January 7, 2019 •

Federal Judge Enjoins Maryland from Enforcing Provisions of Election Law

U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm, has enjoined Maryland from enforcing M.C.E.L. §§ 13-405 and 13-405.1. The statutes in question, require online platforms, like search engines and social media sites, to publicly disclose the contact information and amount paid by […]

U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm, has enjoined Maryland from enforcing M.C.E.L. §§ 13-405 and 13-405.1.

The statutes in question, require online platforms, like search engines and social media sites, to publicly disclose the contact information and amount paid by the purchaser to the online platform for the placement of the qualifying paid digital communication within 48 hours.

In the 50-page opinion, the judge concludes the statutes encroach on First Amendment freedoms. The state may file an interlocutory appeal.

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October 1, 2018 •

California Governor Signs “Social Media DISCLOSE Act”

On September 26, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill concerning political advertising in social media. Assembly Bill 2188, the “Social Media DISCLOSE Act”, requires disclosure for advertisements made “via a form of electronic media that allows users to engage […]

On September 26, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill concerning political advertising in social media. Assembly Bill 2188, the “Social Media DISCLOSE Act”, requires disclosure for advertisements made “via a form of electronic media that allows users to engage in discourse and post content, or any other type of social media”, and is paid for by a political party or a candidate-controlled committee.

The disclosure obligations fall on both the registered political parties and committees and on the “online platforms.” The online platform must maintain and make available for online public inspection a digital copy of a political advertisement, the number of impressions generated from the ad, information regarding the total amount spent on the advertisements, and other relevant information.

The bill defines an online platform as a “public-facing Internet Web site, web application, or digital application, including a social network, ad network, or search engine, that sells advertisements directly to advertisers. A public-facing Internet Web site, web application, or digital application is not an online platform for purposes of this [Act] to the extent that it displays advertisements that are sold directly to advertisers through another online platform.” The online platforms will be required to include with each political advertisement a disclosure of who funded the ad or a hyperlink to a website containing the required disclosures.

The bill takes effect on January 1, 2020.

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April 7, 2016 •

Thursday News Roundup

Lobbying Missouri: “Missouri Lawmakers Strike a Deal on Revolving-Door Lobbyist Ban” by Jason Hancock for Kansas City Star Campaign Finance New York: “Vote to Close ‘LLC Loophole’ Deadlocks, but Could Impact Lawsuit” by Chris Bragg for Albany Times Union Virgina: […]

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Missouri: “Missouri Lawmakers Strike a Deal on Revolving-Door Lobbyist Ban” by Jason Hancock for Kansas City Star

Campaign Finance

New York: “Vote to Close ‘LLC Loophole’ Deadlocks, but Could Impact Lawsuit” by Chris Bragg for Albany Times Union

Virgina: “Virginia Lawmakers Banish Pricey Gifts – But Not Fundraisers” by Alan Suderman (Associated Press) for ABC News

Ethics

Ethics Watchdog Urges Full Probe of Senate Hopeful Grayson” by Cristina Marcos for The Hill

Alabama: “Lawmaker Takes First Step in an Effort to Impeach Alabama’s Governor” by Campbell Robertson and Alan Blinder for New York Times

Connecticut: “Former Investment Director for Quasi-Public Agency Fined In Ethics Probe” by David Altimari for Hartford Courant

Massachusetts: “Prosecutors Investigate Fees Collected by Joyce on Randolph Projects” by Andrea Estes and Shelley Murphy for Boston Globe

Elections

Trump Effect Hits Dem Convention” by Megan Wilson Megan Wilson for The Hill

Legislative Issues

Tennessee: “Bible Could Soon Be Tennessee’s Official Book” by Katie Rogers for New York Times

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February 4, 2016 •

Roundtable Scheduled and Comment Period Extended for Advisory Opinion Regarding Lobbying and Social Media

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics will be hosting a roundtable discussion on February 12th on proposed guidance on the topic of social media activities and whether certain activities are considered lobbying under the New York Lobbying Act. JCOPE has […]

JCOPEThe Joint Commission on Public Ethics will be hosting a roundtable discussion on February 12th on proposed guidance on the topic of social media activities and whether certain activities are considered lobbying under the New York Lobbying Act. JCOPE has extended the comment period through February 19th.

