September 1, 2016 •
Today marks 69 days until Election Day 2016. The end to this year’s election is almost here and we can talk about 2017 after November 8th. In the meantime, State and Federal Communications is starting its own grassroots movement to […]
Today marks 69 days until Election Day 2016. The end to this year’s election is almost here and we can talk about 2017 after November 8th.
In the meantime, State and Federal Communications is starting its own grassroots movement to Keep US Strong and we have thousands of pins to deliver to you. Just send an e-mail to email@example.com and we will deliver a box of our VOTE pins to you…And, be on the lookout for our bi-annual VOTE card.
I cannot express how important it is for everyone to VOTE this year. I may be preaching to the choir, but we all know people who are thinking about not voting. Let’s get this movement started to make sure everyone knows how important it is to VOTE.
Does anyone have any question about how I feel about voting? How else can you help?
Glad you asked.
Take senior citizens or anyone with difficulties to your local Board of Elections to VOTE before November 8th. I have taken my parents directly to the Summit County Board of Elections and the staff has noticed and even thanked me for helping.
Work at your Board of Elections on November 8th. I keep wanting to do this and need to stop making excuses about not doing so. Those octogenarians who are currently staffing the voting places aren’t getting younger and we are decades away from on-line voting.
Get out the VOTE pin. We started these in 2012 and it definitely takes time for them to go viral…We have plenty to spare.
Until next month, clear your calendar so you can VOTE on November 8th or make plans to vote early—either at your local Board of Elections or by absentee ballot.
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July 18, 2016 •
On July 16, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced she will “propose a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United” in her first 30 days in office if elected president. The announcement, in a video created by Clinton, was played at Netroots […]
On July 16, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced she will “propose a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United” in her first 30 days in office if elected president.
The announcement, in a video created by Clinton, was played at Netroots Nation, a politically progressive conference held this past weekend in St. Louis, Missouri. In the video, Clinton says she will “appoint Supreme Court justices who understand that this decision was a disaster.”
Clinton has previously championed the establishment of a small-donor matching system for presidential and congressional elections.
July 18, 2016 •
Gov. Mike Pence is Donald Trump’s choice for vice president. Trump announced his running mate on July 15, 2016, via Twitter. Pence submitted his withdrawal for re-election after one term as the governor on July 15, 2016. The state GOP […]
Gov. Mike Pence is Donald Trump’s choice for vice president.
Trump announced his running mate on July 15, 2016, via Twitter. Pence submitted his withdrawal for re-election after one term as the governor on July 15, 2016.
The state GOP will meet on July 26 to vote on the party’s replacement gubernatorial candidate.
October 15, 2012 •
Start the week off right with these government relations news articles:
“PACs attack: N.Y. seeing a flood of outside money” by The Associated Press in Pressconnects.com.
Florida: “Meet Florida’s big-time donors to super PACs” by Alex Leary in the Miami Herald.
“Md. referendum campaigns raise $53 million” by John Wagner and Aaron C. Davis in The Washington Post.
“Loopholes abound in some lobbyist gift bans” by Chris Joyner in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Patton Boggs moves to reinvent itself” by Catherine Ho in The Washington Post.
“Lobbying Efforts From Tech Companies Surge On Capitol Hill” in Fast Company.
Kentucky: “Ellen Williams joins McBrayer lobbying team” by Tom Lotus in the Courier-Journal.
Pennsylvania: “Lobbyists could be subject to open-records law” by Dan Miller in the Patriot-News.
Pennsylvania: “Lobbyists’ checks buy lawmaker access” by John L. Micek in the Morning Call.
“Jackson Jr. probe focuses on house” by Kevin Robillard in Politico.
Campaigns and Elections
“Candidates turn to geo-targeting in ads” by Megan R. Wilson in The Hill.
“For politically playful news orgs, the 2012 election means social interactivity” by Adrienne LaFrance in Nieman Journalism Lab.
“Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out the Vote” by Charles Duhigg in The New York Times.
September 10, 2012 •
Here is your chance to “Ask the Experts” at State and Federal Communications, Inc.
Q. Are there any additional compliance requirements of which to be aware because this is a Presidential election year?
A. In a word, no. However, given the substantial increase in federal, state, and local contributions, it is important to keep in mind some compliance basics during an election year:
- Be aware of what restrictions exist in a specific jurisdiction regarding pre-election contributions and/or communications. Several states have laws restricting contributions within a certain time period of an election. Federally, there are time-period restrictions associated with election communications;
- Track reportable contributions that may only come into play during an election year. For instance, at the federal level, contributions made to an inaugural committee are reportable on the LD-203;
- The same gift laws apply leading up to an election as the rest of the year. Understand the definition of a gift as it relates to a “covered official” from any given jurisdiction and don’t violate it because you happen to be attending an election-related activity, including conventions;
- Most jurisdictions have personal, corporate and/or PAC contribution limits. Be diligent in monitoring contributions so as not to surpass those limits;
- Don’t rely on a “covered official” from any jurisdiction to know his/her jurisdiction’s limits or restrictions. Be proactive in determining restrictions ahead of time; and
- Consider implementing “Election Year” guidelines within your organization to keep everyone on the same page.
In an election year, the increase in activity coupled with jurisdictional differences can make compliance a little trickier. By following these fundamental guidelines, you are more likely to ensure that at the end of the day you can say, “I Comply.” As always, should you have any questions regarding your compliance efforts, don’t hesitate to refer to State and Federal Communication’s on-line source books or contact us directly.
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(We are always available to answer questions from clients that are specific to your needs, and we encourage you to continue to call or e-mail us with questions about your particular company or organization. As always, we will confidentially and directly provide answers or information you need.) Our replies to your questions are not legal advice. Instead, these replies represent our analysis of laws, rules, and regulations.
March 16, 2012 •
With a dose fun and healthy skepticism, Lobby Comply takes a look into the future:
This week instead of one site, we are highlighting a host of sites. Every presidential election brings with it the desire to predict an outcome. Here are the forecasts of a few pundits (and otherwise):
For the “tried and true”
If you like a voice of experience, take a look at James Zogby’s “Predicting the Presidential Election: 2012” in the Huffington Post. His article presents the finding of American University professor Allan Lichtman, who has correctly predicted the outcome of every election from 1984 through 2008. His vote is on Obama.
U.S. News and World Report’s Paul Bedard and Lauren Fox also talk about Lichtman in “Never-Wrong Pundit Picks Obama to Win in 2012.”
Forbes gives us “Yahoo’s Signal Predicts Presidential Election: Obama Over Romney” by Tomio Geron. Yahoo uses a system called The Signal, which claims to be correct 88% of the time, with a 3% margin of error.
For the social media aficionados
USA Today published “Can social media predict election outcomes?” by Scott Martin and Jon Swartz, who take a look at Facebook and Twitter conversations as election indicators.
The Meltwater Group gives us this word cloud showing us how much buzz the candidates are generating in social media from “We the People – Social Media Voices on Election 2012.”
PRMarketing.com posted “Predicting the 2012 President” by James Rognon, where he predicts Lady Gaga would win if we look solely at social media connections.
For the betting type of person
There is the “2012 United States Presidential Election Betting Odds” on politicalbettingodds.com.
Electoralmap.net’s 2012 Electoral Map Forecast says it uses “data from the Intrade prediction market, where individuals place wagers on the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election in each state.”
Who knows, perhaps someday a super-computer will come along with a super algorithm that can – with extreme accuracy – predict the outcome of an upcoming election and we could dispense with all of the campaign ad spending and debates, etc. Until that time, enjoy these sites as they cast their predictions.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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