Rebecca Moll Freed

Rebecca Moll Freed

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Calling all New Jersey Government Contractors: What is your Plan for Political Activity Compliance in Anticipation of the 2017...

With only 19 days until the presidential election and the final debate being held tonight, most of the country is focused on national politics. Although the presidential election may be taking center stage, now is the time...more

10/20/2016 - General Elections Political Contributions Presidential Elections

Independence, Coordination & Super PACs in the 2016 Presidential Election

On July 4th we celebrated Independence Day. In the next three weeks, the Nation will focus on the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. We cannot turn on the television without catching a political ad....more

7/6/2016 - Federal Election Commission (FEC) Political Advertising Political Campaigns Political Candidates Political Contributions Presidential Elections SuperPACs

Corporate Political Activity, Reputational Risk Management and the 2016 Federal Election

As the 2016 presidential primary season concludes, we are quickly approaching the summer conventions and the November presidential election. With the political contests becoming more heated, this post is part of a new series...more

6/17/2016 - Independent Expenditures Intel Political Candidates Political Contributions Presidential Elections Reputation Management Target Trump Administration

New Jersey’s 2016 Primary: Potential Pitfalls of Per Election & Pay-to-Play Limits

New Jersey held its 2016 primary election on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. While most of the focus has been on the presidential primary, individuals and entities that contribute in connection with New Jersey state and local...more

6/10/2016 - Campaign Finance Reform Pay-To-Play Political Campaigns Political Candidates Political Contributions Presidential Elections

Less Than One Month: NJ ELEC Broadens Annual Pay-to-Play Form & Requires Companies to Disclose Additional Information

Recent changes in the annual filing requirement for companies doing business with local, county or state government in New Jersey may make the process for completing this year’s ELEC Business Entity Annual Statement (“Form...more

3/3/2016 - Annual Filings Certification Requirements Disclosure Requirements ELEC Pay-To-Play Political Contributions

Pay-to-Play Resolutions

As we approach the end of the first work week of 2016, companies should be thinking about their “pay-to-play resolutions” in the upcoming year. New Jersey is home to numerous and varied pay-to-play restrictions. One misstep...more

1/8/2016 - Pay-To-Play Political Campaigns Political Candidates Political Contributions Presidential Elections

Public-Private Partnerships and Pay-to-Play in New Jersey: “P3s and P2P in the Garden State”

Public-Private Partnerships (commonly known as “P3s”) are very popular across the country, including the recently announced renovations at LaGuardia Airport as one example. P3s are also gaining significant attention here in...more

11/25/2015 - Infrastructure Pay-To-Play Political Contributions Public Private Partnerships (P3s) State and Local Government

What is a Super PAC?

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire has reported that in the first half of 2015, presidential Super PACs have raised a total of $211,457,755. This money is in addition to money raised directly by presidential candidate...more

7/15/2015 - 501(c)(4) Campaign Contributions Citizens United Federal Election Commission (FEC) IRS PACs Political Campaigns Presidential Elections SuperPACs

What Do The Jersey Shore, The 2015 General Election & Understanding Applicable Contribution Limits Have in Common?

No – this is not a bad joke (although it could have the makings of one) – rather, because this past weekend marked the “official” start to summer and also marked the start of New Jersey’s 2015 general election cycle, we...more

6/24/2015 - Contribution Limits General Elections Local Ordinance Political Contributions

Top Ten New Jersey Pay-to-Play Myths

Now that David Letterman has hosted his last show, the universe is experiencing a distinct lack of top-ten lists. We are happy to take on this awe-inspiring responsibility in the best way we know how: with a list of the top...more

5/21/2015 - Campaign Contributions General Elections Local Ordinance PACs Pay-To-Play Primary Elections

Calling All New Jersey Government Contractors: The Clock is Ticking . . . Are you Ready for the March 30th Pay-to-Play Filing...

