E-News from State and Federal
Bucket of States to Still Visit
Writing a monthly column doesn’t come easy for me…I
want to find something to pique your interest but
not make you fall asleep reading. I was kind of
stuck waiting until the 11th hour to write the
column when I thought I would see what I wrote in
previous Septembers. (So now you will all know I am
a technological pack rat and save everything I have
In 2014—three years ago I still have seven (7)
states to visit in this country. Now, I know those
of you who follow me on Facebook cannot believe I
have not been to all 50 states. I had not completed
it by 2014 and I am sorry to say I still have not
reached the goal.
I really thought I could knock off South Dakota with
Sen. Deb Peters at the NCSL Executive Committee meeting
in October but it conflicts with a few other events
that week and I cannot get there. There is still a
chance I can knock this off by taking a US vacation
to see Mount Rushmore.
Back to the subject. I am now down to the Final
What are your outstanding ones? And, if any of you
have Ohio on that list, you need to call me to
attend any of a number sporting events—Cleveland
Browns, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland CAVS, Akron
Rubber Ducks, or a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame. I also have season tickets to the home
games to Kent State University Golden Flashes
I have a new goal and there is a new year coming
up…Let’s do it!
Until next month, put your list together of states
still left to see and hit the road.
Elizabeth Z. Bartz
President and CEO
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Campaign Finance Amendments Arrive in
George Ticoras, Esq.
September 5, 2017, changes to Manitoba’s campaign finance laws come
into force pursuant to Bill 26, The Election Financing Amendment
Act. Changes include an increase in contribution limits, changes to
contribution rules applicable to fundraising, new limits on cash
contributions, and additional laws regarding third party advertising
contributions will rise from the current per-calendar year amount of
$3,000 to $5,000. After each general election, the annual
contribution limits will be indexed for inflation and rounded up to
the nearest $100. A contribution is not considered to have been made
if a person pays $75 or less for two or more persons to attend or
participate in a fundraiser, if the individual charge is $25 or
less. If an item valued at more than $25 is sold to raise money, the
buyer is considered to have contributed the amount by which the sale
proceeds exceed the item's actual cost or market value when
acquired, whichever is more. A contribution is not considered to
have been made if two or more of the same item are sold together in
one sale for $75 or less and the charge for any individual item is
$25 or less. In addition, individuals are prohibited from
contributing cash in an amount exceeding $25.
parties must now register with Elections Manitoba immediately after
having incurred election communication expenses totaling $2,500. The
registration remains valid until election day.
party must not incur election communication expenses of more than
$25,000 during an election period of a general election, $100,000 in
a pre-election period, and $5,000 in the election period for a
by-election or for multiple by-elections having the same election
day. The election communication expense limits listed are adjusted
annually for inflation.
made with the knowledge and consent of a registered party are
considered advertising expenses of the registered party.
party cannot circumvent or attempt to circumvent election
communication expense limits or registration requirements. Examples
of circumvention include splitting a third party into two or more
third parties or acting in collusion with another third party to
[The details for this article have
been updated on our website in the Contributions and the
Registration and Reports Required sections of the Political
Contributions Compliance Laws for Manitoba.]
Summary of Changes UPDATE
Note Recent Changes to
Michael Beckett, Esq., Research
Gov. Kay Ivey banned lobbyists from executive branch
appointments in an executive order dated July 13. The order states
public officials or public employees of the executive branch are
prohibited from appointing a registered lobbyist to any executive
agency. Any lobbyist currently serving in a position within the
executive branch may finish their current term.
City Council adopted an ethics ordinance at its meeting on August
15. The ordinance brings lobbyist registration and quarterly
reporting requirements along with a two-year revolving door
restriction. The ordinance also requires certain city officials to
retain all email communications for 90 days, rather than the current
37 days. Councilman Jose Moreno promised to introduce the ordinance
upon his inauguration to the City Council in response to a perceived
lack of transparency involving the decision to offer city tax
subsidies for luxury hotel developers. The ordinance is effective
FLINT, MICHIGAN: Voters approved updates to the City Charter on August 8.
Updates include new lobbying regulations and gift restrictions for
persons doing or seeking to do business with the city. Lobbyist
registration will be required for individuals who spend more than
$1,000 on lobbying city officials or more than $250 on lobbying a
single official in any year. City officials will now face
post-employment restrictions on lobbying for one year after leaving
office. Changes are effective January 1, 2018.
ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The City Council voted to
draft a law requiring contractors doing business with the city to
disclose whether they have any contracts connected with the proposed
border wall between Mexico and the United States. The current
proposal would not ban companies working on the wall from doing
business with Los Angeles, but many council members said it would be
a factor they could consider when voting on city contracts. The City
Council voted 13-0 to have city attorneys draft the ordinance. Once
drafting is complete, City Council will consider the ordinance for
MISSOURI: The Ethics
Commission recently issued an advisory opinion clarifying campaign
finance rules for corporations seeking to contribute to PACs.
Currently, a corporation may not contribute its own funds to its
connected PAC, but it may contribute direct corporate funds to an
unconnected PAC. The new opinion provides additional guidance on
whether a corporation and a PAC are considered connected for the
purpose of campaign finance law. If contributions to a PAC are from
a corporation’s general treasury, and not from the corporation’s
officers, employees, or spouses, it is possible the PAC is not
connected to the organization. In such a scenario, if the
corporation does not expend funds or provide services or facilities
to administer or maintain the PAC, and it does not expend funds or
provide services to solicit contributions to the PAC from its
members, officers, directors, employees, or security holders, it is
not a connected organization. This is true even when the PAC is
funded 100 percent by a corporation’s general treasury funds.
Moreover, assuming the corporation did not establish the PAC and
does not serve as a connected organization, it may make unlimited
monetary contributions from the corporate treasury.
