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California's Campaign Finance Agency, the Fair Political Practices Commission, Announces 2017/2018 Gift and Contribution Limits

The California Fair Political Practices Commission, charged with implementing the state’s campaign finance law, recently announced new gift and contribution limits for the 2017 – 2018 cycle. The agency is required to adjust...more

Spotlight on Lobbyist Employers: New California Reporting Requirements Begin October 2016

Continuing its efforts to increase transparency in the political process in California, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) adopted a new regulation in early 2016 that is aimed at shedding light on “shadow...more

New Limit & Requirement on 501(c)(4) "Social Welfare" Organizations

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released two position papers that affect new, and some existing, social welfare organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). Last month the IRS...more

New Presumptions of Coordination in CA Political Communications/Independent Expenditures

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (“FPPC”) has overhauled its regulations that define when an independent expenditure will be deemed to have been coordinated with a candidate or ballot measure committee. ...more

California Major Donor Notification & Multilayer Reporting Obligations Apply to Federal and State PACs

Political committees organized outside California (federal PACs and PACs formed in other states) may have to disclose their own donors to the State of California even though they have not made a direct contribution in...more

New 2015 Fundraising Restrictions on California Lobbyists and Limits on California Lobbying Firms

Lobbyists subject to new fundraising restrictions in 2015 - Effective January 1, 2015 lobbyists and their cohabitants are prohibited from hosting fundraising events for candidates and elected officials (for which the...more

New Non-profit Donor Disclosure Takes Effect July 1, 2014 for California Elections

On May 14, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 27 (S.B. 27), increasing the disclosure requirements that non-profit "multipurpose" organizations are subject to when engaging in California elections. This legislative...more

What's New for 2014 – FPPC Revises Treatment of Travel Payments to Public Agencies

A payment for a public official's travel will generally be a gift to the official under the Political Reform Act ("PRA"), subject to the annual $440 gift limit1, and reportable on the official's Statement of Economic...more

Companies & Committees Making Independent Expenditures in California Subject to Increased Disclosure & Penalties in 2013

Any entity engaged in the making of independent expenditures ("IE") to support or oppose candidates or ballot measures is subject to increased disclosure obligations and greater liability, due to a new law that goes into...more

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