Monday News Roundup - State and Federal Communications

September 29, 2014  •  

Monday News Roundup

Government Relations NewsLobbying

That ‘Bravo’ reality show about lobbyists? It’s not happening.” by Emily Heil and Helena Andrews in The Washington Post.

Michigan: “Lobbyists spending more on Michigan politicians this year” by Andrew Green on WKZO News.

Campaign Finance

Outsiders Add Money and Negativity to State and Local Elections” by Chris Kardish in Governing.

Mystery Money: Your Guide to Campaign Finance in 2014” by Rebecca Ballhaus in The Wall Street Journal.

Billionaire donors to watch” by Tim Divaney in The Hill.

Arizona: “‘Dark money’ floods Phoenix pension election” by Dustin Gardiner in The Arizona Republic.

Connecticut: “Outside money pouring into Connecticut governor race despite public campaign funding system” by Susan Haigh (Associated Press) in The Republic.

Massachusetts: “Bitcoin makes an itty-bitty splash in MA politics” by Jordan Graham in the Boston Herald.

Wyoming: “Legislature may take on independent expenditures” by LAURA HANCOCK in the Casper Star-Tribune.


Ex-GSA official indicted in spending scandal” by Peter Sullivan in The Hill.

Illinois: “Lobbyist’s attorney: Roland Burris involved in shakedown while in Senate” by Jason Meisner in the Chicago Tribune.

Maryland: “Md. elections board: Leggett improperly used campaign funds for trips” by Bill Turque in The Washington Post.

Oklahoma: “Informal hearings set by Ethics Commission” in The Edmund Sun.

Virginia: “Full list of McAuliffe ethics commission members” by Travis Fain in the Daily Press.


Voter Turnout Plummeting in Local Elections” by Mike Maciag in Governing.

Michigan: “Dems asked to end online absentee ballot program” by The Associated Press in the Detroit Free Press.

Ohio: “Appeals court: Early voting can start Tuesday” by The Associated Press in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Virginia: “450,000 in Va. may lack proper ID needed to vote” by Antonio Olivo and Jenna Portnoy in The Washington Post.

Political Advertising

There have been roughly 550,000 state race TV ads this campaign season — so far” by Niraj Chokshi in The Washington Post.

State Legislatures

The Evolution of State Legislatures Has Driven Some to Flee” by Alan Ehrenhalt in Governing.

Tech and Social Media

These 7 local governments will Code for America in 2015” by Luke Fretwell in Govfresh.

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