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"SEC Issues Fine in Pay-to-Play Rule and Registration Requirement Violation Case"

On June 20, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") censured and fined investment adviser TL Ventures Inc. for violating the SEC's pay-to-play rule, Rule 206(4)-5 (the "Rule"), and failing to properly register...more

6/25/2014 - Compliance Enforcement Actions Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Pay-To-Play Registration SEC

"Developments Regarding Aggregate Contribution Limits"

In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down the aggregate limits imposed on individual contributions under federal law, several jurisdictions also have taken steps to address...more

6/18/2014 - Aggregation Rules Campaign Finance Reform FEC McCutcheon v. FEC Political Contributions SCOTUS

"MSRB to Survey Municipal Advisors to Develop Professional Qualification Examination"

Today, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced that it will distribute a confidential electronic survey to registered municipal advisors to assess the business activities of municipal advisory...more

6/5/2014 - Compliance MSRB Municipal Advisers Municipalities

"SEC Issues New FAQs on Municipal Advisor Rule"

On May 19, 2014, the SEC issued an updated set of FAQs on the rule defining and requiring municipal advisors to register with the SEC (the Rule). The updated FAQs provide clarification on several important issues for certain...more

5/30/2014 - Banks Bonds Broker-Dealer Dodd-Frank Due Diligence Final Rules Market Participants Municipal Advisers Municipal Bonds Municipal Securities Issuers Municipal Securities Market Pensions SEC

"New York Public Corruption Reform Updates"

Numerous endeavors have been undertaken recently to investigate and combat political corruption in New York that could result in more enforcement of political corruption laws in the state. Specifically, this mailing discusses...more

5/15/2014 - Campaign Finance Reform Moreland Commission Political Corruption

"Virginia Adopts New Gift Law"

On April 23, 2014, Virginia adopted Senate Bill 649 amending the state's ethics laws. Effective July 1, 2014, the amendments, among other things, impose a gift limit on certain government officers and employees from...more

4/29/2014 - Corporate Gifts Ethics Public Employees Public Officials

"Recent Developments in Aggregate State Contribution Limits After Supreme Court’s Decision in McCutcheon v. FEC"

On April 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down the aggregate limits imposed on individual contributions under federal law. Although this decision cannot necessarily be read to...more

4/18/2014 - Campaign Contributions Campaign Finance Reform First Amendment McCutcheon v. FEC PACs SCOTUS

"Supreme Court Strikes Down Federal Aggregate Limits on Campaign Contributions"

On April 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down the aggregate limits imposed on individual contributions under federal law. The 5-4 opinion held that the individual aggregate...more

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

"MSRB Proposes Professional Qualification Requirements for Municipal Advisors; Approves New Consolidated Registration Form"

Proposed Professional Qualification Requirements for Municipal Advisors - On March 17, 2014, the MSRB proposed draft amendments to Rules G-2 and G-3 which would, among other things, establish professional qualification...more

3/27/2014 - Consolidated Registration Rule MSRB Municipal Advisers

"Government Affairs and Government Procurement: Pressure to Comply Continues to Grow in 2014"

With increased attention to transparency in corporate political spending, disclosure of so-called “dark money” and a new rule for municipal advisors, corporations and other organizations active in government affairs or...more

1/29/2014 - Compliance Disclosure Requirements Municipal Advisers Pay-To-Play SEC Shareholder Activism Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Transparency

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