April 6, 2020 •

NY Lawmakers Enact State Budget With Campaign Finance Reform Provisions

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On April 3, Gov. Cuomo and lawmakers passed legislation to enact the state budget for the 2021 fiscal year. The enacted legislation includes provisions for campaign finance reform and nonprofit disclosures. Effective January 1, 2021, Senate Bill 7505 requires charitable […]

On April 3, Gov. Cuomo and lawmakers passed legislation to enact the state budget for the 2021 fiscal year.

The enacted legislation includes provisions for campaign finance reform and nonprofit disclosures.

Effective January 1, 2021, Senate Bill 7505 requires charitable organizations to file annual financial reports and funding disclosures with the Department of State to be published on their website for public transparency.

The governor also signed Senate Bill 7508 establishing a statewide public campaign financing system.

Senate Bill 7508 lowers contribution limits a candidate may accept while participating in the public funding system.

Under Senate Bill 7508, a candidate for statewide office may accept a contribution of $18,000 dollars in the aggregate.

The bill also sets contribution limits for state senators and assembly members to $10,000 and $6,000, respectively.

Contribution limits are divided equally among the primary and general election in an election cycle.

Senate Bill 7508 takes effect on November 9, 2022 and applies to participants in the primary and general elections to be held in 2024.

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March 31, 2020 •

New York Nassau County Attorney Announces Extension For Lobbyist Report

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The Office of the County Attorney announced emergency regulations extending the deadline for filing first quarter lobbyist reports. This comes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and current state of emergency. The deadline for lobbyist reports covering activity for the […]

The Office of the County Attorney announced emergency regulations extending the deadline for filing first quarter lobbyist reports.

This comes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and current state of emergency.

The deadline for lobbyist reports covering activity for the period of January 1 to March 31 is extended until May 15.

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March 31, 2020 •

New York JCOPE Suspends Lobbying Random Audit Program

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The Joint Commission on Public Ethics announced the suspension of the Lobbying Random Audit Program to avoid unnecessary administrative burden during the COVID-19 emergency. Effective immediately, no new audits will be initiated by JCOPE until further notice. Complying with ongoing […]

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics announced the suspension of the Lobbying Random Audit Program to avoid unnecessary administrative burden during the COVID-19 emergency.

Effective immediately, no new audits will be initiated by JCOPE until further notice.

Complying with ongoing audits is voluntary until the commission resumes the audit program.

Any questions regarding this policy should be emailed to helpdesk@jcope.ny.gov, with ‘Audit’ in the subject line.

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March 30, 2020 •

New York JCOPE Announces Extension And Temporary Procedures

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Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics announced a deadline extension for all lobbying filings until April 15. The extension includes bimonthly reports covering activity for the reporting period of January to February 2020. JCOPE also […]

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics announced a deadline extension for all lobbying filings until April 15.

The extension includes bimonthly reports covering activity for the reporting period of January to February 2020.

JCOPE also announced temporary procedures regarding hand delivery of report filings and checks.

Until further notice, visitors are not allowed into the JCOPE offices. Beginning April 15, JCOPE will accept hand delivery of lobbying filings.

However, the commission is not accepting hand delivery of checks until further notice.

Instead, any checks should be submitted either by mail or by submitting the filing through the online Lobbying Application using a credit card to pay the submission fee.

If neither option is possible, JCOPE asks filers to hold all checks for hand delivery until further notice.

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March 30, 2020 •

New York Governor Reschedules April 28 Elections

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo - Shinya Suzuki

On March 28, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.12 to move elections scheduled for April 28 to June 23 due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The postponement affects the presidential primary and special elections including: The 37th Congressional […]

On March 28, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.12 to move elections scheduled for April 28 to June 23 due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The postponement affects the presidential primary and special elections including:

  • The 37th Congressional District
  • The 50th Senate District
  • The 12th, 31st, and 136th Assembly Districts

The executive order also reschedules a special election for Brooklyn City Council 37th District to June 23.

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March 17, 2020 •

New York JCOPE Announces Extension for Bimonthly Reports

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The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics announced an extension for the submission of bimonthly lobbyist activity reports. This will allow the due date for the January to February reporting period to extend until Tuesday, March 31. JCOPE […]

The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics announced an extension for the submission of bimonthly lobbyist activity reports.

This will allow the due date for the January to February reporting period to extend until Tuesday, March 31.

JCOPE extended the deadline due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

Effective immediately, JCOPE also suspended hand-delivery of paper filings to their Albany office until March 31.

As an alternative, filers may submit filings using the online filing system or via regular mail, provided filers use a sponge to seal the envelope.

This extension does not affect clients of lobbyists as statutory filings for client semiannual reports are not due until July 15.

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March 17, 2020 •

NYC Mayor de Blasio Postpones Queens Special Election

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On March 15, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the postponement of the Queens Special Election for Borough President scheduled for March 24. Mayor de Blasio postponed the special election due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. No new date has been set […]

On March 15, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the postponement of the Queens Special Election for Borough President scheduled for March 24.

Mayor de Blasio postponed the special election due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

No new date has been set and acting Borough President Sharon Lee will continue her tenure until the special election is rescheduled.

