Intelligence and analysis on lobbying
STATE WATCH: California's Fair Political Practices Commission held a public hearing yesterday about a proposal for more lobbying disclosures. The new rule would require itemized reporting of spending on ads, grassroots and other activities meant to influence the government, directly or indirectly. Not many people spoke, but there seemed be an unusually big audience listening in (based on the number of hang-up beeps at the end of the call). The commission will take comments before voting in January. “Chair Jodi Remke [who took over when Ann Ravel went to the FEC] is hoping to guide and set policy that other states might follow, as well as to encourage efforts at the federal level to promote disclosure,” spokesman Jay Wierenga said.