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.

July 19, 2019 •

July 31: Three MLAs to Resign Nova Scotia House of Assembly

Province House, Nova Scotia - Louperivois

On July 31, three members of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly will resign their positions to seek federal positions. The members, Chris D’Entremont, Alfie MacLeod, and Eddie Orrell, have been nominated as candidates for the Conservative Party of Canada. […]

On July 31, three members of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly will resign their positions to seek federal positions.

The members, Chris D’Entremont, Alfie MacLeod, and Eddie Orrell, have been nominated as candidates for the Conservative Party of Canada.

The three are required to step down before the writ period begins for the fall elections.

By-elections for the soon-to-be-vacant provincial seats have not been yet been called.

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July 18, 2019 •

San Francisco Pay-To-Play Ballot Measure

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Voters will have a chance in November to increase the restrictions on political contributions in the latest campaign finance proposal aimed at pay-to-play. The Sunlight on Dark Money ballot initiative requires greater disclosure of who is behind campaign advertisements paid […]

Voters will have a chance in November to increase the restrictions on political contributions in the latest campaign finance proposal aimed at pay-to-play.

The Sunlight on Dark Money ballot initiative requires greater disclosure of who is behind campaign advertisements paid for by PACs.

The measure requires the top three largest donors of the committee paying for the advertisement to disclose the name and amount contributed to the committee.

If any of the three belong to another committee, they must disclose the top two donors of that committee as well.

The measure would also prohibit top executives in development companies from contributing to candidates or current office holders of the Board of Supervisors, mayor, and city attorney.

The prohibition will be in effect while a project they have financial interest in is pending approval, or for 12 months after the city makes a final decision on the project.

The measure will also close a loophole allowing LLCs and LLPs to contribute to candidates despite an existing ban on those donations from corporations.

The measure would take effect 10 days after the election results are certified.

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July 18, 2019 •

Thursday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “Feds’ Probe into Trump Hush Money Payments Is Over, Judge Says” by Darren Samuelsohn for Politico Michigan: “Michigan House Bill Would Set Minimum Fines for Campaign Finance Violations” by Lauren Gibbons for MLive.com Missouri: “Man Pleads Guilty […]

Campaign Finance

National: “Feds’ Probe into Trump Hush Money Payments Is Over, Judge Says” by Darren Samuelsohn for Politico

Michigan: “Michigan House Bill Would Set Minimum Fines for Campaign Finance Violations” by Lauren Gibbons for MLive.com

Missouri: “Man Pleads Guilty in Case Tied to Ex-St. Louis County Leader” by Jim Salter for AP News

Elections

National: “With Name-Calling and Twitter Battles, House Republican Campaign Arm Copies Trump’s Playbook” by Catie Edmonson for New York Times

Ethics

National: “House Condemns Trump’s Attack on Four Congresswomen as Racist” by Julie Hirschfeld Davis for MSN

Florida: “City’s Independent Ethics Officer Announces 2020 Resignation” by Jeff Burlew for Tallahassee Democrat

Illinois: “Feds Search for Michael Madigan Records at Home of Retired Alderman, Sources Say” by Dan Mihalopoulos (WBEZ) and David Kidwell for Beter Government Association

North Dakota: “North Dakota Focuses on Ethics” by Cinnamon Janzer for U.S. News & World Report

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July 17, 2019 •

Guam Election Commission Proposing Quarterly Campaign Finance Reporting

Election commissioners are proposing the filing of quarterly campaign finance reports. Quarterly reports would be filed with the commission on April 15, July 15, October 15, and January 15. The final report would be due no later than 15 days […]

Election commissioners are proposing the filing of quarterly campaign finance reports.

Quarterly reports would be filed with the commission on April 15, July 15, October 15, and January 15.

The final report would be due no later than 15 days after the last day of the calendar quarter in which campaign funds were exhausted or deficit eliminated.

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July 17, 2019 •

Wednesday’s LobbyComply News Roundup

Campaign Finance National: “FEC Gets New Internal Watchdog Following Tumultuous Search” by Dave Levinthal for Center for Public Integrity Ohio: “City Elections Commission Offers Guidance on Campaign Finance Change” by Jay Hanselman for WVXU Ethics Arizona: “Former Arizona Senate Staffer […]

Campaign Finance

National: “FEC Gets New Internal Watchdog Following Tumultuous Search” by Dave Levinthal for Center for Public Integrity

Ohio: “City Elections Commission Offers Guidance on Campaign Finance Change” by Jay Hanselman for WVXU

Ethics

Arizona: “Former Arizona Senate Staffer Wins $1M in Discrimination Lawsuit Involving Democratic Leaders” by Maria Polletta for Arizona Republic

Connecticut: “Connecticut Lottery Vice President Placed on Administrative Leave After Disclosure of FBI Recording Episode” by Jon Lender for Hartford Courant

New York: “Mount Vernon: Newly appointed top cop in police custody” by Jonathan Bandler for Journal News

Lobbying

National: “Former Flynn Partner on Trial for Illegal Lobbying Charges” by Brandi Buchman for Courthouse News Service

Missouri: “Since Voters Approved A $5 Cap on Gifts, Lobbyist Spending on Missouri Lawmakers Dropped 94%” by Aviva Okeson-Haberman for St. Louis Public Radio

Texas: “Ellis Proposes Ethics Reforms for Harris County Government” by Zach Despart for Houston Chronicle

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July 16, 2019 •

NY JCOPE Announces Extension for Filing Bimonthly Reports

The New York State Joint Commission of Public Ethics announced an extension for the submission of bimonthly reports for the May to June reporting period until July 31. JCOPE extended the deadline due to ongoing technical difficulties with the online […]

The New York State Joint Commission of Public Ethics announced an extension for the submission of bimonthly reports for the May to June reporting period until July 31.

JCOPE extended the deadline due to ongoing technical difficulties with the online Lobbying Application.

This extension corresponds with the previously announced extension for client semiannual reports and source of funding disclosures.

The commission is working to fix the issues and further updates will be announced on the JCOPE website.

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July 16, 2019 •

Kentucky Governor Announces Start Date of Special Session

The Kentucky State Capitol building in Frankfort, Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin announced he will convene the Kentucky General Assembly into special session at 8 a.m. on July 19. Since the conclusion of the 2019 regular session, Bevin has been working with state legislators preparing for a special session […]

Gov. Matt Bevin announced he will convene the Kentucky General Assembly into special session at 8 a.m. on July 19.

Since the conclusion of the 2019 regular session, Bevin has been working with state legislators preparing for a special session to help Kentucky’s quasi-agencies from the financial burden caused by the state’s looming public pension crisis.

Agencies needing help include regional universities, health departments, domestic violence centers, and community health centers,

An official proclamation will be issued later this week in accordance with the Kentucky Constitution.

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July 16, 2019 •

California Governor Signs Expenditure Bill

California Gov. Gavin Newsom

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation on July 12 to clarify language related to preelection statements and income from gifts and business entities. Assembly Bill 903 requires preelection statements to disclose contributions and independent expenditures made to a state, county, or […]

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation on July 12 to clarify language related to preelection statements and income from gifts and business entities.

Assembly Bill 903 requires preelection statements to disclose contributions and independent expenditures made to a state, county, or city general purpose committee or made to support or oppose a candidate or measure appearing on the ballot at a specified election.

The specified election will be the next election for certain state or county general purpose committees and elected state officers or candidates for elective state office.

The bill also amends the definition of expenditure to include communications paid for with public moneys by a state or local government agency.

The bill will take effect on January 1, 2020.

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