April 8, 2020 •
Gov. Tom Wolf granted the Department of State’s request to extend the deadline for filing lobbying reports and temporarily waive the notarization requirement for campaign finance reports. The governor granted the request in response to COVID-19 and to minimize delays […]
Gov. Tom Wolf granted the Department of State’s request to extend the deadline for filing lobbying reports and temporarily waive the notarization requirement for campaign finance reports.
The governor granted the request in response to COVID-19 and to minimize delays in required reporting.
The lobbying disclosure report deadline for the first quarter is extended until July 30.
The reports are required on the same date as the second quarterly report but must be filed separately.
The governor also granted a temporary waiver of the notarization requirement for campaign finance reports and campaign finance statements filed by political committees and candidates for public office.
The waiver allows the required documents to be filed online until the COVID-19 health emergency subsides.
Filers must sign, either physically or typed, and date their report or statement cover sheet.
For filers who file on paper, the department will accept emailed campaign finance reports for the duration of the emergency.
Filers must email the campaign finance reports to: RAfirstname.lastname@example.org.
January 10, 2014 •
The Delaware Ethics Commission has extended the deadline for year-end campaign finance reports due to glitches in the online filing system. The deadline to file year-end reports is now February 20.
The Delaware Ethics Commission has extended the deadline for year-end campaign finance reports due to glitches in the online filing system.
The deadline to file year-end reports is now February 20.
November 2, 2012 •
Assemblyman to propose “three strikes and you’re out” bill
Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco is ready to play hard ball with campaign finance violators. Tedisco and two other lawmakers are hoping to introduce a “three strikes and you’re out” type of a bill for people who fail to file campaign financing reports with the state.
The possible legislation would send those who fail to file reports on three separate occasions to prison. This comes in the wake of serious scandals sweeping the state, including former state Senator Pedro Espada who was convicted of tax fraud and is awaiting sentencing. Espada owes around $30,000 in fines to the state, which the state is highly unlikely to ever see.
Tedisco says New York needs laws on the books that have teeth, so politicians are not willing to circumvent the rules. It does not seem likely for a bill of this nature to pass both houses of the general assembly, especially when the sponsor of the bill is coming from the minority party. However, Governor Andrew Cuomo is making a big push for campaign finance reforms, so an increase in penalties and enforcement is not impossible.
As Tedisco said, “Sunshine is truly the greatest disinfectant. That’s why we need to strengthen the laws to allow for full disclosure and transparency.”
Photo of Jim Tedisco courtesy of UpstateNYer on Wikipedia.
April 12, 2012 •
Here are the latest articles:
Florida: “In wake of ‘Taj Mahal’ scandal, Florida Supreme Court approves new lobbying rules for judges” by Lucy Morgan in the Tampa Bay Times.
Florida: “Florida Supreme Court to judges: No lobbying” by Lucy Morgan in The Miami Herald.
Georgia: “Georgia ethics commission goes easy on late campaign reports after change in process” by Walter C. Jones in The Florida Times-Union.
Idaho: “Retiring ID Rep. lands at lobbying, marketing firm” by The Associated Press in the Idaho Statesman.
Kansas: “Corporations drop memberships in ALEC, which has strong ties to Kansas Legislature” by Scott Rohtschild in the Lawrence Journal-World.
Maryland: “Campaign Finance Transparency Measures Pass General Assembly” by Megan Poinski in Southern Maryland Online.
Massachusetts: “House may pull PR, CEOs, communications specialists into lobbying definition” by Colleen Quinn in the Boston Herald.
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