The original comment period ran through January 11th, and involved input regarding when social media activity constitutes reportable lobbying activity in terms of direct lobbying, grassroots lobbying, and linking to a lobbying website.

The commission is also seeking input on whether expenditures made in connection with social media activity could be considered “expenses” under the Lobbying Act.

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December 21, 2015 •

New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics Seeking Public Comment

As more lobbyists turn to the internet and social media, the New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics has begun soliciting informal comments on the applicability of New York’s Lobbying Act to social media activities. The Commission seeks guidance on […]

Seal of New YorkAs more lobbyists turn to the internet and social media, the New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics has begun soliciting informal comments on the applicability of New York’s Lobbying Act to social media activities.

The Commission seeks guidance on when social media activity constitutes reportable lobbying activity in terms of direct lobbying, grassroots lobbying, and linking to a lobbying website.

The Committee is also seeking input on whether expenditures made in connection with social media activity could be considered “expenses” under the Lobbying Act.

Comments will be taken by the Committee until January 11, 2016.

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January 26, 2015 •

Government Tech and Social Media Report

“Google Reveals its Innovation Lab for Government” by Jason Shueh in Government Technology. “The Federal Government May be Unpopular, but Science and Tech Agencies Remain a Hit” by Hallie Golden in Nextgov. “For Feds, Choosing Cloud Services is a Lot […]

government techGoogle Reveals its Innovation Lab for Government” by Jason Shueh in Government Technology.

The Federal Government May be Unpopular, but Science and Tech Agencies Remain a Hit” by Hallie Golden in Nextgov.

For Feds, Choosing Cloud Services is a Lot Like Dating” by Frank Konkel in Nextgov.

Maine: “Social media trending in municipal government” by Kelley Bouchard in the Portland Press Herald.

South Carolina: “Social media to be banned for state employees while working” by Cassie Cope in The State.

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January 6, 2015 •

Government Tech and Social Media Report

Government Tech “Morning Tech” by Tony Romm, Erin Mershon, Brooks Boliek and Alex Byers on Politico. “The Mobile Wave Still Looks Like a Trickle in Government” by Jack Moore in Nextgov. “From Federal Hill, federal contractor patrols social networks for […]

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Morning Tech” by Tony Romm, Erin Mershon, Brooks Boliek and Alex Byers on Politico.

The Mobile Wave Still Looks Like a Trickle in Government” by Jack Moore in Nextgov.

From Federal Hill, federal contractor patrols social networks for spies” by Ian Duncan in The Baltimore Sun.

Why Commercial Clouds are More Secure than Federal Data Centers” by Roger Baker in Nextgov.

Data-Driven Innovation: Why States Should Build Multipurpose Analytics Platforms” by Daniel Castro in Government Technology.

Social Media

Inside the Twitter world of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker” by Everett Merrill in the Daily Record.

Nevada: “Money talks: What Las Vegas-area cities spend on communication” by Bethany Barnes, Ben Botkin, James Dehaven and Eric Hartley in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Open Government

Yes, That Text Message Is a Public Record” by Michael Grass in Government Executive.

Can Transparency Be Legislated?” by Paul Eder in Government Executive.

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December 17, 2014 •

Government Tech and Social Media Report

“Citizen Engagement: Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus” by Emily Jarvis in GovLoop. “3 Bold Predictions for 2015” by Patrick Fiorenza in GovLoop. “White House Launches Open Data Disaster Portal” in Government Technology. “Eastern Foundry, A New Government Tech […]

government techCitizen Engagement: Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus” by Emily Jarvis in GovLoop.

3 Bold Predictions for 2015” by Patrick Fiorenza in GovLoop.

White House Launches Open Data Disaster Portal” in Government Technology.

Eastern Foundry, A New Government Tech Incubator Opens” by Eric Hal Schwartz in InTheCapitol.

Arizona: “How an Arizona Town Uses Its Website and Facebook to Promote Local Businesses” by Michael Grass in Government Executive.

Massachusetts: “Boston hackathon app helps upgrade city permitting system” by David Stegon in StateScoop.

Tennessee City Bans Negative Social Media Comments” by Michael Grass in Government Executive.

Texas: “Texas Wants to Be a Cloud Model for Other States” by Eric Pfeiffer in Government Executive.

Washington: “Washington state audit reveals cyber weakness” by David Stegon in in StateScoop.

