Padavan Presents Campaign Consultant Registration Amendment to Ethics Reform Legislation

January 21, 2010

During the debate, Padavan introduced an amendment that would have strengthened the legislation under consideration by the Senate. Padavan’s amendment is identical to his legislation, S.3254, which calls for the establishment of reasonable disclosure requirements for all campaign consultants including those who also engage in lobbying state officials. Under the amendment, campaign consultants must register with the Ethics Commission and list employees, clients and fees for services. Currently, the City of New York, the City of San Francisco and the State of Texas have similar transparency measures in effect.  The amendment was rejected by Senate Democrats.