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Vermont Right to Life, Inc. v. Sorrell: Independence Required

Since the Supreme Court found in Citizens United that “the absence of prearrangement and coordination . . .alleviates the danger that expenditures will be given as a quid pro quo for improper commitments from the candidate” –...more

7/10/2014 - Citizens United PACs SCOTUS SuperPACs

SEC Charges Private Equity Firm with Pay-to-Play Violations

For the first time since passing Rule 206(4)-5, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged a Philadelphia-area private equity firm with violations of the pay-to-play rule. The case concerns contributions made...more

6/24/2014 - Compliance Enforcement Actions Pay-To-Play Private Equity SEC

The Law of Unintended Consequences?

Shortly after the indictment of Rod Blagojevich, Illinois legislators passed a number of campaign finance reform measures, including contribution limits for the first time in the state’s history and limits on independent...more

6/17/2014 - Campaign Finance Reform Citizens United FEC PACs SuperPACs

FEC Approves Bitcoin Transactions

Earlier this month the Federal Election Commission issued Advisory Opinion 2014-02, which permits the acceptance of Bitcoins for political contributions. Bitcoin is a form of virtual, peer-to-peer currency that can be...more

5/19/2014 - Bitcoins FEC FINRA PACs Political Contributions SEC

Public Trust Act – A Public Financing Trial and Tribulation

The NY State Legislature and Governor Cuomo enacted a new State budget on April 1, and with it, enabling legislation that includes changes in NY’s campaign finance law. In addition to new independent expenditure disclosure...more

4/16/2014 - Campaign Finance Reform Public Trust Doctrine Trusts

Court Issues McCutcheon V. FEC; Strikes Down Aggregate Limits

Today the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. The decision, which was 5-4 and authored by Chief Justice Roberts, struck down the aggregate limits under the Federal Election Campaign...more

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

FEC Issues Two Advisory Opinions in Light of US v. Windsor

Yesterday, the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) became one of the first federal government agencies to take action in accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor....more

7/26/2013 - DOMA Federal Election Commission Political Contributions Same-Sex Marriage US v Windsor

IRS Issues Initial Report on 501(c)(4) Controversy

This week the Internal Revenue Service issued a report to assess the scandal that has been plaguing the agency ever since a Treasury Inspector General Report came out that, as the report cites, found that... ...more

6/26/2013

Court Denies Cert in Danielczyk

It’s been a roller coaster week for campaign finance law....more

2/25/2013 - Corporate Contributions Danielczyk v. United States SCOTUS

SCOTUS Accepts Campaign Finance Case for Review

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear McCutcheon v. FEC, which as we discussed here, addresses the constitutionality of the federal aggregate contribution limits. ...more

2/19/2013 - Campaign Finance Reform McCutcheon v. FEC Political Contributions SCOTUS

FEC Contribution Limits for 2013-2014

The Federal Election Commission has released increased contribution limits for the 2013-2014 cycle. ...more

1/30/2013 - Federal Election Commission Political Contributions

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