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500 Days and Counting – Where Are the Crowdfunding Rules? Bipartisan Disappointment

On August 8, 2014, Representatives Darrell Issa, Jared Polis, Scott Peters and Vern Buchanan, co-chairs of the House Innovation and Entrepreneurship Caucus, along with a bipartisan group of 26 other representatives, sent a...more

Levick Monthly - June 2014: Keystone XL: All Lobbied Up With No Place To Go

In This Issue: - Keystone - XL: All Lobbied Up With No Place To Go - CRISIS - The 5 Apology rules that Sterling broke - DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT - Abramson Gets The Axe, But It's Sulzberger Who Lost His Head -...more

Last Week at the FEC: Opinion Requested on Credit Card Rewards Programs for Political Committee Contributions

Last week, the Federal Election Commission did not meet, but released two Advisory Opinion Requests (AORs) and the results of several enforcement actions. Earlier in the month, the Commission’s Office of Inspector General...more

New Senate Bill Introduced to Clarify Definition of General Solicitation

The text of S. 2498, introduced by Senator Murphy in late June, was finally released. The bill is titled the “HALOS Act”, or “Helping Angels Lead our Startups Act.” Angel investors have expressed concerns regarding the...more

New York’s New Public Trust Act Expands Independent Expenditure Disclosure

Effective June 1, 2014, the Public Trust Act included in this year’s State Budget legislation redefines “Independent Expenditures” (IEs) in state and local elections. The new definition includes expenditures conveyed to 500...more

Legislation Introduced to Require More Disclosure in NYC Campaign Ads

New York City Councilman Daniel Garodnick (Manhattan-D) introduced legislation this week that would require more disclosure in campaign ads. The local law proposes to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York to...more

Marketing Investment Management Services to Public Retirement Systems: Complying with Applicable Laws and Regulations

It is well-known that high-profile jurisdictions such as California and New York City have in certain instances placed lobbyist registration requirements on investment managers that solicit investment advisory business from...more

The Most Important Thing You Need To Know Now About The Lifting Of The General Solicitation Ban

I’m tempted to begin this post with the following: Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission lifted the ban on general solicitation in Rule 506 and Rule 144A offerings....more

Crowdfunding And JOBS Act News Roundup – May 31, 2013

President Obama has nominated a pair of Senate aids to be SEC Commissioners. Dr. Michael Piwowar is the Chief Economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, a position he has held since 2009. ...more

Harrisburg Charged With Securities Fraud - Securities and Exchange Commission Says City Made Misleading Financial Statements

The inclusion of the public statements of an elected official in allegations of securities fraud could change the traditional relationship between the politicians and their constituency versus issuers and the bond market....more

Levick Weekly - March 29, 2013: 6 Ways To Survive The U.S. Congress

In This Issue: - Financial Regulators Compete; JPMorgan Loses - Six Ways to Survive the U.S. Congress - How to Protect Your Brand from a Twitter Hacking - Blogs Worth Following - LEVICK In the News -...more

President Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order; Pending Legislation Revived

President Barack Obama issued his administration's much-anticipated executive order on cybersecurity Feb. 12, to "enhance the security and resilience of the Nation's critical infrastructure and to maintain a cyber environment...more

Historical Reform of the Mexican Telecommunications Industry

The new President of Mexico, Mr. Peña Nieto, has reached an unprecedented multi-party agreement between his party, the Partido Revolucionario Industrial (PRI), and the rest of the major political forces: the Partido Acción...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 2-15-13

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House is a weekly update that provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. If you would like more specific information regarding an item in this newsletter...more

Levick Weekly - December 14, 2012: Our Strongest Answer To Terrorism Funding

In This Issue: - Executive Communications - U.S. Fiscal Policy - Our Strongest Answer To Terrorism Funding - CNOOC & NEXEN: Is Canada’s Energy Sector Fertile Ground For Foreign Investment? - NACD Boardvision...more

Appellate Court Decision in Van Hollen v. FEC Disclosure Litigation

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion today overturning a lower court holding that invalidated the Federal Election Commission’s (“FEC”) regulations governing the disclosure of donors by groups sponsoring...more

New Iran and Syria Information Technology Sanctions

On April 23, 2012, in an effort to increase pressure on both the Syrian and Iranian regimes to cease ongoing and intensifying human rights violations facilitated by the abuse of information technology, President Obama issued...more

President Obama Signs the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act: An Attempt to Ease Access to Capital and Reduce Regulatory...

Earlier today (April 5, 2012), President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act” or the “Act”). The signed Act is largely unchanged from its original House version, which passed overwhelmingly...more

SPECIAL NEWS ALERT: The Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act

On May 19, 2010, Senator Rockefeller's Commerce Committee released its long-awaited proposed legislation regarding post-transaction marketing online. The legislation, titled the "Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act," was...more

Stimulus Law Has At Least $250 Million Available For Technology Companies Developing Innovative, Sustainable Adoption of Broadband...

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has allocated approximately three quarters of a trillion dollars across a variety of industries and for a variety of purposes, some of which are well publicized and well...more

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