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The DISCLOSE Act: Fantasy or Future?

Following a wave of judicial decisions that have cleared the way for more soft money in politics, federal legislators have continued to press for the passage of laws creating more stringent regulations on donor disclosures...more

Campaign Finances – But I Want to Give More! The Struggle Between the First Amendment and Corruption

"I am not a crook.” In the wake of violations in the Watergate Scandal, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was created in 1974 to oversee and enforce campaign finance regulations and the Federal Election Campaign Act was...more

SEC Announces First Investment Adviser ‘Pay-to-Play’ Enforcement Action

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first enforcement action under "pay-to-play" rules for investment advisers since those rules were adopted nearly four years ago. TL Ventures Inc., a...more

Last Week at the FEC: RNC Sues to Overturn Limit on Independent Expenditure-only Contributions

Last week, the Federal Election Commission met in executive session on May 20, but did not meet in public session or otherwise act on pending administrative matters. However, on Friday, May 23, the Republican National...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Narrow medical marijuana approval possible in SC, H. 4803/S. 1035 - While a broad medical marijuana bill withered and died in the state legislature this session, bills allowing a more specific use of a medical...more

FEC Approves Bitcoin Political Donations While SEC Issues Investor Alert

On May 8, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) unanimously affirmed in an advisory opinion that political committees (including candidate campaigns and political action committees) could legally accept small bitcoin...more

"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

Supreme Court Opens New Political Contribution Opportunities for Big Donors

In a divided 5-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court today struck down the federal election law’s long-standing “biennial limit” – the aggregate amount that a person can give to federal...more

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Contribution Limits

On Tuesday morning, a divided United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (572 U.S. ____ (2014)), striking down a portion of federal campaign finance law that...more

McCutcheon Could Jeopardize NJ Pay-To-Play Restriction; Laurence Laufer and Rebecca Moll Freed Comment for Law 360

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon vs FEC striking down aggregate limits on donations to political parties and candidates casts doubt on the constitutionality of similar caps under local pay-to-play ordinances in...more

Ramifications of the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon Campaign Finance Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today in an important campaign finance case frees individual political donors to contribute to an unlimited number of federal campaigns and committees, as long as each contribution is within...more

In McCutcheon, the Supreme Court Strikes Down the FEC's Biennial Aggregate Limits

In the most significant campaign finance decision since Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court today struck down the Federal Election Commission's biennial aggregate limits. In McCutcheon v. FEC, the Court left in place...more

Court Issues McCutcheon V. FEC; Strikes Down Aggregate Limits

Today the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. The decision, which was 5-4 and authored by Chief Justice Roberts, struck down the aggregate limits under the Federal Election Campaign...more

"US Supreme Court Cases to Watch in 2014"

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on numerous significant cases in 2014, involving such issues as presidential power, affirmative action, campaign contributions, environmental regulations, intellectual property, commercial...more

Contradictions Revealed: If New York’s Aggregate Contribution Limits Fall

Thanks to cases like McCutcheon and New York Progress and Protection PAC, time may be running short for New York’s $150,000 annual aggregate limit on contributions in connection with the nomination or election of candidates,...more

New California Law Further Restricts Nonprofit Organizations From Engaging in Campaign Activity

Restricted Resources Include Cash, Office Supplies and Other Property Received From Local Agencies - A new California law prohibits nonprofit organizations from using monies and other property received from local...more

If the U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Political Contribution Limits Next Year, Will Your Campaign Be Ready?

The U.S. Supreme Court, which heard oral argument in McCutcheon vs. FEC this week, may overturn the aggregate contribution caps that have governed federal elections since 1974. If so, candidates should prepare now for the...more

New York Governor Delivers Reform Bill; New Law to Follow?

On June 11, 2013, with about one week of the legislative session remaining, Governor Cuomo introduced his plan for campaign finance reform in New York State....more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 13: Budgets Approved, Medicaid and Tax Bills Sent to Governor Bentley

With the constitutional deadline of midnight on the 30th day closing in, Alabama lawmakers worked at a feverish pace to complete work on some of the most substantial and controversial legislation in the 2013 session....more

House Bill 569 Changes Florida's Campaign Finance Law

On May 1, 2013, Governor Rick Scott signed into law House Bill 569 (HB569), which enacts sweeping changes to Florida’s campaign finance laws. The changes will affect every elected official as well as any person who makes...more

When Does A Legal Campaign Contribution Become An Illegal Bribe?

On February 14, 2013, in United States v. Terry (6th Cir., No. 11-4130, 2/14/13), the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of an Ohio state judge on charges of honest-services fraud, holding that an otherwise...more

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