April 25, 2019 •

Indiana General Assembly Adjourns

The first regular session of the 121st Indiana General Assembly adjourned sine die on Wednesday, April 24. The legislative session lasted 112 days, with adjournment coming five days before the statutory April 29 deadline. During the last day of the […]

The first regular session of the 121st Indiana General Assembly adjourned sine die on Wednesday, April 24.

The legislative session lasted 112 days, with adjournment coming five days before the statutory April 29 deadline.

During the last day of the session, legislators approved more than three dozen bills including a two-year state budget.

Additionally, the legislature passed a gaming bill that legalizes sports wagering.

The second regular session of the 121st General Assembly is scheduled to convene on January 2, 2020.

An organization day scheduled for November 9, 2019.

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April 23, 2019 •

Missouri Calls Special Election to Fill Two House Vacancies

A special election will take place on November 5 to fill vacancies in House Districts 99 and 158. Rep. Jean Evans resigned from District 99 to become executive director of the Missouri Republican Party. Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick left District 158 […]

A special election will take place on November 5 to fill vacancies in House Districts 99 and 158.

Rep. Jean Evans resigned from District 99 to become executive director of the Missouri Republican Party.

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick left District 158 to serve as state treasurer.

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April 18, 2019 •

Tallahassee Board Proposes Expansion of Ethics Code

On Tuesday, the Tallahassee Independent Ethics Board proposed changes to expand the city’s ethics code.

The proposal expands the Board’s jurisdiction to procurement employees and individuals required to file state financial disclosures.

Additionally, the proposal increases the fines faced by lobbyists to $1,000 for the first intentional violation, and prohibits covered individuals from accepting or soliciting all gifts regardless of value from vendors and lobbyists.

The draft ordinance will head to the city commission for final approval later this spring.

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March 28, 2019 •

Former Arizona Attorney General Launches Campaign Against Dark Money

Former Attorney General Terry Goddard launched an effort to prohibit the use of dark money in political campaigns. The proposed constitutional amendment, called The Voters Right to Know Act, seeks to require anyone spending at least $5,000 to influence the […]

Former Attorney General Terry Goddard launched an effort to prohibit the use of dark money in political campaigns.

The proposed constitutional amendment, called The Voters Right to Know Act, seeks to require anyone spending at least $5,000 to influence the outcome of an Arizona election to disclose the original source of the money.

The disclosure requirement would apply to both state and local elections in Arizona.

In order for the proposal to appear on the ballot in the 2020 general election, the campaign committee behind the citizen initiative will need close to half a million signatures.

Last year, the same campaign committee missed qualification for the ballot by just over 2,000 signatures.

The amendment would require the Citizens Clean Elections Commission to enforce the new campaign finance disclosure rules and exempt the commission’s anti-dark money rules from oversight by the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council.

The proposal coincides with current Attorney General Mark Brnovich investigating whether Tempe’s ordinance banning dark money violates a law passed last year banning cities from enacting their own dark money disclosure regulations.

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March 25, 2019 •

Connecticut Announces Special Election for House District 130

Gov. Ned Lamont announced a special election for May 7, to fill a state representative vacancy in House District 130. The seat became vacant following the passing of State Rep. Ezequiel Santiago on March 15. The winner of the special […]

Gov. Ned Lamont announced a special election for May 7, to fill a state representative vacancy in House District 130.

The seat became vacant following the passing of State Rep. Ezequiel Santiago on March 15.

The winner of the special election will serve the remainder of Santiago’s term through 2020.

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March 21, 2019 •

Tempe Dark Money Ordinance Under Review

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich will soon rule on whether cities can impose restrictions on dark money in local campaigns. Sen. Vince Leach alleged Tempe violated a state law prohibiting local governments from requiring tax-exempt organizations from registering as political […]

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich will soon rule on whether cities can impose restrictions on dark money in local campaigns.

Sen. Vince Leach alleged Tempe violated a state law prohibiting local governments from requiring tax-exempt organizations from registering as political committees in 2017 by passing a voter approved ordinance banning dark money contributions.