Legislation We Are
At any given time, more than 1,000
legislative bills, which can affect how you do business as a government
affairs professional, are being discussed in federal, state, and local
jurisdictions. These bills are summarized in State and Federal
Communications' online Compliance Laws for Government Relations
Professionals. They can be found on a
jurisdiction's home page.
Summaries of major bills are also included
in the monthly Summary of Changes email update sent to all clients. The chart below shows the
number of bills we are tracking in regard to lobbying laws, political
contributions, and procurement lobbying.
Number of Jurisdictions
More Regulations Mean Greater Attention to Compliance
by: Megan Huber-Kovachik,
Marketing Communications Associate
ethics and compliance is a vital part of any organization’s work.
Having a comprehensive compliance program ensures the organization
will not only be compliant, but demonstrates its commitment to
ethics to all its stakeholders. A key component to any compliance
program is the tracking of political activity of both the
organization as a whole and certain classes of employees.
insurance industry is such a highly regulated business, compliance
is essential. The laws and regulations governing this industry are
extremely nuanced, increasing the likelihood of an ethics violation.
Violations can become even more likely when an organization is
insurance industry, like so many sectors, is undergoing tremendous
change, as new regulatory oversight is introduced. Insurance
companies weigh these proposed changes and implement their own
strategies including strong government lobbying efforts to try to
influence policy and lawmakers. All this leads to a wealth of
lobbying activity and political contributions. By tracking this
political activity, companies can ensure violations do not occur. A
comprehensive compliance program will make sure all parties are
following the law and being completely transparent in their
reporting. But, an effective program requires the right tools.
This is why
so many insurance companies turn to State and Federal
Communications, Inc. We have the tools they need to build and
maintain their compliance reporting programs. Our comprehensive
website provides the most up-to-date information on lobbying and
political contributions laws in more than 350 jurisdictions. For
organizations seeking more guidance and support, our ALERTS
consulting services offer customized support to the individual needs
of the client – from the handling of lobbyist registration and
reporting to the vetting of contributions and all areas in-between.
marketplace, organizations demonstrating a commitment to honesty,
ethics, and transparency have an edge. To win and keep that edge, an
organization must have a comprehensive compliance program. Through
tracking both political activity and the ever-changing laws, an
organization will be able to ensure it is compliant with all
regulations – and working with State and Federal Communications will
help ensure the organization can keep up with all of the laws.
W E B S I T E
T I P
Grassroots lobbying is a vital part of many advocacy
campaigns. Just as vital is knowing what activity can
trigger registration and reporting requirements. State
and Federal Communications includes information on
grassroots lobbying in each entry and through the Quick
Reference Charts in the Lobbying Compliance Laws
publication. To access the information from within a
specific jurisdiction, choose the “Grassroots Lobbying”
subtopic from the left-hand menu. The Quick Reference
Chart can be found by clicking on the right side of the
red Lobbying Compliance Laws button and selecting "Grassroot
Lobbying” from the pop-up menu. Always refer to this
information when planning and carrying out your advocacy
campaigns to ensure you stay compliant.
Jurisdiction Added to our
of municipalities and regional governments our research
associates track continues to grow. We now cover almost
300 municipalities and local governments. This is part of a continuous effort to better serve the
needs of our clients.
This month's new jurisdiction is:
Federal Communications’ Experts Answer Your Questions
is your chance to “Ask the Experts” at State and Federal
Communications, Inc. Send your questions to
(Of course, we have always been available to answer
questions from clients that are specific to your needs, and
we encourage you to continue to call or email us with
questions about your particular company or organization. As
always, we will confidentially and directly provide answers
or information you need.) Our replies are not legal advice,
just our analysis of laws, rules, and regulations.
I have been out of the office on an extended vacation. I
just noticed a reminder e-mail that I have a lobbying report
due today that cannot be filed electronically. What are my
You still have the ability to submit the report in a timely
manner. Your first step should be to confirm the reportable
activity for your report. If it is your lobbyist report,
check your calendar or records to see whether you lobbied
during the reporting period. If the report is for your
employer, you must review not only your activity, but
possibly information for a contract lobbyist as well...
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do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.
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James Warner, Esq., Sr. Compliance Associate
State and Federal
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PGA’s Annual Executive
by: Katelynn Chilson, KSU Intern
The women of
State and Federal Communications had the opportunity to
attend PGA’s annual Executive Women’s Day and enjoy a day
filled with golf insights, advice, and lessons.
program was held at Firestone Country Club on August 1.
golf clinic, and inspiring atmosphere of the event came
together to create an uplifting day. Overall, Executive
Women’s Day was a hit among State and Federal Communications
employees and something we look forward to every year. It
was a beautiful day, an empowering program, and a great
start to the Bridgestone Invitational.
SGAC Certificates awarded while at NCSL
Past President of SGAC,
Donna Gellhard, International Paper; presented Amber Fish
Linke, Esq., Director, Client and
Product Operations, (left) and Nola R. Werren, Esq.,
Client Specialist (right) their Professional Lobbying
Certificates for completing this SGAC program.
Upon completing the Advanced Professional
Lobby Program, Katrina Iserman,
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.,
Elizabeth Z. Bartz, State and Federal Communications, Inc.,
and Jacqueline Clark, Ash Grove Cement,
certificates for completing this
Plan to say hello at future
events where State and Federal
will be attending and/or
speaking regarding compliance issues.
NABPAC Luncheon - Thinking Strategically,
Content Marketing World 2017,
September 7 -8
PLI Corporate Activities,
September 11 - 13
US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit,
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual
September 25 - 27
PAC State and Local Government Relations
2017 "Press v. Politicians" National Press
Club Spelling Bee,
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