July 28, 2016 •
Thursday News Roundup
Lobbying “Lobbyists Celebrate Democratic Party’s New Embrace at Convention” by Jay Newton-Small for Time California: “Judge Questions Private Talks Between Coastal Commissioners and Developer’s Consultants” by Dan Weikel for Los Angeles Times Campaign Finance “George Soros Rises Again” by Kenneth […]
“Lobbyists Celebrate Democratic Party’s New Embrace at Convention” by Jay Newton-Small for Time
California: “Judge Questions Private Talks Between Coastal Commissioners and Developer’s Consultants” by Dan Weikel for Los Angeles Times
“George Soros Rises Again” by Kenneth Vogel for Politico
California: “‘Behested Payments’ Add Another Layer of Money in Politics” by Tracy Wood for Voice of OC
Indiana: “Eric Holcomb’s Access to Mike Pence’s Campaign Cash Might Be Restricted” by Tony Cook for Indianapolis Star
Texas: “Texas AG Took Gift While Investigating Company” by Associated Press for Texarkana Gazette
“Donald Trump Calls on Russia to Find Hillary Clinton’s Missing Emails” by Ashley Parker and David Sanger for New York Times
“Bill Clinton Praises His Wife’s Feminine Side” by Patrick Healy for New York Times
“Democrats Discreetly Turn Attention to Presidential Prospects of the Future” by Michael Shear for New York Times
July 26, 2016 •
Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update
Campaign Finance “IRS Gives Opposite Rulings to Convention Committees” by Kenneth Doyle for Bloomberg BNA California: “Campaign Cash: A Journey Through the Cal-Access Labyrinth” by Cosmo Garvin for Capitol Weekly Connecticut: “U.S. Attorney Opens Probe of Malloy’s 2014 Campaign Fundraising” by […]
“IRS Gives Opposite Rulings to Convention Committees” by Kenneth Doyle for Bloomberg BNA
California: “Campaign Cash: A Journey Through the Cal-Access Labyrinth” by Cosmo Garvin for Capitol Weekly
Connecticut: “U.S. Attorney Opens Probe of Malloy’s 2014 Campaign Fundraising” by Keith Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas for CT Mirror
“As Pick for No. 2, Tim Kaine Sees Gifts Come Under Scrutiny” by Eric Lipton and Steve Eder for New York Times
Massachusetts: “Supreme Court’s Corruption Decision Could Affect Mass. Cases” by Shelley Murphy for Boston Globe
New York: “N.Y. Lawmakers Seek to Strengthen State Bribery Law” by Matthew Hamilton for Albany Times Union
“DNC Turmoil Confirms Warnings: Hackers Are Targeting Campaigns” by Eric Geller for Politico
Louisiana: “Former KKK Leader David Duke, Citing Trump, Announces Senate Bid” by Elise Viebeck for Washington Post
July 24, 2015 •
DNC Accepting PAC and Lobbyist Contributions for 2016 Presidential Convention
A ban on contributions from lobbyists and PACs will be lifted for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The ban was imposed by the party in 2008. According to the New York Times, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) will accept these […]
A ban on contributions from lobbyists and PACs will be lifted for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The ban was imposed by the party in 2008.
According to the New York Times, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) will accept these once banned contributions for both the convention and for joint fundraising with presidential campaigns. Holly Shulman, a DNC spokeswoman, said the party will “not [be] accepting donations from political action committees and lobbyists for its general fundraising operations.”
Photo of the Philadelphia skyline by Massimo Catarinella on Wikimedia.
September 5, 2012 •
Social Media on the Campaign Trail
Republicans and Democrats battle to be the most present on social media platforms
As the United States continues to follow the 2012 presidential candidates down the campaign trail, social media is playing an ever growing role in both campaigns.
During the 2008 election, the use of social media by President Obama was considered innovative and a significant contributing factor to his success. While he is still hard at work to keep his title as the most social media savvy politician (even having a 50-state Twitter campaign), Republicans are catching up.
There now seems to be an ever-present competition going on between Republicans and Democrats, each trying to get the most traffic and largest response to their continuously updated social media platforms.
Although, the Democratic National Convention is still going on, it is already very apparent that this competition has extended with full force to both parties’ respective national conventions.
According to this article provided on Mashable, social media was dominated by GOP related traffic during their convention. There were over 4 million tweets and over 2.5 million YouTube views, as well as 300,000 streaming video hours.
Not to be outdone, an app created by ABC will provide a continuous news flow this week of the Democratic National Convention, including three live streams for mobile and desktop.
An interesting consequential outcome to the rising importance of social media in political campaigns is the rising competition among social media platforms to be the most innovative and utilized source.
It will be interesting to see which party comes out as the social media winner after all the statistics are tallied up for the DNC.
August 24, 2012 •
State and Federal Communications Sponsors Coverage of National Conventions
State and Federal Communications is proud to sponsor NPR coverage of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions on WAMU!
If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, be sure to listen to WAMU 88.5 American University Radio for your direct line to the National Conventions. Elizabeth Bartz, president and CEO of State and Federal Communications, said,”We are very excited to be a part of this crucial service!”
August 13, 2012 •
Sponsoring Local NPR Coverage of the National Conventions
State and Federal Communications is proud to sponsor WKSU’s 2012 Democratic and Republican Convention Coverage!
WKSU reporter M.L. Schultze will be covering the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida starting on August 27. Reporter Mark Urycki will be covering the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina starting on September 3.
Elizabeth Bartz, president and CEO of State and Federal Communications, has been a long supporter of the station, which is an NPR affiliate and a treasure of Northeast Ohio.
Bartz had this to say: “We are super-psyched to be the sponsor! It is important that our local NPR station has the ability to attend the national conventions.”
Photo of the Democratic National Convention in 2008 by Qqqqqq on Wikipedia.
July 19, 2012 •
Be Ready for the 2012 National Party Conventions!
We have everything you need in our new report.
2012 is an exciting year for national politics. State and Federal Communications, Inc. is your trusted resource for comprehensive lobbying and campaign finance guidelines to assist your organization with navigating the national party conventions. Here is our User’s Guide to National Party Conventions.
The Republican National Convention is being held in Tampa, Florida at the Tampa Bay Times Forum from August 27th to August 30th. The Democratic National Convention opens at the Time Warner Cable Arena on September 3rd and closes on September 6th with President Obama accepting the nomination of his party at the Bank of America Stadium.
These conventions will be a gathering place for delegates and other party members from across the country and thus will represent an excellent opportunity for your organization to interface with a wide range of public officials.
Knowledge of the applicable federal, state, and local rules governing your interactions with both convention delegates and other public officials in attendance will ensure your organization has the tools available to say, “I Comply.”
What is important as you read the document is knowing the official names of the convention and host committees:
1. Republican Convention Committee —
Committee on Arrangements for the 2012 Republican National Convention;
2. Democratic Convention Committee —
The 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee, Inc.;
3. Republican Host Committee —
2012 Tampa Host Committee; and
4. Democratic Host Committee —
Charlotte in 2012 Host Committee.
In closing, we hope this resource serves you well during the upcoming convention season. The Research Department of State and Federal Communications, under Manager John Cozine, made sure we looked at all avenues of giving.
We wish you all the best this summer before the conventions.
President and CEO of State and Federal Communications
State and Federal Communications, Inc. provides research and consulting services for government relations professionals on lobbying laws, procurement lobbying laws, political contribution laws in the United States and Canada. Learn more by visiting stateandfed.com.