Lobbyists and advocates watch the action in the state Assembly on a television outside the chambers on Aug. 27, 2014. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy
February 19, 2015

The state ethics watchdog panel adopted regulations Thursday banning political fundraisers in the homes of lobbyists, rejecting exceptions to the rule proposed by a group representing legislative advocates.

The state Fair Political Practices Commission approved the new rules to reflect a change in law approved last year by the Legislature and governor in response to scandal. The panel rejected a proposal to allow fundraisers in lobbyists’ homes as long as the candidate pays for the use of the home.

The legislation was drafted after the FPPC imposed a record $133,500 fine last year against lobbyist Kevin Sloat and his firm for violating campaign contribution rules by providing wine, liquor and cigars at lavish fundraisers held at his home for lawmakers’ campaigns.

On Thursday, an attorney for the Institute of Governmental Advocates, a lobbyist trade group, argued unsuccessfully that a strict ban is unwarranted.

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