December 5, 2013 •

The World According to Carol Carson

Carol Carson is the executive director of the Connecticut Office of Government Accountability. In September she provided her Top 10 Tips at the Practising Law Institute’s Campaign Finance and Lobbying program in Washington, DC. 10.   Register. Register. Register. 9.     In Connecticut, you […]

Carol CarsonCarol Carson is the executive director of the Connecticut Office of Government Accountability. In September she provided her Top 10 Tips at the Practising Law Institute’s Campaign Finance and Lobbying program in Washington, DC.

10.   Register. Register. Register.

9.     In Connecticut, you are required to wear your lobbying badge… So wear your lobbying badge.

8.     Keep contemporaneous records.

7.     Get advice from the agency. We are here to help.

6.     If you mess up, fess up.

5.     Don’t play us.

4.     Work with us.

3.     Lobbying is a self-policing industry.

2.     Video surveillance is everywhere.

1.   We would rather help you get it right then catch you doing it wrong.

We are huge fans of Carol Carson because she is out there working with the registered community to file accurate and timely reports. Everyone should use her Top 10 Tips to manage compliance.

It is a busy time of the year. Make sure your 2014 registrations are in order. Need help, call us. We Comply.

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June 7, 2013 •

Two State Legislatures Adjourn

Connecticut and Nebraska

government buildingThe Connecticut General Assembly adjourned on June 5, 2013.

The Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die on June 5, 2013.

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April 29, 2013 •

Special Election Scheduled in Connecticut’s 53rd Assembly District

Replaces Rep. Bryan Hurlburt

Connecticut with FlagVoters in the 53rd Assembly District will head to the polls June 11, 2013, to select a successor for Representative Bryan Hurlburt.

Rep. Hurlburt resigned his seat in mid-April to accept an appointment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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December 20, 2012 •

Connecticut General Assembly Holds Special Session on Budget

Session included memorial to shooting victims

Connecticut State CapitolThe General Assembly held a one-day special session December 19, 2012, to approve budget cuts to close the state’s budget deficit.

The session also included a one-hour memorial for the Newtown shooting victims.

Photo of the Connecticut State Capitol courtesy of Ragesoss on Wikipedia.

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September 24, 2012 •

Connecticut Judge Orders Runoff Election for 5th Assembly District

Primary candidates tied after second recount

Seal of ConnecticutA judge has set October 2, 2012 as the date for a runoff election for a state House primary race.

Two recounts were conducted in the democratic primary for the 5th assembly district between Brandon McGee and Leo Canty.

The second recount resulted in a tie between the two candidates.

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July 19, 2012 •

Connecticut Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board Plans Random Audits of Client Lobbyists

Audits expected to be completed by the end of the fiscal year

Connecticut SealThe Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board announced its plans to audit 10 randomly selected client lobbyists. All communicator lobbyists associated with the selected client lobbyists will also be audited. Client lobbyists are those who pay for lobbying services on their behalf, and communicator lobbyists are those who receive payment from a client lobbyist for lobbying services.

As part of its press release, the board noted that between January 1 and July 1, 2012, lobbying expenditures exceeded $31 million.

The selection will be made at the board’s meeting on July 19, 2012, and all audits are expected to be completed by the end of the fiscal year. The list of lobbyists to be audited will be available on the Office of State Ethics website after the random drawing.

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June 15, 2012 •

Connecticut Governor Vetoes Campaign Finance Bill

An override is unlikely

Flag of ConnecticutGovernor Dannel Malloy vetoed House Bill 5556 today, June 15, 2012. The campaign finance bill would have required corporate board authorization for campaign-related expenditures of $4,000 or more and disclosure of donor identities for donations aggregating $1,000 or more.

The bill was opposed by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association, who argued that the bill would have a chilling effect on contributions.

The bill did not pass with a two-thirds vote, making a veto override unlikely.

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June 12, 2012 •

Connecticut Special Session Begins Today

House majority leader to preside over session

Connecticut State CapitolThe Connecticut General Assembly will convene a special session at 11 a.m. today, June 12, 2012.

