April 24, 2020 •

Hawaii Ethics Commission Further Extends Deadline for Lobbyist Reports

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On April 24, the Hawaii State Ethics Commission further extended the deadline for lobbyist and employer activity reports to June 1 in response to COVID-19. Originally, reports for the January 1 to February 29 period were due on March 31. […]

On April 24, the Hawaii State Ethics Commission further extended the deadline for lobbyist and employer activity reports to June 1 in response to COVID-19.

Originally, reports for the January 1 to February 29 period were due on March 31.

The stay-at-home orders prompted the commission to extend the deadline to April 30.

Now the deadline has been further extended to June 1.

This does not affect lobbyist and employer activity reports due June 1 for the reporting period of March 1 to April 30.

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April 24, 2020 •

Wisconsin Republicans Postpone Party Convention Until July

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The Republican Party of Wisconsin postponed its annual state convention from May to July because of the coronavirus pandemic. The convention will now take place over two days instead of three on July 10-11 in Green Bay. State Democrats have […]

The Republican Party of Wisconsin postponed its annual state convention from May to July because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The convention will now take place over two days instead of three on July 10-11 in Green Bay.

State Democrats have already changed their convention to one day, June 12, in Wisconsin Dells.

Additionally, the party will decide by May 1 whether it will be in-person or change to a virtual event.

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April 24, 2020 •

Connecticut Ethics Commission Announces Filing Extensions

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the State Ethics Commission announced a filing deadline extension for lobbyist monthly and quarterly reports until July 10. This extension affects monthly reports due on April 10, May 10, and June 10, in which […]

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the State Ethics Commission announced a filing deadline extension for lobbyist monthly and quarterly reports until July 10.

This extension affects monthly reports due on April 10, May 10, and June 10, in which the lobbyist has expended or agreed to expend $100 or more in furtherance of lobbying activities to influence legislative action in the preceding month.

The filing deadline for the first quarterly report was also extended until July 10.

The commission is expected to send out further details by email to notify all filers.

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April 23, 2020 •

Connecticut General Assembly Announces Session Will Not Reconvene

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On April 21, the General Assembly announced the regular session will not reconvene before the May 6 constitutional adjournment date. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the legislative session has been suspended since March 11. Legislative leaders expect a special […]

On April 21, the General Assembly announced the regular session will not reconvene before the May 6 constitutional adjournment date.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the legislative session has been suspended since March 11.

Legislative leaders expect a special session to be called in the coming months to address pending bills to ensure the continuity of government functions.

This does not immediately affect lobbyist reporting.

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April 23, 2020 •

Oregon Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Campaign Contribution Limits

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The Oregon Supreme Court, reversing its longstanding ban on strict campaign finance limits, ruled in favor of a voter approved Multnomah County law putting a $500 limit on campaign donations. The court concluded contribution limits are not invalid under the state […]

The Oregon Supreme Court, reversing its longstanding ban on strict campaign finance limits, ruled in favor of a voter approved Multnomah County law putting a $500 limit on campaign donations.

The court concluded contribution limits are not invalid under the state constitution.

The case has been sent back to a lower court to decide whether Multnomah County’s dollar limits themselves are too low, while tossing out the limits Multnomah County voters set on campaign expenditures.

The ruling could lead to new campaign finance limits throughout the state.

Oregon voters will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment this fall allowing limits on the flow of big money into political campaigns.

Oregon has been one of only a handful of states in the country with no limits on political donations and spending.

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April 23, 2020 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance Oregon: “Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Violated Campaign Finance Disclosure Rules, City Elections Official Says” by Everton Bailey Jr. for Portland Oregonian Elections Wisconsin: “Vote by Mail in Wisconsin Helped a Liberal Candidate, Upending Old Theories” by Reid Epstein […]

Campaign Finance

Oregon: “Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Violated Campaign Finance Disclosure Rules, City Elections Official Says” by Everton Bailey Jr. for Portland Oregonian

Elections

Wisconsin: “Vote by Mail in Wisconsin Helped a Liberal Candidate, Upending Old Theories” by Reid Epstein for New York Times