As we have previously discussed here, the New Jersey Pay-to-Play Annual Disclosure filing deadline is right around the corner. Any entity that received payments of $50,000 or more as a result of payments from a New...more

3/10/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Filing Deadlines Government Contractors Pay-To-Play Political Contributions

Pay-to-Play Lessons from New Jersey’s State Investment Council Rules

New Jersey is often thought of as the “pay-to-play” state – primarily because we have five separate statewide pay-to-play prohibition laws in effect (covering state procurement, county procurement, local procurement, state...more

2/28/2015 - Board of Education Exemptions Government Contractors Investment Management Land-Use Permits Local Ordinance Pay-To-Play Procurement Guidelines Prohibited Transactions Redevelopment State and Local Government State Procurement Contracts

Citizens United and the Surge of Political Non-Profits

It has been five years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Citizens United v. FEC. When the Supreme Court first decided the case, which allows individuals, corporations and special interest groups to spend unlimited...more

1/23/2015 - 501(c)(3) 501(c)(4) Citizens United v Federal Election Commission IRS Non-Profits Political Expression Social Welfare Organizations Unions

Will 2015 be The Year for Pay-to-Play Reform in New Jersey?

New Jersey’s pay-to-play laws have been described as a “dizzyingly complex array of statutes, ordinances and executive orders.” New Jersey currently has different laws in effect that apply to State government contracts, State...more

1/8/2015 - Board of Education Campaign Finance Reform Disclosure Requirements ELEC Filing Requirements Government Contractors Local Ordinance Pay-To-Play Redevelopment

Contributions by New Jersey Government Contractors Increased Dramatically in 2013: Will Pay-to-Play Reform Follow?

Late last month, ELEC issued its 2013 Annual Report, which includes an analysis of the Pay-to-Play Annual Disclosures (Form BE) filed by New Jersey government contractors. Although New Jersey has stringent pay-to-play...more

5/12/2014 - Campaign Finance Reform Contractors Disclosure Requirements Pay-To-Play Political Contributions Subcontractors

Top Ten Steps to Fast Tracking Your Bank’s Political Activity Compliance Plan

In today’s political climate, smart banks take a proactive approach to educating officers, employees and board members about political activity compliance. Just as a bank’s code of conduct addresses sexual harassment, privacy...more

4/17/2014 - Banks Compliance Political Contributions

New Jersey Government Contractors: Don’t Let the Upcoming Pay-to-Play Filing Deadline Catch You Off Guard!

New Jersey’s Pay-to-Play Annual Disclosure filing deadline is imminent. By March 31, 2014, all for-profit businesses that have received aggregate payments of $50,000 or more during the 2013 calendar year as a result of New...more

3/10/2014 - Federal Contractors Filing Deadlines Pay-To-Play

Independent Spending in NJ’s 2013 Elections Reaches a Record-Breaking High

Last week the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission announced “[a]n unprecedented explosion of independent special interest spending pushed the cost of the 2013 state elections to an all-time high . . .” Although...more

12/12/2013 - Political Campaigns Political Contributions

McCutcheon v. FEC: the Potential Impact on Aggregate Contribution Limits Under Local Pay-to-Play Ordinances

Last week the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC, a challenge to the constitutionality of aggregate contribution limits under federal campaign finance law....more

10/18/2013 - Campaign Finance Reform Campaign Spending Limits Local Ordinance McCutcheon v. FEC Pay-To-Play Political Campaigns SCOTUS

In Proposed Amendments to Pay-to-Play Rules, the New Jersey State Investment Council Explains Indirect Violations

Comments are due today on proposed amendments to the New Jersey State Investment Council (“SIC”) Pay-to-Play Rules. ...more

8/19/2013 - Pay-To-Play Policy Violations Proposed Amendments Public Comment

ELEC Issues August Newsletter - August 5, 2013

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission has issued its August newsletter....more

8/5/2013 - Election Laws

Potential Pitfalls of Volunteer Employee Political Activity

As the New Jersey 2013 gubernatorial and legislative general election season kicks into high gear and as the State is preparing for a special primary and general federal election, New Jersey employees may get caught up in the...more

7/24/2013 - First Amendment Pay-To-Play Political Campaigns Volunteers

New Bergen County Pay-to-Play Ordinance Requires County Vendors to File “REVUE 2” Form Today

Bergen County has now issued updated Political Contribution Disclosure Forms with which County vendors must comply. ...more

7/1/2013 - Disclosure Requirements Forms Local Ordinance Pay-To-Play Political Contributions

IRS Goes Political?

Citizens United helped spur the formation of IRS 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations that became engaged in independent political activities. ...more

5/15/2013 - 501(c)(4) IRS Lobbying Social Welfare Organizations

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