The law allowing a legislator to demand an attorney general to investigate complaints applies only to ordinances, regulations or other official action adopted or taken by the governing board of a county, city or town.

It is unclear if the authority extends to this voter-approved measure referred to the ballot by Tempe City Council.

Tempe’s dark money ordinance was signed by Gov. Doug Ducey in 2017, as constitutionally required, but he noted it may soon be superseded by state law.

The ordinance in question requires any group spending more than $1,000 during an election cycle to disclose the original source of contributions.

The Office of the Attorney General has 30 days to decide if the complaint has merit.

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March 18, 2019 •

New Mexico Adjourns Sine Die; Passes Ethics Commission Bill

The New Mexico Legislature adjourned sine die on March 16, 2019. House Bill 668, relating to the State Ethics Commission Act, was passed by the Legislature on the final day of the session. The bill creates the new independent ethics […]

The New Mexico Legislature adjourned sine die on March 16, 2019.

House Bill 668, relating to the State Ethics Commission Act, was passed by the Legislature on the final day of the session.

The bill creates the new independent ethics commission demanded by voters in the November 2018 election.

The new commission will oversee state public officials and employees and give the commission investigative powers over ethics violations.

The bill is awaiting the governor’s signature. If signed, sections one through eight and 34 of the bill will become effective July 1, 2019.

The remaining sections will become effective on January 1, 2020.

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November 16, 2018 •

The District of Columbia Adjusts Procurement and Lobbying Requirements

Act A22-0442, which included the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Amendment Act of 2018, passed congressional review. The Act expands the scope of procurement lobbying in the District of Columbia to include action by an executive agency or official […]

Act A22-0442, which included the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Amendment Act of 2018, passed congressional review.

The Act expands the scope of procurement lobbying in the District of Columbia to include action by an executive agency or official in the executive branch to contract, grant or procure goods or services.

The lobbyist reporting periods change from semi-annual to quarterly reporting in January 2019.

Additional registration requirements were added including the precise description of the subject matter, including any bill, proposed resolution, contract, or other legislation of all writing or oral communications related to lobbying activities conducted with an executive or legislative member or official’s staff.

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September 24, 2018 •

Monday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: Political Nonprofits Seek Answers After Court Decision Targeting ‘Dark Money’ by Michelle Ye Hee Lee for Washington Post Ethics National: Senate Judiciary Panel’s Top Democrat Calls for Delay in Kavanaugh Hearing After New Allegation by Karoun Demirjian, […]

Campaign Finance

National: Political Nonprofits Seek Answers After Court Decision Targeting ‘Dark Money’ by Michelle Ye Hee Lee for Washington Post

Ethics

National: Senate Judiciary Panel’s Top Democrat Calls for Delay in Kavanaugh Hearing After New Allegation by Karoun Demirjian, Amy Gardner, and Seung Min Kim (Washington Post) for MSN

National: Rod Rosenstein Suggested Secretly Recording Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment by Adam Goldman and Michael Schmidt (New York Times) for MSN

Iowa: Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Flights on Private Jets Not Improper, Ethics Panel Rules by David Pitt (Associated Press) for Des Moines Register

Missouri: Missouri Proposal to Reform Ethics Laws Is Back on the Ballot After Court Ruling by Alison Kite for Kansas City Star

New York: Percoco Sentenced to Six Years for Corruption by Robert Gavin for Albany Times Union

Lobbying

Canada: Ethics Committee Launches Review of Federal Lobbying and Conflict-of-Interest Laws by Bill Curry for The Globe and Mail

Alabama: Reform Panel to Vote on Changes to Alabama Ethics Law by Mike Cason for AL.com

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March 21, 2018 •

Wednesday’s Government and Ethics News

Campaign Finance California: “Californians Appointed to State Posts Could Soon Be Barred from Writing Checks to Lawmakers Who Vote on Their Nomination” by Patrick McGreevy for Los Angeles Times Nevada: “Lack of Transparency Questioned in Campaign Theft by DA’s Aide” […]

