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Governor Cuomo’s "Ethics Reform Plan" Becomes Law

Governor Cuomo recently signed into law the highly anticipated "Ethics Reform Plan." The new law amended or added statutory provisions in four primary areas: (1) lobbying source of funding disclosures; (2) disclosures by tax...more

Spotlight on Lobbyist Employers: New California Reporting Requirements Begin October 2016

Continuing its efforts to increase transparency in the political process in California, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) adopted a new regulation in early 2016 that is aimed at shedding light on “shadow...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

Saskatchewan Lobbying Legislation Proclaimed Into Force

On August 23, 2016, Saskatchewan proclaimed into force the Lobbyists Act (Act) and the Lobbyists Regulations (Regulations). Saskatchewan has also launched a searchable online lobbyist registry. Current lobbyists in...more

“Red Herring” or “Alternate [U-verse]”? Court Allows Cable Network to Go Beyond Written Contract in Claims Against Distributor

2015 and 2016 saw a wave of transactions among cable, satellite, and other linear programming distributors: AT&T & DirecTV, Altice and Suddenlink, etc. That transactional wave is beginning to spawn a litigation wave,...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

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

New York State Announces Broad Set of Ethics and Campaign-Finance Reforms

Late last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and State legislative leaders announced agreement on a broad set of ethics and campaign-finance reforms focused on increased disclosure, transparency, and public trust....more

New Ontario Lobbying Rules Take Effect July 2016, May Impact Businesses, Other Organizations

The Ontario government announced on May 16, 2016, that amendments to the province’s lobbying legislation will come into force on July 1, 2016. These amendments will impact not only lobbyists, but also businesses and other...more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: Auto and Tech Companies Join Forces to Lobby

Automobile and technology heavy weights Google, Ford, Volvo, Uber and Lyft jointly created the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a lobbying group that will work with both policy makers and the public to promote...more

Lobbying Restrictions for Federal Contractors - The Byrd Amendment

Several federal contractors have been in the news recently for potentially engaging in prohibited lobbying activity. Both the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense Inspector General have been focusing on this...more

Doing Business with the Canadian Public Sector

Canada’s public sector entities include federal, provincial, municipal and territorial governments, Crown corporations, government agencies, boards and commissions, public utilities, and a wide variety of public institutions,...more

Federal Tax Advisory: Private Foundations and Lobbying

The Tax Court mostly ruled against a private foundation and its main contributor and foundation manager by approving the assessment of the private foundation excise tax on lobbying expenditures. However, the court gave them a...more

Cautionary Guidance for the Tax-Exempt Organizations that Wish to Influence the Supreme Court Nomination Process

The vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s recent passing has prompted a national discussion regarding appointment of the next justice. Headlines in the press and social media reflect the debate...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

Disney’s Influence on United States Copyright Law

If you’ve ever applied for, or researched copyright law, you likely learned one thing above all else: it’s not a perpetual right. So, how, you might wonder, have companies like The Walt Disney Company managed to maintain...more

"New York JCOPE Issues Lobbying and Political Contributions Opinions"

On January 26, 2016, the New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) approved two controversial advisory opinions. The first opinion clarified the scope of the state’s lobby law. Although most of the media coverage on...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

New York City Lobbying Amnesty Program

The City of New York recently implemented an amendment to the New York City Lobbying Law, New York City Administrative Code §§3-211 et seq. ("Lobbying Law") authorizing a one-time amnesty program. All lobbyists and clients...more

Lobbying Restrictions for 501(c)(4)s Receiving Federal Grants, Loans or Other Awards - The Simpson Amendment

Although 501(c)(4) organizations have been in the news recently for potentially engaging in too much political activity, it is worth noting that a relatively obscure Senate amendment from 1995 prohibits lobbying by certain...more

Decision 2016: Is Your Company Ready?

The 2016 election season is fast approaching. As companies begin to plan their political participation for the coming year, government affairs staff and compliance counsel should closely consider whether there are any...more

New procurement lobbying, ethics and pay-to-play provisions

The political headlines from last year's battle over lobbying and ethics reform legislation in the Commonwealth of Virginia may have long faded from public memory, but the legal realities of the enacted law—Senate Bill No....more

Minnesota Lobbyist Disbursement Reports — Due January 15, 2016

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

When does using social media become "lobbying" under New York State law?

Recently, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), which oversees lobbying rules and regulations in New York State, published a Notice for Comment that should interest any person or entity that uses social media in...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

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