separation of powers by having the Department of Health issue orders outside the scope of its authority.

In order for DeWine to be removed from office, a majority of the House would need to approve the resolution, and then two-thirds of the Senate would have to vote to convict him.

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August 24, 2020 •

North Carolina Lobbyist Reporting During Session Extended Due to COVID-19

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North Carolina’s General Assembly has extended the legislative session to adjourn sine die on September 3. This extension will allow for consideration of matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Registered lobbyists who make an expenditure on legislators and legislative employees […]

North Carolina’s General Assembly has extended the legislative session to adjourn sine die on September 3.

This extension will allow for consideration of matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registered lobbyists who make an expenditure on legislators and legislative employees will also be required to file monthly reports.

This is the case, as the General Assembly is still in session due to the extension.

Monthly reports are due 10 business days after the end of the month.

In addition, the August report will be due on September 15.

A monthly report for September will not be required as that activity may be incorporated in the Quarterly report due on October 21.

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