Campaign Finance

California: “Californians Appointed to State Posts Could Soon Be Barred from Writing Checks to Lawmakers Who Vote on Their Nomination” by Patrick McGreevy for Los Angeles Times

Nevada: “Lack of Transparency Questioned in Campaign Theft by DA’s Aide” by Jeff German and David Ferrara for Las Vegas Review-Journal

Ohio: “Ohio’s Campaign-Finance Laws for Judges Debated at Sixth Circuit” by Kevin Koeninger for Courthouse News Service

Elections

National: “There’s Never Been a Native American Congresswoman. That Could Change in 2018.” by Julie Turkewitz for New York Times

Kansas: “Kansas Voting Trial Over. One More Court Day, a Contempt Hearing, Ahead for Kobach” by Bryan Lowry for Kansas City Star

Ethics

Florida: “Voters Could Get Say on Government Ethics” by News Service of Florida for Orlando Sentinel

Maryland: “Md. House Approves Overhaul of Anti-Harassment Policy; Fate in Senate Unclear” by Ovetta Wiggins and Rachel Carson for Washington Post

Redistricting

Pennsylvania: “Supreme Court Refuses to Stop New Congressional Maps in Pennsylvania” by Robert Barnes for Washington Post

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March 7, 2018 •

Wednesday’s Government and Ethics News

Campaign Finance Alabama: “Watchdog Accuses Key PAC in Alabama Race of Hiding Donors” by Daniel Jackson for Courthouse News Service New York: “Cuomo Changes Rationale for Accepting His Appointees’ Donations” by Shane Goldmacher and Brian Rosenthal for New York Times […]

Campaign Finance

Alabama: “Watchdog Accuses Key PAC in Alabama Race of Hiding Donors” by Daniel Jackson for Courthouse News Service

New York: “Cuomo Changes Rationale for Accepting His Appointees’ Donations” by Shane Goldmacher and Brian Rosenthal for New York Times

Elections

National: “Senate Investigators Want Answers from Reddit and Tumblr on Russia Meddling” by Tony Romm for Washington Post

National: “State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0.” by Gardiner Harris for New York Times

Ethics

North Carolina: “GOP’s 8-Member Elections-Ethics Board Struck Down. Is a Third Lawsuit on the Horizon?” by Anne Blythe for Raleigh News and Observer

North Dakota: “Group Seeks to Force ND Legislature to Form Ethics Commission” by Wendy Reuer for West Fargo Pioneer

Tennessee: “Nashville Mayor Megan Barry Resigns from Office; ‘I love you, Nashville,’ she says” by Joey Garrison and Nate Rau for The Tennessean

Utah: “As the Number of Female Interns in the State Legislature Grows, Lawmakers and Coordinators Work to Ensure They’re Not Sexually Harassed” by Taylor Stevens for Salt Lake Tribune

Lobbying

National: “Trump’s Florida Fundraiser Flourishes as New Washington Lobbyist” by Bill Allison for Bloomberg

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February 5, 2018 •

Monday’s Government and Ethics News Roundup

Campaign Finance Alabama: “Attorney General’s Office Appears to Be Investigating Campaign Finance Documents” by Brian Lyman for Montgomery Advertiser Elections Pennsylvania: “Bob Brady Is Not Running for Reelection” by Holly Otterbein, Chris Brennan, and Claudia Vargas for Philadelphia Inquirer Ethics […]

Campaign Finance

Alabama: “Attorney General’s Office Appears to Be Investigating Campaign Finance Documents” by Brian Lyman for Montgomery Advertiser

Elections

Pennsylvania: “Bob Brady Is Not Running for Reelection” by Holly Otterbein, Chris Brennan, and Claudia Vargas for Philadelphia Inquirer

Ethics

Federal: “Revolving Door Between Trump Pentagon, Contractors Spins Faster” by Sam Skolnik for Bloomberg Government

Arizona: “Arizona House Expels Yuma Rep. Don Shooter After Sexual-Harassment Findings” by Howard Fischer (Capitol Media Services) for Arizona Daily Star

District of Columbia: “D.C. Will Not Reappoint Open Government Watchdog Who Ruled Against City” by Peter Jamison for Washington Post

