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Pursuant to Chapter 271, a business entity that has received $50,000 or more in government contracts in a calendar year must file an annual disclosure statement electronically with ELEC. The disclosure form requires reporting contract information and reportable contributions the business entity has made. The due date for the first annual disclosure report for calendar year 2006 is September 28, 2007.
We’re starting a countdown and will be posting various tips to help you along the way. Read more for your first tip. Continue reading
If you are engaged in lobbying the City of New York, can you offer a New York City public servant a cup of coffee? The answer is Yes and No. Continue reading
An “architect of public financing,” Laurence Laufer was profiled in the NY Observer today by Azi Paybarah, also a writer for the the Observer’s political blog, The Politicker.
In today’s New York Law Journal read about the new NYC pay-to-play law and other recent campaign finance law changes.
Making good on campaign promises, Governor Eliot Spitzer signed an omnibus ethics reform bill on March 26, 2007 known as the Public Employee Ethics Reform Act of 2007. The Act contains reforms to the ethical standards that public officials must observe, and notably, the legislation creates a Public Integrity Commission, which will replace the State Ethics Commission and the New York Temporary State Commission on Lobbying. The legislation, with some exceptions, will take effect on April 25, 2007. Read more for a brief overview of the new legislation. Continue reading
On February 7, 2007, Mayor Cory Booker issued Executive Order MEO-07-001, which subjects pay-to-play restrictions on persons and entities doing business with or hoping to do business with the City of Newark. Read more for specifics on the EO. Continue reading
On March 6, 2007, the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission approved proposed regulations implementing Chapter 271. With the exception of an amendment narrowing the definition of “officer,” ELEC adopted the rules as proposed. Read more for important details on coverage of non-profits and officer and director disclosure. Continue reading
As a result of the expansion in 2006 of lobbying regulation in New Jersey, many businesses that were not previously required to file disclosure reports as “lobbyist organizations” were required to file the 2006 Annual Reports with ELEC in February 2007. More deadlines await.
Read more for a list of filing deadlines for New Jersey and New York lobbyists. Continue reading
The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission recently proposed regulations to implement P.L. 2005, c. 271 (“Chapter 271”). The Commission held a public hearing on November 21, 2006 and accepted written comments on its proposed Chapter 271 regulations up until January 5, 2007; exactly one-year after Chapter 271 was signed into law. Read more for a summary of the proposed regulations. Continue reading
In December 2006, the First Department of the New York State Appellate Division held that candidates and treasurers are not personally liable for public fund repayment claims under the NYC Campaign Finance Act: New York City Campaign Finance Board v. Ortiz Continue reading