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From Second and State: PA Political Update

March 31marked the end of the campaign finance reporting cycle covering the period from January 1 through March 31. According to reports filed with the Department of State, gubernatorial candidates have the following cash on...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

Public Trust Act – A Public Financing Trial and Tribulation

The NY State Legislature and Governor Cuomo enacted a new State budget on April 1, and with it, enabling legislation that includes changes in NY’s campaign finance law. In addition to new independent expenditure disclosure...more

Supreme Court’s Campaign Contribution Decision To Have Substantial Impact

Pundits have alternatively saluted and denounced the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week striking down aggregate campaign contribution limits as unconstitutional. Few, however, have addressed the decision’s impact on...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

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week. A special election was held Tuesday in Florida’s 13th Congressional District to replace deceased Republican Congressman Bill Young. Both political parties and outside...more

(Double) Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends February 17 and 24, 2014

California campaign finance reporting bills on verge of governor’s desk by Merced Sun-Star - February 20 – A campaign finance reform bill has pass the State legislature and is awaiting Governor Brown’s determination. ...more

The Answers Depend on the Questions that are Asked

After each City-wide election, the NYC Campaign Finance Board is required to produce a post-election report to the Mayor and City Council. Today intrepid politicos, reformers and observers braved a blizzard to participate in...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

Political Law Briefing - February 2014

In this issue: - Note: You Can Still Tune-Up on Government Affairs Compliance - FPPC Goes After More Committees in Its "Dark Money" Case - Down But Not Out: IRS Cites Political Activity in Denying Groups...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends December 23, 2013

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics. The big trends this week are new initiatives that we may see in 2014 and campaign reform as the 2013 tax year comes to an end....more

Lobbying, Campaign Finance and Ethics – What Are the New Risks and Pitfalls for Corporations?

Presentation Outline: • Introduction • At the Federal Level ? Lobbying ? Campaign Finance ? Ethics • In the States ? Key Developments in California, the District of Columbia, Georgia, New York, North...more

Campaign Finance Limits in the Spotlight Again

Last week, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (No. 12-536), a case that challenges the federal cap on the aggregate amount of money that an individual can give to...more

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

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

2013 Legislature Adopts Important Amendments to Minnesota Campaign Finance Laws

During the 2013 session, the Minnesota Legislature adopted important changes to Minnesota’s campaign finance laws. These laws will go into effect on August 1, 2013. ...more

New Jersey Now Says Yes to SuperPACs

On July 17, 2013, the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (“ELEC”) announced that an agreement reached on July 11 between itself and Fund For Jobs, Growth & Security (“Fund”) was approved by the United States...more

Governor Cuomo Appoints Commission to Investigate Public Corruption

Following through on a promise of action in the event public corruption reforms were not adopted, Governor Cuomo today announced appointment of a 25-member commission to investigate public corruption....more

The Art of the Possible?

Presentation of a bill likely reflects positions the proponent sees as good public policy, attainable, and/or, at least, negotiable....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

Minnesota Legislature Passes Campaign Finance and Election Law Changes

The 2013 Minnesota Legislative Session saw the passage of significant campaign finance and election law legislation. Governor Dayton indicated at the beginning of this session that, despite the DFL majorities in both the...more

Legislature Passes Campaign Finance and Election Law Changes

The 2013 Minnesota Legislative Session saw the passage of significant campaign finance and election law legislation. Governor Dayton indicated at the beginning of this session that, despite the DFL majorities in both the...more

Overlapping Public Disclosure Requirements Can Be Complicated

Much controversy attends the ability of tax exempt 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations to make expenditures in connection with candidates in U.S. elections....more

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