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March 16, 2020 •

New York Legislature Postpones Session

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On March 16, the Legislature announced the postponement of the session until later this week due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. Lawmakers hope to resume the session on Wednesday to take action on coronavirus legislation and the state budget. This will […]

On March 16, the Legislature announced the postponement of the session until later this week due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

Lawmakers hope to resume the session on Wednesday to take action on coronavirus legislation and the state budget.

This will not affect lobbyist reporting.

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March 13, 2020 •

New York Judge Strikes Down Campaign Finance Reform Commission Recommendations

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On March 12, Niagara County Supreme Court Judge Boniello struck down changes to the state’s election laws recommended by the Campaign Finance Reform Commission. The commission’s recommendations included the creation of a voluntary public campaign finance system. Additionally, it recommended […]

On March 12, Niagara County Supreme Court Judge Boniello struck down changes to the state’s election laws recommended by the Campaign Finance Reform Commission.

The commission’s recommendations included the creation of a voluntary public campaign finance system.

Additionally, it recommended setting new contribution limits to candidates for state public office.

The court found the Legislature improperly delegated legislative action powers to the commission, which is a function reserved solely to the Legislature under the state’s constitution.

The court noted the recommendations of the commission did not follow proper procedure as mandated by the constitution.

Historically, this is followed by lawmakers when it became law without further action by the Legislature.

After the ruling, lawmakers may accept and pass the commission’s recommendations into law by statute.

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March 13, 2020 •

New York JCOPE Announces Accommodations for COVID-19

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The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) announced their policy on COVID-19 and lobbying filings. Upon request, JCOPE will grant reasonable extensions to filers who may not be able to meet the upcoming filing deadline due to […]

The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) announced their policy on COVID-19 and lobbying filings.

Upon request, JCOPE will grant reasonable extensions to filers who may not be able to meet the upcoming filing deadline due to a COVID-19 issue.

If a filer misses the deadline due to COVID-19 related issues, please contact the JCOPE help desk at:

Please contact as soon as possible to discuss a reasonable accommodation.

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January 21, 2020 •

New York Special Election Will Coincide with Presidential Primary

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has set April 28 as the date for a special election for the 27th U.S. Congressional District, meaning the election will coincide with the state’s presidential primary election. The New York Republican Party sued to have the […]

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has set April 28 as the date for a special election for the 27th U.S. Congressional District, meaning the election will coincide with the state’s presidential primary election.

The New York Republican Party sued to have the election scheduled for an earlier date, but lost in the state Supreme Court.

The seat was vacated when Congressman Chris Collins, a Buffalo Republican, resigned after pleading guilty to insider trading.

State party leaders will pick the nominees for the special election.

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January 13, 2020 •

US Supreme Court Denies Appeal: SEC Pay-to-Play Rule Remains

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On January 13, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order denying review of an appeal concerning the legality of a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pay-to-play rule, allowing that rule to stand. Previously, on June 18, 2020, a federal appellate […]

On January 13, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order denying review of an appeal concerning the legality of a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pay-to-play rule, allowing that rule to stand.

Previously, on June 18, 2020, a federal appellate court had affirmed a lower court’s finding that the pay-to-play rule was legal.

In New York Republican State Committee v. SEC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found the SEC’s Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Rule 2030 constitutional.

The rule prohibits a placement agent from accepting compensation for soliciting government business from certain candidates and elected officials within two years of having contributed to such an official’s electoral campaign or to the transition or inaugural expenses of a successful candidate.

The New York Republican State Committee and the Tennessee Republican Party had argued the SEC did not have authority to enact the rule, the order adopting the rule was arbitrary and capricious because there was insufficient evidence it was needed, and the rule violated the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

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January 7, 2020 •

Special Election Set for Borough President

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has scheduled a special election to be held on March 24 for Queens borough president. The seat became vacant when President Melinda Katz, a Democrat from Forest Hills, resigned to become Queens District […]

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has scheduled a special election to be held on March 24 for Queens borough president.

The seat became vacant when President Melinda Katz, a Democrat from Forest Hills, resigned to become Queens District Attorney.

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January 3, 2020 •

New York Commission Launches System-Generated Client Semiannual Reports

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On December 19, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics launched the system-generated Client Semiannual Report (CSA) feature on the state’s online Lobbying Application system. Contractual clients who lobby on their own behalf and do not utilize the services of any […]

On December 19, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics launched the system-generated Client Semiannual Report (CSA) feature on the state’s online Lobbying Application system.

Contractual clients who lobby on their own behalf and do not utilize the services of any retained lobbyists are not required to file CSA reports.

Instead, system-generated CSA reports will be created with information directly imported from filed lobbyist bimonthly reports covering the applicable reporting period.

The system will not create a system-generated CSA if an Employed Principal Lobbyist has submitted a CSA report for the January to June reporting period.

Also, contractual clients are still required to disclose sources of funding or indicate source of funding reporting is not required.

No filing fee is required for system-generated CSA reports except to add retained lobbyist information.

Adding retained lobbyists requires a $50 filing fee and filing CSA reports going forward.

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