Stephen Roberts

Stephen Roberts

K&L Gates LLP

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Recent Settlements Signal Increased Political Law Enforcement by Government Officials

The U.S. government reached settlements with two federal lobbyist registrants recently in what appears to signal increased enforcement of political activity laws. On August 28, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the...more

10/6/2015 - Campaign Contributions Campaign Finance Reform Civil Monetary Penalty Compliance Creditors Debt Collection DOJ Enforcement Actions Federal Election Commission Lobbying Lobbying Disclosure Act Lobbyists PACs Political Campaigns Settlement Trade Associations

National Political Parties Get a Christmas Bonus: Major Campaign Finance Provisions in Must-Pass Legislation

Congressional appropriators released the details of the FY15 funding bill (the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act,” or “Cromnibus”) on December 9, 2014, funding the federal government at $1.013 trillion...more

12/12/2014 - Campaign Contributions Campaign Finance Reform Political Campaigns Political Parties

A Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 2 struck down an aggregate cap on individual contributions over a two-year election cycle to federal candidates, parties and political committees. (McCutcheon v. Fed. Election Comm’n, 572 U.S....more

4/29/2014 - FEC Lobbying McCutcheon v. FEC Political Campaigns

Taxes and Politics Collide in New IRS Guidelines for 501(c)(4) Organizations: IRS Proposes to Restrict Political Activities of...

On November 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued proposed rules, “Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-Related Political Activities” (78 Fed. Reg. 71535-71542 (Nov. 29, 2013)),...more

12/11/2013 - 501(c)(4) Exempt Organizations IRS Non-Profits Political Campaigns Political Candidates Political Contributions

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Provides Opportunities for President, Republicans, High-Tech Companies, Labor Unions

With the current Congressional focus on discretionary spending and revenue issues surrounding Sequestration, it may seem like little attention can be paid to other policy reforms. In comprehensive immigration reform,...more

4/3/2013 - Green Cards Hiring & Firing Immigration Reform Proposed Legislation STEM Unions Visas

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