Matthew Bobys

Matthew Bobys

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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"Contributions to Trump/Pence Campaign Are Subject to Pay-to-Play Rules"

On July 15, 2016, Donald Trump announced that he selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate. Contributions to the Trump/Pence campaign are now subject to prohibitions and restrictions under the...more

7/20/2016 - Broker-Dealer Donald Trump Investment Adviser Municipal Advisers Pay-To-Play Political Contributions Presidential Elections Rule G-37

"Supreme Court Vacates Corruption Conviction of Former Virginia Governor"

On June 27, 2016, the United States Supreme Court unanimously vacated the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on corruption charges and remanded the case for retrial. As discussed below, the impact of the...more

7/13/2016 - Criminal Prosecution Due Process Governor McDonnell Honest Services Fraud McDonnell v US Official Act Political Contributions Public Officials SCOTUS Vacated

"Watchdog Group Promises to Inspect Convention Events for Compliance"

According to news reports, the watchdog group Public Citizen will reprise its “bird-dogging” campaign to shed light on whether events held during the 2016 presidential nominating conventions violate applicable laws. As it has...more

7/12/2016 - Campaign Finance Reform Consumer Watchdog Pay-To-Play Political Conventions Presidential Elections Public Citizen

"FINRA Extends Deadline for SEC to Act on Proposed FINRA Pay-to-Play Rule"

On June 21, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority extended the time for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to act on Proposed Rules 2030 and 4580 (the Proposed Rules) to August 26, 2016. The Proposed...more

7/1/2016 - Broker-Dealer Filing Deadlines FINRA Investment Adviser Pay-To-Play Proposed Rules Recordkeeping Requirements SEC Securities Exchange Act Time Extensions

"Maryland Again Proposes Regulations Regarding Its Pay-to-Play"

The Maryland State Board of Elections recently proposed new regulations regarding its pay-to-play reporting law. The public comment period closes on May 30, 2016. Below is a summary of the key provisions contained in the...more

5/10/2016 - Corporate Executives Filing Requirements Notice Requirements Pay-To-Play Political Contributions State Board of Elections State Contractors Subsidiaries

"Maryland Amends Pay-to-Play Disclosure Law"

On April 26, 2016, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill amending the state’s pay-to-play disclosure law. The law currently requires that a filer include on its reports contributions made by or attributed to the filer...more

5/5/2016 - Board of Elections Disclosure Requirements Pay-To-Play Political Contributions Reporting Requirements State Contractors Subsidiaries

"Reminder: New Jersey Pay-to-Play Form BE Due on March 30, 2016"

This memorandum is to remind you that the annual filing for state and local contractors required under New Jersey Chapter 271 (Form BE) is due March 30, 2016. In particular, as we have described in previous mailings, this...more

3/8/2016 - Annual Filings Disclosure Requirements Pay-To-Play Political Contributions State and Local Government State Contractors

"MSRB Amendments to Pay-to-Play Rule Will Take Effect in August 2016"

On February 17, 2016, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced in Regulatory Notice 2016-06 that its draft amendments to Rule G-37 on political contributions, and related amendments to Rules G-8 and G-9 on...more

2/24/2016 - FINRA MSRB New Amendments Pay-To-Play Political Contributions Rule G-37 Rule G-8 Rule G-9 SEC

"New York JCOPE Issues Lobbying and Political Contributions Opinions"

On January 26, 2016, the New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) approved two controversial advisory opinions. The first opinion clarified the scope of the state’s lobby law. Although most of the media coverage on...more

2/16/2016 - Amnesty Lobbying Lobbyists Political Contributions

"Wisconsin Raises Contribution Limits, Eases Federal PAC Requirements"

On December 16, 2015, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed 2015 Wisconsin Act 117, which became effective January 1, 2016 (the Act). Among other changes, the Act eases the registration requirements for federal political action...more

2/3/2016 - New Legislation PACs Political Candidates Political Contributions Registration Requirement

"FEC Dismisses Wal-Mart PAC Match Case"

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently dismissed a complaint filed against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and its political action committee (PAC), finding that Wal-Mart's 2-for-1 PAC match program did not violate federal...more

2/3/2016 - 501(c)(3) Charitable Donations Election Laws Federal Election Commission (FEC) PACs Political Contributions Wal-Mart

"Political Contribution Disclosure Rules in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island"

The following describes the reporting requirements under Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island laws for certain corporate entities to file reports regarding their business relationships with these states, as...more

1/26/2016 - Corporate Entities Disclosure Requirements PACs Pay-To-Play Political Contributions Reporting Requirements

"FINRA Submits Pay-to-Play Rule 2030 to SEC for Approval"

On December 16, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) submitted Rules 2030 and 4580 (the Draft Rules) to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for approval. The Draft Rules set forth pay-to-play...more