Ethics

National: “The Quiet Hand of Conservative Groups in the Anti-Lockdown Protests” by Kenneth Vogel, Jim Rutenberg, and Lisa Lerer (New York Times) for MSN

National: “Ethics Guidance on Coronavirus Relief Package: Lawmakers may be able to apply for some loans” by Chris Marquette for Roll Call

National: “Donna Shalala, Lone Democrat Overseeing $500B Virus Fund, Didn’t Disclose 2019 Stock Sales” by Alex Daugherty for Tampa Bay Times

Michigan: “Michigan Cancels Contract with Two Democratic-Linked Firms That Had Been Tapped to Track Coronavirus” by Matt Viser and Josh Dawsey (Washington Post) for Connecticut Post

Lobbying

National: “Cory Gardner Attended Pricey Champagne Party in Palm Beach. A Colorado Lawmaker Wants an Investigation.” by Jason Wingerter for Denver Post

National: “Small Business Rescue Cash Isn’t for Lobbyists, Judge Rules” by Erik Larson (Bloomberg) for Washington Post

Illinois: “Mayor Lori Lightfoot Introduces Plan to Change Chicago’s City Ethics Rules, Again Allowing Some Elected Officials to Lobby City Government” by John Byrne for Chicago Tribune

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April 22, 2020 •

St. Louis Special Election Scheduled for June 23

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The special election to fill two vacancies on the Board of Aldermen, originally scheduled for May 19, has been postponed to June 23 by a state appeals court panel. Mayor Lyda Krewson had requested the Board of Elections postpone the […]

The special election to fill two vacancies on the Board of Aldermen, originally scheduled for May 19, has been postponed to June 23 by a state appeals court panel.

Mayor Lyda Krewson had requested the Board of Elections postpone the special election in wards 4 and 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The board had to go to court to reschedule as, under city charter requirements, May 19 was the latest possible date for voting in Ward 4.

Additionally May 26 the latest date allowed in Ward 12.

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April 22, 2020 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Trump-Backed Online Donor Platform Launches at State Level Ahead of Redistricting” by Scott Bland for Politico California: “San Diego Mayor’s Nonprofit a Prime Beneficiary of Political Donors’ Largesse” by Jeff McDonald for San Diego Union Tribune Elections […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Trump-Backed Online Donor Platform Launches at State Level Ahead of Redistricting” by Scott Bland for Politico

California: “San Diego Mayor’s Nonprofit a Prime Beneficiary of Political Donors’ Largesse” by Jeff McDonald for San Diego Union Tribune

Elections

Wisconsin: “At Least Seven in Wisconsin Contract Coronavirus During Voting” by Nick Corasaniti and Reid Epstein (New York Times) for MSN

Ethics

National: “Trump Team’s Use of Big Insurer to Dispense Recovery Funds Comes Under Scrutiny” by Maggie Severns and Daniel Lippman for Politico

New Mexico: “Ex-Rio Arriba Official Faces Allegations” by Edmund Carrillo for Albuquerque Journal

Texas: “More Than Half of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Coronavirus Panel on Reopening Texas Are Campaign Donors” by Allie Morris, Ariana Giorgi, and Robert Garrett for Dallas Morning News

Legislative Issues

National: “‘All of It Is Happening All at Once’: When Congress works from home” by Nicholas Fandos and Sheryl Gay Stolberg for New York Times

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April 21, 2020 •

Tuesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Shell Companies Hide Trump Campaign’s Financial Dealings as Super PAC Coordination Rules Kick In” by Anna Massoglia for Center for Responsive Politics Elections Connecticut: “Connecticut Presidential Primary Pushed Back Two More Months to Aug. 11 Due to […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Shell Companies Hide Trump Campaign’s Financial Dealings as Super PAC Coordination Rules Kick In” by Anna Massoglia for Center for Responsive Politics

Elections

Connecticut: “Connecticut Presidential Primary Pushed Back Two More Months to Aug. 11 Due to Coronavirus Concerns” by Christopher Keating for Hartford Courant

North Carolina: “Voting Rights Advocates File Lawsuit Over Allegedly Insecure North Carolina Voting Machines” by Maggie Miller for The Hill