House speaker Chris Donovan will not be presiding over the session, instead allowing the house majority leader to handle the leadership responsibilities after Speaker Donovan’s former campaign finance manager was arrested for allegedly conspiring to conceal the source of $20,000 in campaign contributions. The contributions were purportedly linked to a bill imposing taxes on roll-your-own cigarette businesses, which is expected to be voted on during today’s session.

Speaker Donovan does plan to participate in the session.

Photo of the Connecticut State Capitol by jglazer75 on Wikipedia.

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May 10, 2012 •

Two State Legislatures Adjourn

Colorado and Connecticut

government buildingColorado: The General Assembly adjourned May 9, 2012. Governor John Hickenlooper announced his intention to call a special session, primarily to address a civil unions bill. The special session could begin as early as Friday.

Connecticut: The General Assembly adjourned May 9, 2012.

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May 9, 2012 •

Connecticut General Assembly Approves Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements

Bill now goes to Governor Malloy

ConnecticutThe Connecticut House and Senate passed House Bill 5556 on May 8, 2012. The bill makes changes to Connecticut’s campaign finance disclosure law, requiring corporate board authorization for campaign-related expenditures exceeding $4,000 and disclosure of donor identities for donations aggregating $1,000 or more.

The bill now awaits action by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, although the governor’s general counsel has indicated that there are constitutional concerns with the bill, raising the possibility of a veto.

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April 2, 2012 •

Campaign Finance in Monday’s News

The Federal Election Commission, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy’s campaign finance plan, and the New York Legislature are featured. Here are today’s articles:

campaign finance newsFederal judge says Federal Election Commission went too far in shielding campaign ad donors” by The Associated Press in the Washington Post.

US Joins Countries Not Enforcing Campaign-Finance Regulations” by Samuel Rubenfeld in the Wall Street Journal.

Connecticut: “Governor’s controversial campaign finance fix rejected” by Mark Pazniokas on CTMirror.com.

New York: “Albany to begin Act II of legislative session” by Jon Campbell in the Lower Hudson Journal News. Campaign finance will be on the agenda.

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March 27, 2012 •

Tuesday Campaign Finance News Roundup

Disclosure and campaign finance reform issues made the news today. Take a look at today’s articles:

Securities and Exchange Commission SealFederal: “Two SEC Commissioners Could Dramatically Change Campaign Finance” by George Zornick in The Nation. via Eric Brown’s Political Activity Law blog.

California: “State political watchdog ramps up enforcement” by Brian Joseph in the Orange County Register.

Connecticut: “Connecticut legislators set focus on campaign finance reform; look to increase transparency” by Jordan Fenster in The Register Citizen.

District of Columbia: “Campaign money orders to cease?” by Jim McElhatton and Luke Rosiak in the Washington Times.

District of Columbia: “D.C. ethics law overhaul hampered by hiring difficulties, enforcement duties” by Mike DeBonis in The Washington Post.

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January 13, 2012 •

Giuliano Chosen to Lead Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission

Assumes Duties January 20th

Seal of ConnecticutSebastian N. Giuliano, the former mayor of Middletown, Connecticut, has been chosen by the State Elections Enforcement Commission to serve as the agency’s executive director and general counsel.

The selection was announced Thursday night by commission chairman Stephen F. Cashman, but will not be formally approved until the commission’s January 18, 2012 meeting.

Giuliano was selected for the position from a field of 35 candidates. He is due to assume the duties of the position January 20, 2012.

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January 10, 2012 •

Stamford, Connecticut Debating Mandated City Ethics Code

Considering Charter Revision or Ordinance

StamfordThe Charter Review Commission for the city of Stamford, Connecticut is considering whether changes should be made in order to mandate a city ethics code. Local officials are considering whether to institute a requirement for an ethics code into the city charter, revised only once every ten years, or by ordinance.

If an ethics code is mandated into the city charter, some commission members worry repealing or altering it could become a burdensome task due to the required approval by Stamford residents through voter referendum. In contrast, an ordinance requiring a code of ethics could be changed as necessary by Stamford officials.

The Commission will be holding several meetings to allow public comments concerning the situation prior to making any decision.

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