Christopher DeLacy

Christopher DeLacy

Holland & Knight LLP

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Obama Administration Backtracks on Key Lobbyist Restrictions

Today, the Obama Administration issued revised guidance regarding federal lobbyists serving on federal advisory boards and commissions. Now, instead of a total ban, federal lobbyists will be able to serve in a...more

8/14/2014 - Executive Orders Lobbying Lobbyists

Post-Employment Rules and Restrictions for Former Federal Government Officials

Thinking of hiring a former federal government official? Better know the post-employment rules and restrictions: Lifetime Ban - Former Executive Branch Employees and Officials may not "switch sides" in relation to a...more

8/4/2014 - Federal Employees Former Employee Government Officials Hiring & Firing

Watch Out Stealth Lobbyists

The oft discussed and long-anticipated unregistered federal lobbyist investigation may be occurring as we speak. The recently released 2014 first quarter report of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) disclosed that one...more

7/29/2014 - Investigations Lobbying Disclosure Act Lobbyists OCE Registration

FEC Publishes Post-McCutcheon Revised Contribution Limits For 2013-2014

The Federal Election Commission's revised federal contribution limits for 2013-2014 removed any reference to the biennial aggregate limit which was recently stuck down by the Supreme Court in McCutcheon v. FEC. ...more

4/9/2014 - FEC McCutcheon v. FEC Political Contributions SCOTUS

In McCutcheon, the Supreme Court Strikes Down the FEC's Biennial Aggregate Limits

In the most significant campaign finance decision since Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court today struck down the Federal Election Commission's biennial aggregate limits. In McCutcheon v. FEC, the Court left in place...more

4/3/2014 - Aggregation Rules Campaign Contributions First Amendment McCutcheon v. FEC SCOTUS

DOJ Seeks $5 Million Lobbying Disclosure Act Penalty

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia recently filed a civil complaint against a lobbyist and a lobbying firm alleging violations of the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) that could result in a fine of over $5...more

3/20/2014 - Disclosure Requirements DOJ Fines Lobbying Lobbyists Penalties

Governor McAuliffe Signs Ethics Executive Order for Virginia

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, on his first day in office, signed Executive Order 2 "Personnel Directive Prohibiting the Receipt of Certain Gifts; Establishment of Executive Branch Ethics Commission" which bans executive...more

1/14/2014 - Bribery Corporate Gifts Ethics Executive Orders

DOJ Secures $200,000 Lobbying Disclosure Act Penalty

A default judgment secured in U.S. v. Biassi Business Services Inc., D.D.C. may be indicative of a more aggressive Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) enforcement policy, and the U.S. Attorney's Office is considering pursuing...more

12/16/2013 - DOJ Enforcement Enforcement Actions Lobbying Lobbying Disclosure Act Lobbyists Penalties

Politically Active? Get Guidance on Updates to Campaign Contribution Laws

As part of a series of post-Watergate ethics reforms during the 1970s, Congress enacted a secondary set of federal campaign contribution limits in order to prevent the circumvention of the direct contribution limits. The U.S....more

12/5/2013 - FEC Political Campaigns Political Contributions SCOTUS

U.S. Attorney Seeks $33 Million Lobbying Disclosure Act Penalty

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia filed a complaint on June 7, 2013, seeking up to $33 million in fines against a consulting firm for violations of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (LDA), as amended....more

6/13/2013 - Compliance Disclosure Requirements DOJ Fines Lobbying Registration

White House Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order

The long-awaited cybersecurity executive order (EO), which will ultimately establish national cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure, was issued by President Obama on February 12, 2013. At the same time, the...more

2/15/2013 - Barack Obama Critical Infrastructure Sectors Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework DHS Executive Orders Information Sharing Infrastructure NIST Power Grid Presidential Directives Voluntary Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Program

Obama Issues Long Awaited Cybersecurity Executive Order

On February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama issued the long awaited cybersecurity Executive Order, which will establish national cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure. This cybersecurity Executive Order was...more

2/13/2013 - Barack Obama Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Act DHS Executive Orders Infrastructure NIST State of the Union

What You Need to Know About the STOCK Act

Beginning today, members and senior staff1 of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are required to disclose certain financial transactions no later than 45 days after the transaction has occurred. This new...more

7/3/2012 - Insider Trading Know Your Customers Periodic Transfer Reports Rule 10b-5 SEC Securities Exchange Act STOCK Act

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