April 4, 2018 •

Wednesday’s Government and Ethics News

Campaign Finance Canada: “Facebook Makes It Easy to Run Illegal and ‘Astroturf’ Ads, Say Canadian Digital Political Strategists” by Peter Mazureeuw for Hill Times Hawaii: “Super PAC’s Attack Reveals Gaps in Hawaii Campaign Finance Law” by Nathan Eagle for Honolulu […]

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Canada: “Facebook Makes It Easy to Run Illegal and ‘Astroturf’ Ads, Say Canadian Digital Political Strategists” by Peter Mazureeuw for Hill Times

Hawaii: “Super PAC’s Attack Reveals Gaps in Hawaii Campaign Finance Law” by Nathan Eagle for Honolulu Civil Beat

Elections

National: “Young Women Help Lead Campaigns to Success at the Polls” by Michael Tackett for New York Times

Ethics

National: “Top Pruitt aide at EPA also shopped for housing on his behalf” by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis for Washington Post

National: “Pruitt Had a $50-a-Day Condo Linked to Lobbyists. Their Client’s Project Got Approved.” by Eric Lipton for New York Times

National: “Elizabeth Esty, Saying She Mishandled Abuse Claim, Won’t Defend House Seat” by Liam Stack for New York Times

National: “The FBI Says Bob Brady and Marjorie Margolies Conspired to Violate Election Laws. Why Weren’t They Charged?” by Andrew Seidman for Philadelphia Inquirer

National: “First Sentence Handed Down in Mueller Probe” by Spencer Hsu for Washington Post

Arizona: “Lawmaker: Prosecutors investigating ‘sexually explicit communications’ tied to House probe” by Yvonne Wingett Sanchez for Arizona Republic

Tech and Social Media

Maryland: “Maryland, ACLU Reach Settlement Over Governor Deleting Critical Comments on His Facebook Page” by Ovetta Wiggins for Washington Post

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January 9, 2018 •

Tuesday’s Government and Ethics News

Lobbying Arizona: “A Sexist Culture Endures at Arizona Capitol, Insiders Say” by Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Dustin Gardiner for Arizona Republic Ethics “These Are the Only Two States That Don’t Require Lawmakers to Disclose Finances” by Kristian Hernandez for Center […]

Lobbying

Arizona: “A Sexist Culture Endures at Arizona Capitol, Insiders Say” by Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Dustin Gardiner for Arizona Republic

Ethics

These Are the Only Two States That Don’t Require Lawmakers to Disclose Finances” by Kristian Hernandez for Center for Public Integrity

Kushner’s Financial Ties to Israel Deepen Even with Mideast Diplomatic Role” by Jesse Drucker for New York Times

Colorado: “Change to Colorado Conflict-of-Interest Rule Limits Information Elected Officials Must Share with Voters” by John Frank for Denver Post

Maryland: “Maryland’s Female Lawmakers Push Back – Quietly – on Sexual Harassment” by Ovetta Wiggins for Washington Post

Oregon: “Oregon Ethics Commission Rebukes Cylvia Hayes for ‘Blatant Disregard of Ethics Laws” by Hillary Borrud for Portland Oregonian

South Carolina: “As Corruption Probe Continues, Some Lawmakers Want South Carolina Politics to Be More Transparent” by Andrew Brown for Charleston Post and Courier

Virginia: “Growing Pains: How the departure of a longtime town manager spawned political scandal” by Antonio Olivo for Washington Post

Tech and Social Media

Without Naming Trump, Twitter Says It Won’t Block World Leaders” by Mike Isaac for New York Times

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April 18, 2017 •

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

Campaign Finance “Bipartisan Bill Would Restructure FEC to End Gridlock” by Kenneth Doyle for Bloomberg BNA District of Columbia: “More Contributions to D.C. Council Member Cannot Be Tracked to Source” by Aaron Davis for Washington Post Ethics “With Trump Appointees, […]

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Bipartisan Bill Would Restructure FEC to End Gridlock” by Kenneth Doyle for Bloomberg BNA

District of Columbia: “More Contributions to D.C. Council Member Cannot Be Tracked to Source” by Aaron Davis for Washington Post

Ethics

With Trump Appointees, a Raft of Potential Conflicts and ‘No Transparency’” by Eric Lipton, Ben Protess, and Andrew Lehren for New York Times

Alabama: “Judicial Ethics Complaint Filed Against Judge Who Ordered Halt to Bentley Impeachment Hearing” by Kent Faulk for AL.com

California: “Oakland Ethics Panel Slams Lax Oversight of Free Warriors, Raiders and A’s Tickets” by Mark Hedin for East Bay Times

Legislative Issues

Nevada: “Republican Lawmaker Spent Two Weeks as ‘Legislative Advocate’ for Business Group” by Riley Snyder for Nevada Independent

Lobbying

Illinois: “Emanuel Still Fielding Emails on City Matters Via Private Account” by Fran Spielman for Chicago Sun-Times

Missouri: “Decrease in Lobbyists’ Gifts Hasn’t Limited Influence at the Missouri Capitol” by Sky Chadd for Columbia Missourian

Tech and Social Media

Social Media Is Not Contributing Significantly to Political Polarization, Paper Says” by Jonah Engel Bromwich for New York Times

