New York’s JCOPE Budgets to Defend Regulation - State and Federal Communications

May 24, 2016  •  

New York’s JCOPE Budgets to Defend Regulation

JCOPEEarlier this year, the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) made a regulatory change requiring public relations professionals to document outreach to editorial boards and report their activity to the state as lobbying.

The regulation is now being contested by public relations firms who have joined in a federal suit challenging the reporting requirement under free speech provisions of the First Amendment. In response, the commission has budgeted $300,000 annually to a legal defense fund to support this measure.

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