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Election Season Highlights Contractor Contribution Prohibitions

As this 2016 election season swings into its final months, federal government contractors should continue to be aware of the laws and regulations regarding political contributions. The Federal Election Campaign Act...more

Political Robocall Regulatory Considerations

In the midst of the campaign season it is important for campaign committees, political party committees, third-party advocacy groups, and vendors to be aware of the laws regulating prerecorded voice messages and autodialed...more

Election Year Reminders: Cautionary Guidance for Employers That Sponsor PAC/Charity Matching Programs

As we head into the final stretch of the presidential election cycle, employers — both for-profit and nonprofit — may wish to offer employee programs to encourage civic participation, including facilitating political...more

A Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities

This July 2016 edition of the Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities includes updates to the section on compliance with federal, state and local pay-to-play laws applicable to government contractors as well as investment...more

New York State Issues Guidance on Prohibited Coordination with Super PACs

After Citizens United and its progeny paved the way for independent expenditure activity and unlimited contributions to Independent Expenditure Only committees (better known as Super PACs), one key question in...more

Independence, Coordination & Super PACs in the 2016 Presidential Election

On July 4th we celebrated Independence Day. In the next three weeks, the Nation will focus on the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. We cannot turn on the television without catching a political ad....more

Raise Your Hand if You Are Contributing—FEC Dismissal of Charges Offers Insight about Coercing Contributions to Your PAC

As we approach the November elections, it may be time to replenish your corporate PAC, also known as your Separately Segregated Fund (SSF). In early June, the Chairman and two commissioners of the Federal Election Commission...more

Obama Administration’s New Labor Rule May Impact Corporate Political Action Committees

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finalized a new rule that modifies who is “exempt” from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. Corporations with Political Action...more

Super PACs in Spotlight Once Again During Presidential Primary Season

As in the 2014 mid-term election season, Super PACs once again are attracting a great deal of attention in this Presidential Primary season. Although criticized by many, they are a legal, and many believe effective, way to...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

"FEC Dismisses Wal-Mart PAC Match Case"

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently dismissed a complaint filed against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and its political action committee (PAC), finding that Wal-Mart's 2-for-1 PAC match program did not violate federal...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

State and Federal Campaign Finance Reports Due

All federally registered PACs and Super PACs are required to file a year-end report of receipts and expenditures no later than Sunday, January 31, 2016. The period covered by the reports is January 1 through December 31,...more

Ban Still Stands on Political Contributions from Federal Government Contractors

The Supreme Court denied certification, or refused to hear and reverse, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision on the ban that prohibits individual federal government contractors from making political contributions. The...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

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

Explaining Jon Stewart’s Monologue on Campaign Finance

After more than 16 years at the helm of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart hosted his final episode last night. The hour-long show devoted most of its running time to Stewart saying farewell to the correspondents and staffers who...more

Federal PAC Reports Due July 31, 2015

All Federal PACs are required to submit a campaign finance report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on or before Friday, July 31, 2015. Unless the PAC has elected a monthly filing schedule, the semi-annual report must...more

Federal Campaign Finance PAC Reports – Due July 31, 2015

All Federal Political Action Committees (PACs) are required to submit a campaign finance report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on or before Friday, July 31, 2015. Unless the PAC has elected a monthly filing...more

"DC Circuit Unanimously Upholds Federal Contractor Contribution Ban"

On July 7, 2015, the federal circuit court for the District of Columbia sitting en banc issued a unanimous opinion upholding the federal contractor contribution ban against a constitutional challenge in the long-running case...more

What is a Super PAC?

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire has reported that in the first half of 2015, presidential Super PACs have raised a total of $211,457,755. This money is in addition to money raised directly by presidential candidate...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds 44-Year-Old Ban: The answer is still “no” for individual federal contractors wishing to contribute to federal...

On July 7, 2015, in Wagner v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the ban on individual federal contractor contributions to federal candidates and political...more

U.S. Court Upholds Federal Contractor Campaign Finance Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a constitutional challenge to the ban on U.S. government contractors making political contributions to candidates for federal office and federal political party...more

Circuit Court Upholds Federal Contractor Contribution Ban

Earlier this week, a unanimous 11-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the long-standing ban on federal political contributions by federal government contractors. The Circuit...more

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