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February 14, 2017 •

Tuesday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

Campaign Finance California: “Sacramento Wants State Watchdog to Enforce City Ethics Rules” by Anita Chabria for Sacramento Bee Michigan: “Michigan Unions Lose Campaign Finance Fight” by Kevin Koeninger for Courthouse News Ethics “Wearing Wig, Lawyer Tried to Sell Confidential Document, […]

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California: “Sacramento Wants State Watchdog to Enforce City Ethics Rules” by Anita Chabria for Sacramento Bee

Michigan: “Michigan Unions Lose Campaign Finance Fight” by Kevin Koeninger for Courthouse News

Ethics

Wearing Wig, Lawyer Tried to Sell Confidential Document, U.S. Charges” by Liz Moyer for New York Times

Saudis Foot Tab at Trump Hotel” by Isaac Arnsdorf for Politico

Trump Sons Forge Ahead Without Father, Expanding and Navigating Conflicts” by Eric Lipton and Susanne Craig for New York Times

Florida: “At Miami’s Airport, There’s Economy, First Class and … Politician” by Douglas Hanks for Miami Herald

Pennsylvania: “Philly DA Seth Williams: Brought ‘shame’ to office, won’t run for reelection” by Jeremy Roebuck and Chris Brennan for Philadelphia Inquier

Texas: “How Blind Is This Texas Oil Regulator’s Blind Trust, Managed by His Brother-in-Law?” by Steve Thompson for Dallas News

Lobbying

New Mexico: “Lobbying Fix Faces New Opposition” by Trip Jennings for New Mexico In Depth

Tech and Social Media

Fake News 101: The new civics course in US schools?” by Carolyn Thompson (Associated Press) for ABC News

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February 13, 2017 •

Monday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

Campaign Finance California: “Republicans Face $30,000 Fine from California Campaign Regulators” by Jim Miller for Sacramento Bee Mississippi: “Senate Passes Its Campaign Finance Reform” by Geoff Pender for Jackson Clarion-Ledger Tennessee: “Jeremy Durham Spent Campaign Funds on Suits, Sunglasses and […]

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California: “Republicans Face $30,000 Fine from California Campaign Regulators” by Jim Miller for Sacramento Bee

Mississippi: “Senate Passes Its Campaign Finance Reform” by Geoff Pender for Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Tennessee: “Jeremy Durham Spent Campaign Funds on Suits, Sunglasses and Spa” by Dave Boucher and Joel Ebert for The Tennessean

Elections

Rural Americans Felt Abandoned by Democrats in 2016, So They Abandoned Them Back. Can the Party Fix It?” By David Weigel for The Washington Post

Ethics

Lawyer at Major D.C. Firm Accused in Scheme to Sell Sealed Lawsuit to Suit’s Target” by Spencer Hsu for The Washington Post

Minnesota: “Auditor: U.S. Bank Stadium Authority violated core ethical principles with free tickets for friends and family” by Rochelle Olson for Minneapolis Star Tribune

Lobbying

Florida: “Want to Build a Marina in Miami? Lobbying Required.” By David Smiley for Miami Herald

New Mexico: “Lobbyist Loophole Fix Stalls in Senate Committee” by Sandra Fish and Trip Jennings for New Mexico In Depth

Tech and Social Media

Maryland: “Gov. Hogan’s Office Has Blocked 450 People from His Facebook Page in Two Years” by Ovetta Wiggins and Fenit Nirappil for The Washington Post

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February 2, 2017 •

Thursday’s Government Relations and Ethics News

Lobbying Arizona: “How The Wrong Letterhead Exposed Phoenix’s Toothless Lobbying Rules” by Rob O’Dell and Dustin Gardner for Arizona Republic Arkansas: “Bill Would Let Foreigners Foot Bill for Some Lawmaker Travel” by Michael Wickline for Arkansas Online Campaign Finance South […]

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Arizona: “How The Wrong Letterhead Exposed Phoenix’s Toothless Lobbying Rules” by Rob O’Dell and Dustin Gardner for Arizona Republic

Arkansas: “Bill Would Let Foreigners Foot Bill for Some Lawmaker Travel” by Michael Wickline for Arkansas Online

Campaign Finance

South Carolina: “Upstate’s Judge’s Race Raises Judicial Ethics Question” by John Monk for The State

Washington: “Seattle Candidates Already on Hunt for ‘Democracy Vouchers’” by Daniel Beekman for Seattle Times

Ethics

Trump Aide’s Deal with Chinese Firm Raises Fear of Tangled Interests” by Sharon LaFraniere, Michael Forsythe, and Alexandra Stevenson for New York Times

Resistance from Within: Federal workers push back against Trump” by Juliet Eilperin, Lisa Rein, and Marc Fisher for Washington Post

Montana: “Campaign Regulator Can Remain Until Replacement Is Confirmed” by Matt Volz (Associated Press) for McClatchyDC.com

South Dakota: “South Dakota Senate Sends Ethics Law Repeal to Governor” by James Nord for Associated Press

West Virginia: “Potential Conflicts Also Issue for New WV Commerce Secretary” by Andrew Brown for Charleston Gazette

Elections

Trump Rattles Statehouse Order” by David Siders for Politico

Procurement

White House Says LGBT Protections for Federal Workers Will Remain” by Juliet Eilperin and Sandhya Somashekhar for Washington Post

Tech and Social Media

Fatigued by the News? Experts Suggest How to Adjust Your Media Diet” by Christopher Mele for New York Times

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