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New York Issues Draft Guidance on New Contractor Salary Disclosure Requirement, Seeks Public Comment

On June 1, 2017, the state of New York’s Department of Economic Development (the department) issued draft forms and guidance to capture employee salary information from New York state contractors and subcontractors pursuant...more

"New York Requires Contractors to Disclose Employee Salary Data"

In January 2017, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 162 (the order) requiring state contractors to disclose the salary paid to employees who work on the contract. The order attempts to address disparity in pay...more

"President Trump Issues Executive Order Requiring Ethics Pledge"

On January 28, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees” (the Order). This Order requires every full-time political appointee to sign an Ethics Pledge...more

CFTC Issues Interpretation on Federal Transition and Inaugural Contributions

On December 23, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a staff interpretation saying that, in its view, contributions by swap dealers and their...more

"Developments: Applying Federal Pay-to-Play Rules to Trump/Pence Inaugural and Transition Committees"

For financial institutions subject to federal pay-to-play rules (SEC Rule 206(4)-5 for investment advisers, MSRB Rule G-37 for municipal bond underwriters and municipal advisors, and CFTC Rule 23.451 for swap dealers),...more

"Trump Transition Announces Ban on Lobbyists and Post-Employment Restriction on Lobbying"

On November 16, 2016, a spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump announced on a conference call that Trump’s transition team is imposing certain restrictions on lobbyists who are appointed to the team. (The spokesman said...more

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

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 May...more

"Post-Election Issues"

Now that the 2016 elections are over, we must contend with special legal issues that arise from contributions made to, and expenses incurred for, federal, state or local inaugural or transition committees, as well as recounts...more

"FINRA Pay-to-Play Rule Effective August 20, 2017"

On October 24, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced in Regulatory Notice 16-40 that its pay-to-play and related recordkeeping rules, FINRA Rules 2030 and 4580, will take effect on August 20,...more

New York Passes Ethics Package Impacting Lobbying and Disclosure

On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law an ethics package (the Bill) including campaign finance, lobbying and disclosure amendments. Below, we briefly summarize key provisions that (i) expand...more

FINRA Seeks Comments on Proposed Gift Rule Changes

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has filed a regulatory notice seeking comment on proposed changes to its gift, business entertainment and noncash compensation rules for broker-dealers. Comments must be...more

SEC Approves FINRA Pay-to-Play Rule

This week, on Thursday, August 25, 2016, the SEC approved FINRA Proposed Rules 2030 and 4580 (the Proposed Rules) as they had been proposed by FINRA. The Proposed Rules would impose pay-to-play restrictions and recordkeeping...more

"California Treasurer Announces New Pay-to-Play Policy for Municipal Bond Underwriters"

California State Treasurer John Chiang has adopted a new pay-to-play policy for firms participating in the state’s underwriter pool. By August 31, 2016, firms will need to certify that they will abide by the policy, or risk...more

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"SEC Extends Comment Period on Proposed FINRA Pay-to-Play Rule "

On March 29, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed an order instituting proceedings (the Order) intended to determine whether to approve or disapprove Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)...more

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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