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November 4, 2014 •

Digital Government & Politics – Election Day Edition

A news summary where government and politics meet tech and social media: 2014 Midterm Elections “Google, Facebook aim to get out the vote” by Julian Hattem in The Hill. “Cell Phones, Social Media and Campaign 2014” by Aaron Smith in […]

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2014 Midterm Elections

Google, Facebook aim to get out the vote” by Julian Hattem in The Hill.

Cell Phones, Social Media and Campaign 2014” by Aaron Smith in Pew Internet Research Project.

Help Us #FactcheckFacebook’s Election Efforts Today” by Micah L. Sifry in TechPresident.

10 Races Federal Employees Should Watch on Election Day” by Eric Katz on Government Executive.

YouTube Elections

Bing Elections and Voter Guide – U.S. Senate Predictions

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E-Government

Is E-Gov Really Delivering?” by Tod Newcombe in Government Technology.

Recreation.gov a Test Case for Government Tech” by Miranda Neubauer in TechPresident.

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September 18, 2014 •

Thursday News Roundup

Lobbying “Under Contract” in The Hill. “Anthony Weiner and the Revolving Door” by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in The Huffington Post. “Eric Cantor’s out, Wall Street’s still in” by Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman in Politico. “Lyft hires Gephardt’s K […]

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Under Contract” in The Hill.

Anthony Weiner and the Revolving Door” by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in The Huffington Post.

Eric Cantor’s out, Wall Street’s still in” by Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman in Politico.

Lyft hires Gephardt’s K Street firm” by Julian Hattem in The Hill.

Ontario, Canada: “McGuinty’s gig as a lobbyist problematic” by Andrew Coyne in the Leader-Post.

Campaign Finance

Dems Getting Stingier With Campaign Cash to Colleagues” by Lalita Clozel on Open Secrets Blog.

Colorado: “Citizens United wants press exemption from CO campaign finance disclosure” by Tess Cheek in The Colorado Independent.

Georgia: “Atlanta City Council weighs in on campaign finance issue” by Dave Williams in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Rhode Island: “Law professors debate campaign finance reform” by Aliza Reisner in the Brown Daily Herald.

Ethics

Florida: “Florida Ethics Commission dismisses complaints against Mayor Brown and Clay County School Board officials, not so Rep. Fullwood case” by David Bauerlein in The Florida Times-Union.

Elections

Bigger and Better Things: Staffers Who Run for Office” by Rebecca Gale in Roll Call.

Dems, GOP hone messages for final campaign push” by Alexander Bolton in The Hill.

5 States Put Voting Reform to the Voters” by J.B. Wogan in Governing.

Ohio: “John Kasich, Ed FitzGerald won’t debate, a first in Ohio gubernatorial contests since the late ’70s” by Robert Higgs in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

State Legislatures

California: “Governor signs much-debated ridesharing bill” by Allen Young in the Sacramento Business Journal.

Nevada: “Education called top priority for Nevada Legislature” by Laura Myers in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Nevada: “Tesla triumphs: Sandoval signs off on$1.3 billion untax package” by Dennis Myers in the Reno News & Review.

North Dakota: “Western ND lawmakers want $800 million for development” by Jessica Holdman in the Bismarck Tribune.

Virginia: “Va. House of Delegates plans to vote on Medicaid expansion” by Laura Vozella in The Washington Post.

Tech and Social Media

Tweets made easy for bankers lobbying lawmakers” by Greg Edwards in the St. Louis Business Journal.

Twitter’s new guide for campaigners” by Darren Samuelsohn in Politico.

Tennessee: “Chattanooga Launches Website to Track City Goals” by Joy Lukachick Smith in Government Technology.

 

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June 20, 2014 •

Facebook “Like” by Lobbyist Complaint Dismissed by KS Ethics Commission

On June 18, the Kansas Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint accusing a candidate of soliciting contributions from lobbyists through social media, according to the Kansas City Star. On May 1, while the Legislature was still in session, a Facebook page […]

like buttonOn June 18, the Kansas Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint accusing a candidate of soliciting contributions from lobbyists through social media, according to the Kansas City Star.

On May 1, while the Legislature was still in session, a Facebook page for former state Sen. Jean Schodorf’s campaign was posted seeking help to raise money for her political campaign for secretary of state. Clay Barker, the state GOP executive director, made a complaint after a lobbyist “liked” the page. State law prohibits candidates from seeking contributions from lobbyists while the Legislature is in session.

