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Local Campaign Finance Reform: Can Local Agencies Wean the Baby From “Mother’s Milk?” (Part 1)

It is an issue that has been with us since the earliest days of politics: The wealthy tend to have disproportionate influence over our political leaders in contrast to the poor and middle class. In the immortal words of the...more

Pay-To-Play Meets The California Labor Code

In 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a rule (17 CFR § 206-4(5)) prohibiting an investment adviser from providing advisory services for compensation to a government client for two years after the adviser or...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

Campaign Season Poses Challenges for Local Governments

It is that time of year again… “Election Season.” In addition to candidates on the ballot on a state and national level, many local governments are gearing up to place questions on the ballot with respect to debt issuances...more

New Jersey Man Prosecuted for Funneling Campaign Contributions from Foreign Source

Much of the U.S. media overlooked a Bill of Information filed in United States District Court in New Jersey on June 29. The information charged Bilal Shehu, an Albanian immigrant, with unlawfully funneling $80,000 from a...more

Forewarned is Forearmed—Hosting Events at the Political Conventions

Organizations that plan to provide entertainment to Members and staff of the United States House of Representatives and Senate at the political party conventions should remind themselves of the unique rules that apply to...more

State Campaign Finance Reports Due in June

June is a busy month for state campaign finance reporting! On June 14, 2016, all political committees, political funds, independent expenditure committees and independent expenditure funds are required to file a Report...more

State and Federal Campaign Finance Reports Due – April 14 and April 15

While most of us are focused on getting our taxes finished, do not forget to file your campaign finance reports too! All Minnesota political committees, political funds, independent expenditure committees and independent...more

Corporate Lobbyist’s Toolkit: Federal Election Commission Announces New Contribution Limits

Federal Election Commission Announces New Contribution Limits - Each year, as mandated by the Federal Election Campaign Act (“the Act”), the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) must adjust both expenditure limitations...more

New Jersey Lobbying Reports Due on February 16, 2016

A business that engages in New Jersey lobbying must electronically file an annual report with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. Although the filing is normally due on February 15, this year’s deadline is...more

DC Circuit Upholds FEC’s Limited Disclosure Rule for Corporations and Labor Unions

On January 21, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) rule requiring corporations and labor organizations to disclose on an electioneering...more

2016 Key Georgia Election and Disclosure Dates

For those individuals participating in the upcoming 2016 election cycle across Georgia, there are a multitude of important election law and campaign finance deadlines worthy of attention. In order to highlight those key...more

SEC Announces Settlement with State Street – and a Suit Against a Big Law Partner – for Pay-to-Play Scheme

On January 14, 2016, the SEC entered into two no-admit, no deny settlements regarding an alleged pay-to-play scheme to obtain contracts from the Treasury Office for the State of Ohio. The first was with State Street Bank and...more

Minnesota Lobbyist Disbursement Reports – Due Friday

In accordance with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Act, each lobbyist who registers with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board must periodically disclose the total amount of money...more

2016 Political Law Update

As we enter the new year, please note the following changes to state lobbying and gift laws effective January 1, 2016...more

MSRB Files New MA Pay-to-Play Rule with SEC

On December 16, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) filed with the SEC a proposed rule that would extend to municipal advisers the MSRB’s existing rule prohibiting “pay-to-play” practices and restricting...more

2016 New Mexico Political Outlook

The 2016 New Mexico Political Outlook provides a basic overview of what clients can expect from the upcoming New Mexico legislative session. Republicans won control of the New Mexico House of Representatives in the election...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update November 2015

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice team to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting....more

The California Political Contribution Case That 19 Law Professors Missed

Earlier this week, I wrote about an amicus curiae brief submitted by 19 law school professors Friedrichs v. Cal. Teachers Ass’n, a case now pending before the United States Supreme Court. In particular, I questioned whether...more

CalPERS To Consider Support For Corporate Political Spending Disclosure Mandate

Next week, the California Public Employees Retirement System will consider a staff recommendation “to update the legislative and policy guidelines to include support for Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rulemaking on...more

New Presumptions of Coordination in CA Political Communications/Independent Expenditures

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (“FPPC”) has overhauled its regulations that define when an independent expenditure will be deemed to have been coordinated with a candidate or ballot measure committee. ...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. 2016 Session Gets Underway with Low Number of Bills Admitted - The Legislative Council,...more

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

Corporate political law compliance for the 2016 election cycle: Candidate appearances on corporate property

With summer finally at an end and the 2016 election season already in high gear, the time is ripe for corporations of all sizes to begin reviewing their existing political law compliance frameworks and refreshing their...more

DOJ’s first prosecution for campaign finance coordination — a sign of things to come?

With the 2016 presidential campaign in full swing, pundits, reformers and the media are once again shining a light on the role of independent-expenditure-only committees, aka “super PACs,” in the American political process....more

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