1/8/2016 - Broker-Dealer Disclosure Requirements FINRA Investment Adviser Investment Companies Pay-To-Play Political Contributions Recordkeeping Requirements SEC

"MSRB Submits Pay-to-Play Rule G-37 Amendments to SEC for Approval"

On December 16, 2015, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) filed its draft amendments to Rule G-37 on political contributions (the Draft Rule) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Draft Rule...more

1/7/2016 - Broker-Dealer Disclosure Requirements MSRB Municipal Advisers Pay-To-Play Political Contributions Recordkeeping Requirements SEC

"FINRA and MSRB Submit Pay-to-Play Rules to SEC for Approval"

On December 16, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) submitted their respective pay-to-play rules to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for...more

12/22/2015 - Broker-Dealer FINRA Investment Adviser MSRB Pay-To-Play SEC

"MSRB Rulemaking Update: SEC Approves MSRB's Proposed Amendments to Gift Rule G-20, MSRB Files Second Amendment to Proposed Rule...

This is to update you about recent Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) actions. SEC Approves MSRB's Proposed Amendments to MSRB Rule G-20 and Related Recordkeeping - On November 6, 2015, the Securities and...more

12/1/2015 - Gifts MSRB Municipal Securities Issuers Proposed Amendments Rule G-20 Rule G-42 SEC

"Reminder: Maryland Pay-to-Play Report Due November 30, 2015"

We wish to remind you that companies with one or more Maryland state or local government contracts worth at least $200,000 are required to file semiannual pay-to-play reports with the Maryland State Board of Elections by each...more

11/12/2015 - Board of Elections Federal Contractors PACs Pay-To-Play Political Contributions Reporting Requirements State Contractors

"Municipal Advisor Update: SEC Examination Initiative, Series 50 Pilot Exam, Continuing Education Requirements"

SEC Municipal Advisor Examination Initiative - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently updated the National Association of Municipal Advisors on...more

10/27/2015 - Federal Pilot Programs FINRA MSRB Municipal Advisers OCIE SEC SEC Examination Priorities

"Maryland Proposes Regulations Regarding Its Pay-to-Play Reporting Law"

The Maryland Board of Elections recently proposed regulations regarding its pay-to-play reporting law, which was amended earlier this year and now requires companies that have one or more Maryland state or local government...more

10/12/2015 - Board of Elections CEOs Disclosure Requirements Federal Contractors Parent Corporation Pay-To-Play Political Contributions Public Comment Reporting Requirements Subsidiaries

"Recent MSRB Developments: Board Proposes Amendments to Gift Rule G-20, Schedules Municipal Advisor Pilot Exam"

Proposed Amendments to MSRB Rule G-20 - On September 2, 2015, the MSRB filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to Rule G-20, with conforming changes to related recordkeeping Rules G-8...more

9/16/2015 - FINRA Gifts MSRB Municipal Advisers Political Contributions Qualification Exams Recordkeeping Requirements Rule G-20 SEC

"DC Circuit Dismisses Challenge to SEC Rule 206(4)-5"

On August 25, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the D.C. District Court’s dismissal of a challenge to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pay-to-play Rule 206(4)-5 (the Rule) and...more

9/1/2015 - Dismissals First Amendment Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Jurisdiction Pay-To-Play Rule 206(4)-5 SEC Statute of Limitations

"SEC Extends Comment Period on Proposed Rule G-42, MSRB Files Partial Amendment"

On August 6, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed an Order instituting proceedings intended to determine whether to approve or disapprove Proposed Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) Rule G-42...more

8/20/2015 - Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Requirements MSRB Municipal Advisers Rule G-42 Rule G-8 SEC

"First Semiannual Report Under New Maryland Pay-to-Play Law Due August 31, 2015"

This month, many companies that had not previously been required to file Maryland pay-to-play reports will be required to file with the Maryland State Board of Elections for the first time. Maryland’s pay-to-play reporting...more

8/18/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Federal Contractors Filing Deadlines Pay-To-Play Political Contributions Reporting Requirements

"DC Circuit Unanimously Upholds Federal Contractor Contribution Ban"

On July 7, 2015, the federal circuit court for the District of Columbia sitting en banc issued a unanimous opinion upholding the federal contractor contribution ban against a constitutional challenge in the long-running case...more

7/15/2015 - Affiliates Anti-Corruption Equal Protection Federal Contractors Federal Election Commission (FEC) Fifth Amendment First Amendment Free Speech Parent Corporation Pay-To-Play Political Contributions SuperPACs

"Update on Compliance Date of SEC Rule 206(4)-5's Placement Agent Provision"

On June 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Release No. IA-4129 setting July 31, 2015, as the compliance date for SEC Rule 206(4)-5's placement agent restrictions on using third-party and affiliated...more

6/30/2015 - FINRA Investment Adviser MSRB New Regulations SEC

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