March 10, 2020 •

Wisconsin Ethics Commission Issues Formal Opinion

Wisconsin State Capitol

Wisconsin State Capitol Building

The Ethics Commission issued its first formal opinion on lobbying since being established in 2016. Ethics Commission Opinion 2020-02 explains what duties on behalf of a principal are exclusive to lobbying. Additionally, the order explains what duties are not exclusive […]

The Ethics Commission issued its first formal opinion on lobbying since being established in 2016.

Ethics Commission Opinion 2020-02 explains what duties on behalf of a principal are exclusive to lobbying.

Additionally, the order explains what duties are not exclusive to lobbying in order to clarify when the lobbyist’s duties require authorization by the fifth day of lobbying communication on behalf of the principal within a six-month reporting period.

For example, serving as the treasurer of a registered political action committee or administrator of a registered conduit are not duties exclusive to lobbying.

The opinion also provides examples of grassroots efforts that are not lobbying.

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June 6, 2019 •

North Carolina Ethics Commission Names Interim Director

North Carolina State Legislative Building

The reconstituted State Ethics Commission has named Kathleen Edwards the interim director. Edwards, who has been a commission attorney, will take the lead role until a permanent director is chosen. The commission was merged with the State Board of Elections […]

The reconstituted State Ethics Commission has named Kathleen Edwards the interim director.

Edwards, who has been a commission attorney, will take the lead role until a permanent director is chosen.

The commission was merged with the State Board of Elections then was remade as a stand-alone entity again following the passage of House Bill 1029.

Edwards will have to hire a new staff and try to recover several positions the commission lost when it was merged.

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