RECENT UPDATES ON LOBBYING, ETHICS AND CAMPAIGN FINANCING
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Campaign funding and lobbying compliance
The United States Supreme Court has ruled to hear Senator Ted Cruz’s challenge to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) rule that candidates who lend to their campaigns can only repay themselves with a maximum of $ 250,000 in funds raised after polling day. (Melissa Quinn, CBS News)
A federal court ordered the FEC to pursue a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association that alleged illegal coordination between the group and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 (Soo Rin Kim, ABC News)
Colorado: The citizens of Boulder have filed a campaign finance complaint against city council candidate Steven Rosenblum, alleging he received an excessive in-kind campaign contribution in the form of legal research and other assistance related to filing ‘a complaint against the progressives in Boulder. (Deborah Swearingen, Boulder Daily Camera)
Georgia: Contribution limits for candidates for office statewide have increased from $ 7,000 to $ 7,600 for primary and general elections, and contribution limits for second-round elections are now $ 4,500, for $ 4,100. (American News and World Report)
Ethics and government transparency
Following questions about the stock holdings and transactions disclosed in their financial information, federal reserve bank executives in Dallas and Boston have announced they will be stepping down. (Jeanna Smialek, The New York Times)
Lawyers Defending American Democracy has filed a complaint with the DC Court of Appeals Disciplinary Committee requesting an investigation into former MJ official Jeffrey Clark. The ethics complaint alleged that Clark abused his official position in government by attempting to interfere with the Congressional election certification process. (Jean Kruzel, The hill)
new York: Governor Hochul appointed two new members to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), including Jose Nieves as chairman, days before a special meeting was called by the commission to consider guidance provided to former Governor Cuomo on the ethics rules related to his book on the response to the pandemic. (Bernadette Hogan, New York Post)
Texas: A city of Dallas task force released its recommendations for ethics reform in the city, the main suggestion being the creation of an independent inspector general who oversees complaints and ethics enforcement. (Ken Kalthoff, NBC DFW)