Schodorf told the Star the commission informed her they found no probable cause to believe she violated the law and dismissed the complaint.

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May 16, 2014 •

Discover a Great Compliance Group on LinkedIn!

If you are a government relations professional who is interested in the latest news on compliance, we encourage you to join our Government Relations Compliance LinkedIn Group! You can discover what colleagues are talking about, and how they are solving […]

If you are a government relations professional who is interested in the latest news on compliance, we encourage you to join our Government Relations Compliance LinkedIn Group!

You can discover what colleagues are talking about, and how they are solving the challenges in complying with government rules and regulations for lobbying, grassroots lobbying, political contributions, and procurement. Take a look and join the conversation!

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May 7, 2014 •

Wednesday Government Relations News

Lobbying “Lobbying World” in The Hill. “Lobby cash goes underground in PR boom” by Megan R. Wilson in The Hill. “Former Rep. Andrews registers as lobbyist” by Mario Trujillo in The Hill. “Number of Lobbyists That Leave K Street for […]

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Lobbying World” in The Hill.

Lobby cash goes underground in PR boom” by Megan R. Wilson in The Hill.

Former Rep. Andrews registers as lobbyist” by Mario Trujillo in The Hill.

Number of Lobbyists That Leave K Street for Capitol Hill Reaches 10-Year Low” by Ayobami Olugbemiga in InTheCapital.

Rhode Island: “R.I.’s probe into 38 Studios loan expanding; lawmakers report threatening letters” by Katherine Gregg in the Providence Journal.

Campaign Finance

Connecticut: “Connecticut lawmakers pass back-up funding stream for public campaign financing fund” by The Associated Press in The Republic.

Maine: “Maine group seeks ballot initiative on clean elections, campaign finance laws” by The Associated Press in The Republic.

New York: “Finishing the Job Teddy Roosevelt Started: Public Financing of Elections” by Governor Andrew Cuomo in The Huffington Post.

New York: “Senate Democrats: More Reasons Than Ever To Adopt Reform Bills” by Karen DeWitt on WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

Virginia: “Lawyers: Supreme Court rulings on campaign finance limits favor McDonnell defense arguments” by Alan Suderman (Associated Press) in the Star Tribune.

Wisconsin: “Federal judge orders halt to ‘John Doe’ investigation” by Dee J. Hall in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Ethics

Kansas: “Associates of Kansas Governor Are Investigated Over Fund-Raising and Lobbying” by Jonathan Martin in The New York Times.

Kentucky: “Member Of Ethics Panel Resigns Over Arnold Case” by The Associated Press on WUKY.

Michigan: “Ex-Meijer attorney tells ethics panel he didn’t know retailer violated campaign finance law” by Shandra Martinez in Michigan Live.

South Carolina: “SC House panel OKs ethics plan over Haley’s objection” by Jamie Self in The State.

Texas: “Rick Perry addresses ethics probe” by The Associated Press in Politico.

Government Tech and Social Media

Politicos make a splash on Time’s ’140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2014′” by Billy Mitchell in FedScoop.

 

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April 15, 2014 •

We’re a Proud Sponsor of YouToo Social Media Conference 2014

  On April 11, Megan Huber, Joe May, Elliott Postlewait, and Jim Sedor from State and Federal Communications, Inc. attended the 2014 YouToo Social Media Conference at Kent State University. The event was co-hosted by the Akron Area Public Relations Society […]

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On April 11, Megan Huber, Joe May, Elliott Postlewait, and Jim Sedor from State and Federal Communications, Inc. attended the 2014 YouToo Social Media Conference at Kent State University. The event was co-hosted by the Akron Area Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Kent State Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

State and Federal Communications was proud to be a sponsor of this great conference.

YouToo never fails to be an extraordinary place to learn about best practices and latest strategies in social media communications. Some of the top moments included the opening plenary with Andrea Weckerle, keynote speaker Danny Brown, and a lively panel with Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver and Cleveland City Councilperson Joe Cimperman.

You can see the lineup of speakers on the event page. I would highly recommend keeping a watchful eye on YouToo’s YouTube channel for videos from the 2014 conference!

Thank you, Akron Area PRSA and Kent PRSSA. We had a wonderful time.

 

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