RECENT LOBBYING, ETHICS & CAMPAIGN FINANCE UPDATES
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Marketing campaign Finance & Lobbying Compliance
California: On Thursday, February 18, the FPPC is about to undertake a package deal of laws implementing the brand new legislation imposing default contribution limits on cities and counties that don’t have native legal guidelines imposing limits. (FPPC Agenda)
California: A Palo Alto metropolis council member was fined by the California Truthful Political Practices Fee for marketing campaign finance violations, together with violations of the prohibitions in opposition to candidates utilizing their private financial institution accounts for marketing campaign expenditures. (Gennady Sheyner, Palo Alto Weekly)
New York Metropolis: The New York Metropolis Board of Elections’ prime lawyer resigned amid an ongoing misconduct probe. (Carl Campanile and Nolan Hicks, NY Publish<https://nypost.com/2021/02/08/top-ny-elections-board-lawyer-retires-amid-misconduct-probe/>)
Washington: Tim Eyman, a proponent of a number of overlapping initiative committees in Washington State, has been fined $2.6 million and barred from controlling political committees after a courtroom discovering that he violated a number of state marketing campaign finance legal guidelines. (Martin Bilboa, The Olympian)
Wisconsin: Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes’ marketing campaign was fined by the State Ethics Fee for accepting a contribution that exceeded contribution limits by $1,600 from a political celebration committee. (Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Authorities Ethics & Transparency
Baltimore: Baltimore Metropolis State’s Legal professional Mosby attended 24 out-of-town occasions over a two-year interval with most journeys not authorised by the Board of Ethics as required, in accordance with a brand new Inspector Basic’s report. (Brandon Ingram, WMAR) The contents of the Inspector Basic studies are being disputed by Mosby’s legal professionals, nevertheless. (Ryan Dickstein, WMAR)
Indiana: A state consultant’s invoice geared toward growing reasonably priced housing choices and limiting native authorities overreach raised conflicts of curiosity issues due to the consultant’s possession in a house constructing firm. (AP Report, Chicago Post Tribune)
New York: The Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Ethics (JCOPE) is resigning, and Governor Cuomo is appointing lawyer Camille Joseph Varlack as a brand new committeeperson and chair. (Chris Bragg, Albany Times Union)
States won’t get the important thing information to attract new congressional and legislative maps till September, organising a race to attract new maps and struggle over them in courtroom earlier than the 2022 midterms. (Michael Macagnone, Roll Call)