Melissa Laurenza

Melissa Laurenza

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Former White House Senior Advisor Fined $90,000 for Violating Chicago Lobbying Rules

A former Senior Advisor to President Obama has been fined $90,000 for violating the City of Chicago’s lobbying ordinances by communicating with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on behalf of his client without registering as a lobbyist with...more

2/23/2017 - Fines Lobbyists Registration Requirement

New Federal Political Contribution Limits

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has released updated contribution limits for individuals, political action committees (PACs), and state and national party committees for the 2017-2018 election cycle. The limit for...more

2/3/2017 - Federal Election Commission (FEC) PACs Political Contributions

2017 Political Law Update

As we enter the new year, please note the following recent changes made to state and federal lobbying, gift and campaign finance laws...more

1/5/2017 - Campaign Contributions Lobbying PACs

Obama Administration’s New Labor Rule May Impact Corporate Political Action Committees

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finalized a new rule that modifies who is “exempt” from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. Corporations with Political Action...more

5/24/2016 - DOL Federal Election Commission (FEC) FLSA PACs White-Collar Exemptions

California Changes Lobbying Disclosure Requirements and Registration Exception

If you only read one thing . . . - Beginning with the Q3 2016 lobbying report, the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is requiring California lobbyist employers to itemize “other lobbying...more

3/24/2016 - Disclosure Requirements Fair Political Practices Commission Lobbyists

2016 Political Law Update

As we enter the new year, please note the following changes to state lobbying and gift laws effective January 1, 2016...more

1/5/2016 - Campaign Contributions Contribution Limits Lobbying Lobbyists

U.S. Court Upholds Federal Contractor Campaign Finance Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a constitutional challenge to the ban on U.S. government contractors making political contributions to candidates for federal office and federal political party...more

7/13/2015 - Campaign Contributions Federal Contractors Federal Election Commission (FEC) Political Contributions

Upcoming New Jersey Pay-to-Play Filing: Due March 30, 2015

Any business entity holding contracts in 2014 that, in the aggregate, totaled more than $50,000 with state agencies, the legislature, counties, municipalities, school boards and fire districts in New Jersey must...more

3/20/2015 - Filing Deadlines Filing Requirements Government Contractors Pay-To-Play

Federal Omnibus Bill Makes Significant Changes to Federal Campaign Finance Laws

The Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill (“Omnibus”) signed by President Obama on December 17, 2014, contains campaign finance provisions that allow national party committees to raise significantly more money from...more

12/19/2014

Supreme Court Campaign Finance Decision Invalidates Aggregate Limits

Yesterday, in a five-to-four decision written by Chief Justice Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the aggregate limits restricting the total contributions individual donors could make to candidates, political action...more

4/3/2014 - Aggregation Rules Federal Election Commission (FEC) McCutcheon v. FEC Political Contributions SCOTUS

FEC Clarifies Rules to Allow Same-Sex Married Couples the Same Rights as Heterosexual Married Couples

In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in June 2013 striking down provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has clarified that same-sex married couples are entitled to the same...more

7/29/2013 - DOMA Federal Election Commission (FEC) Marriage Political Contributions Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS

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