Ethics

National: “GOP’s Growing ‘Open It Up’ Caucus Urges Fewer Virus Restrictions Amid Warnings from Fellow Republicans” by Mike DeBonis (Washington Post) for MSN

National: “A Watchdog Out of Trump’s Grasp Unleashes Wave of Coronavirus Audits” by Kyle Cheney for Politico

Ohio: “Appeals Court Entertains Arguments on Whether Jimmy Dimora Should Receive New Trial” by Eric Heisig for Cleveland Plain Dealer

Lobbying

National: “K Street Is Booming. But There’s a Creeping Sense of Dread.” by Theodoric Meyer and Elena Schneider for Politico

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April 20, 2020 •

Quebec National Assembly Extends Adjournment

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On April 17, the Quebec National Assembly extended its adjournment until May 5 because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The Assembly had agreed on March 17 to adjourn parliamentary business until April 21. At the time, the leaders of the […]

On April 17, the Quebec National Assembly extended its adjournment until May 5 because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Assembly had agreed on March 17 to adjourn parliamentary business until April 21.

At the time, the leaders of the four parliamentary groups left open the option to recommend to the President of the National Assembly to extend the adjournment beyond April 21.

Lawmakers plan to hold four virtual committee sessions.

These will allow MPs and members of the opposition groups to exchange views with members of the executive.

These committee sessions will be held between April 24 and May 1.

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April 20, 2020 •

2020 Ohio Primary Election and Census

Wondering how to vote in the 2020 Ohio Primary election? Curious about how the decennial census affects you? The Greater Akron Chamber, our President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz, and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose have you covered!

Wondering how to vote in the 2020 Ohio Primary election?

Curious about how the decennial census affects you?

The Greater Akron Chamber, our President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz, and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose have you covered!

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April 20, 2020 •

Connecticut Governor Reschedules Primary to August

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On April 17, Gov. Ned Lamont signed Executive Order No. 7BB to reschedule the presidential primary to Tuesday, August 11, due to the ongoing public health crisis caused by COVID-19. This is the second rescheduling of the presidential primary and […]

On April 17, Gov. Ned Lamont signed Executive Order No. 7BB to reschedule the presidential primary to Tuesday, August 11, due to the ongoing public health crisis caused by COVID-19.

This is the second rescheduling of the presidential primary and the new date will coincide with the state and federal primary on August 11.

The governor had previously rescheduled the presidential primary from April 28 to June 2.

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April 20, 2020 •

Iowa Filing Deadlines Remain Unchanged

Iowa Capitol

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The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board issued a reminder for campaign disclosure report due dates. Reports for the period of January 1 through May 14 are due no later than 4:30 pm on May 19. Although the board is […]

The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board issued a reminder for campaign disclosure report due dates.

Reports for the period of January 1 through May 14 are due no later than 4:30 pm on May 19.

Although the board is working remotely during the disaster proclamation, because reports are filed electronically, filing deadlines have not changed.

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April 20, 2020 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Biden Campaign’s Selection of Preferred Super PAC Stokes Strife in Democratic Party” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Michael Scherer, and Matt Viser for Washington Post Texas: “Top Travis County Official Returns $5,000 After Campaign Ethics Violation” by […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Biden Campaign’s Selection of Preferred Super PAC Stokes Strife in Democratic Party” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Michael Scherer, and Matt Viser for Washington Post

Texas: “Top Travis County Official Returns $5,000 After Campaign Ethics Violation” by Ryan Autullo for Austin American-Statesman

Washington: “Justices: $18M campaign finance penalty to be reconsidered” by Gene Johnson for AP News

Elections

Louisiana: “Louisiana’s Presidential Primary, Local Elections to Be Delayed Again Amid Coronavirus Pandemic” by Sam Karlin for New Orleans Advocate

Wisconsin: “After Losing Election, State Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly Signals He Will Participate in Voter Rolls Case” by Patrick Marley for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ethics

National: “Matt Gaetz Rents Office Space from Longtime Friend and Donor – at Taxpayer Expense” by Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan for Politico

National: “Trump Interior Official Helped Clear Way for Payments to Ex-Employer” by Adam Cancryn for Politico

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