West Virginia: “Ethics Commission OKs Tourism Contract with Justice’s Greenbrier Resort” by Phil Kabler for Charleston Gazette-Mail

Lobbying

Florida: “Lobbyist Accuses Legislator of Retaliation Over His Role in Sexual Harassment Case” by Mary Ellen Klas for Miami Herald

Redistricting

Pennsylvania: “Sen. Scarnati Refuses Pa. Supreme Court Order to Turn Over Map Data in Gerrymander Case” by Jonathan Lai for Philadelphia Inquirer

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November 8, 2016 •

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

Lobbying “Ex-PMO Aide Bruce Carson Fined $50,000 for Illegal Lobbying” by Marco Vigliotti for The Hill Times “Incoming Florida House Speaker Bans ‘Texting While Legislating’” by Mary Ellen Klas for Miami Herald Campaign Finance “Court Challenge Seeks to Outlaw Super […]

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Ex-PMO Aide Bruce Carson Fined $50,000 for Illegal Lobbying” by Marco Vigliotti for The Hill Times

Incoming Florida House Speaker Bans ‘Texting While Legislating’” by Mary Ellen Klas for Miami Herald

Campaign Finance

Court Challenge Seeks to Outlaw Super PACs” by Kenneth Doyle for Bloomberg BNA

California Ethics Watchdog Proposes $57,000 Fine Against Sen. Tony Mendoza” by Taryn Luna for Sacramento Bee

Ethics

These Officials Help Write Ballot Questions. Companies Write Them Checks.” by Eric Lipton and Robert Faturechi for The New York Times

2 Ex-Christie Allies Are Convicted in George Washington Bridge Case” by Kate Zernike for The New York Times

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell Hosts Party to Celebrate Overturned Corruption Conviction” by Alissa Skelton for The Virginian-Pilot

Elections

Memes, Myself and I: The Internet lets us all run the campaign” by Amanda Hess for The New York Times

Donald Trump’s Extremist Supporters Feel Like Winners Either Way” by Jonathan Mahler and Julie Turkewitz for The New York Times

Inside Donald Trump’s Last Stand: An anxious nominee seeks assurance” by Maggie Haberman, Ashley Parker, Jeremy Peters and Michael Barbaro for The New York Times

 

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April 26, 2016 •

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

Lobbying California: “The Most Influential Person on the Coastal Commission May Be This Lobbyist” by Kim Christensen for Los Angeles Times Campaign Finance “Congressmen Challenge ‘Bipartisan Shakedown’ Pressuring Members to Raise $18,000 Every Day” by Chance Seales for WCMH Alaska: […]

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California: “The Most Influential Person on the Coastal Commission May Be This Lobbyist” by Kim Christensen for Los Angeles Times

Campaign Finance

Congressmen Challenge ‘Bipartisan Shakedown’ Pressuring Members to Raise $18,000 Every Day” by Chance Seales for WCMH

Alaska: “Parade of Politicians Expected to Appear at Trial over Alaska Campaign Donation Limits” by Alex DeMarban for Alaska Dispatch News

Michigan: “Labor Unions Sue State of Michigan over Election Law” by Kathleen Gray for Detroit Free Press

New York: “De Blasio Team Violated Campaign Finance Laws, Report Says” by William Neuman and Jesse McKinley for New York Times

Ethics

Alabama: “Jon Mason Should Be Concerned about Ethical Conflicts, Former Ethics Officials Say” by Connor Sheets for AL.com

Hawaii “Les Kondo Confirmed As State Auditor” by Nathan Eagle for Honolulu Civil Beat

Idaho: “Initiative Proposes Sweeping Changes to Idaho’s Campaign Finance Laws” by Betsy Russell for Spokane Spokesman-Review

Elections

Ted Cruz and John Kasich to Coordinate Against Donald Trump” by Matt Flegenheimer and Jonathan Martin for New York Times

Virginia: “Virginia Governor Restores Voting Rights to Felons” by Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Erik Eckholm for New York Times

 

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