Last week, New York’s City Council passed an ordinance amending its lobbying laws. While these reforms largely have gone unnoticed, a close look at the changes, some of which go into effect on January 1, reveals some potentially far-reaching implications.

First, the definition of “lobbying” has been expanded to include attempts to influence “any determination

Buried in the recently‐enacted and controversial North Carolina Voter ID law is an additional restriction on political activity by lobbyists. North Carolina already prohibited lobbyists from making personal political contributions at any time, and from collecting and transferring contributions from multiple donors (known as bundling). Starting October 1, lobbyists will be prohibited from collecting and

Frustrated with his failure to reach a deal with state legislators on campaign finance reform, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last month the formation of a special commission to investigate public corruption and recommend changes in the state’s campaign finance and lobbying laws.  The 25-member Commission, each of whom has been deputized by the

A final ruling on the constitutionality of the long-standing ban on contributions by federal government contractors met a significant setback last week when the D.C. Circuit remanded the case to the trial court. In an opinion issued on May 31, 2013, about two weeks after oral arguments, a three judge panel of the D.C. Circuit

New York State’s ethics and lobbying watchdog, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“JCOPE”), released revised draft amendments to its gift and honoraria rules and source of funding (“SOF”) regulations. JCOPE will seek formal public comment on all of these proposed rules. Copies of the new draft rules can be found here.

In January,

The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“JCOPE”), which oversees and regulates ethics and lobbying in New York, hosted the first in a series of roundtable discussions with the regulated community on March 8 (in Albany) and March 15 (in NYC).

The March roundtable discussions focused on the new Reportable Business Relationship (“RBR”)

A federal appeals court last week rejected a challenge to a Washington State law that requires a person or entity to register and file reports as a lobbyist for grassroots lobbying. Registration is triggered by receiving or spending just $500 in any 30-day period (or $1,000 in any 90-day period) to influence legislation. The U.S.

Last week the FEC increased the reporting threshold for contributions bundled by lobbyists to $17,100 (up from $16,700).

These bundling reports are required of authorized federal candidate committees, leadership PACs, and political party committees if the “reporting committee” receives two or more bundled contributions that exceed the $17,100 threshold.

A bundled contribution is any contribution