November Team v. JCOPE

Albany Times Union: JCOPE draws rights lawsuit (In the News)

Casey Seiler The suit is also supported by the Center for Competitive Politics, a Virginia-based nonprofit that has worked against state-imposed restraints on political donations and disclosure requirements that it views as chilling to public engagement. Intended to address the roles of consultants as “architects of grassroots lobbying campaigns to the public,” the rules at […]

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New York Times: Public Relations Firms Sue New York Ethics Panel Over New Disclosure Rule (In the News)

Jesse McKinley That new standard caused an uproar among many public relations professionals, who argued that such disclosure would limit their right to free speech as well as the ability of editorial board members and other journalists to talk with such sources about issues and possible articles. “The commission’s action is a wholesale violation of […]

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Politico New York: PR firms file suit over ‘hopelessly vague’ JCOPE lobbying definition (In the News)

Bill Mahoney They argue that JCOPE’s definition of what constitutes lobbying goes beyond the types of activities that have been narrowed by First Amendment case law. While courts have permitted regulations of grassroots lobbying in the past, this has typically been limited to efforts to get third parties to influence lawmakers, such as by paying […]

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New York Post: PR People fight requirement to disclose communications with reporters (In the News)

Carl Campanile Under the new regulation, JCOPE said “any attempt by a consultant to induce a third party — whether the public or press — to deliver the client’s lobbying message to a public official would constitute lobbying.” The activity would have to be reported under the threat of civil fines or criminal prosecution, the […]

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PR Firms Sue NY on New Lobbying Rule

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit working to promote and defend First Amendment rights to free political speech, assembly, and petition announced that five public relations firms filed a lawsuit in federal court today seeking to block a new lobbying rule by the New York State Joint Commission on […]

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New York Daily News: Foes of free speech: New York State’s ethics commission adds insult to the injury of a terrible lobbying rule (In the News)

Editorial Board While wildly overreaching with a regulation that crimps speech protected by the First Amendment, New York State’s ethics commission is conducting invitation-only seminars on new lobbying protocols with lobbyists. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics had no room for the public to see how it expects those who pressure government to behave in […]

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New York Daily News: Keep those calls coming: Labeling dealings with editorial boards ‘lobbying’ is nuts (In the News)

Editorial Board Now, ill-considered letter-of-the-law logic has led the panel into extending the definition of lobbying to include communication between paid representatives of interest groups and the media. The draft of its rule would have covered “a public relations consultant who contacts a reporter or editorial board in an attempt to get the media outlet […]

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Wall Street Journal: Proposed Disclosure Rule in Albany Riles Political Circles (In the News)

Erica Orden “To the esteemed members of the New York Press Corps,” the email read, if the state ethics commission “has its way, this note will have to be reported to the government.” The letter, sent earlier this month from a group of Republican consultants, was intended to set off alarms. And it did, intensifying […]

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