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"Mandatory Online Ethics Training for New York State Lobbyists"

On September 26, 2014, the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) announced that “Ethics for Lobbyists,” an online ethics training course, is now available. The training course covers ethics rules and...more

Political Expenditure Pitfalls

My husband doesn’t like for me to admit it, but I am a registered Texas lobbyist. That means that I am on the list for every fundraiser for Texas candidates. And admittedly I do make contributions to business-friendly...more

ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: August 2014 #2

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - With Congress preparing to return to Washington, efforts are underway to fill the two-week session with negotiations on a continuing resolution and votes on several pre-election issue...more

Obama Administration scales back ban on lobbyists serving on federal advisory committees

The Obama Administration, which has proudly touted its restrictions on the activities of federal lobbyists, has taken a small step toward rolling back one such provision. The Office of Management and Budget released new...more

Obama Administration Backtracks on Key Lobbyist Restrictions

Today, the Obama Administration issued revised guidance regarding federal lobbyists serving on federal advisory boards and commissions. Now, instead of a total ban, federal lobbyists will be able to serve in a...more

Politics and the Pulpit—Political Activity by Nevada Religious Institutions

Are you part of a church or religious organization in Nevada? If so, the subject of how ?far, or even whether the church can become involved in political activity may have crossed your ?mind. As we head into the Fall 2014...more

A Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 2 struck down an aggregate cap on individual contributions over a two-year election cycle to federal candidates, parties and political committees. (McCutcheon v. Fed. Election Comm’n, 572 U.S....more

Alabama Legislative Update – Sine Die – The 2014 Legislative Session Ends

The Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. In previous years, sessions have ended just minutes before midnight on the 30th legislative day. This year was different. As soon as both...more

DOJ Seeks $5 Million Lobbying Disclosure Act Penalty

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia recently filed a civil complaint against a lobbyist and a lobbying firm alleging violations of the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) that could result in a fine of over $5...more

South Carolina Legislative Update - March 3, 2014

The Senate gave third reading to H. 3945 late Thursday. The latest version of the ethics reform legislation provides for public officials to disclose sources of income, defines “consultants” and requires reporting and...more

Lobbyist Principal Report Due March 17

In accordance with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Act, all lobbyist principals must file an Annual Report with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ("Board") on or before March 17,...more

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – February 24, 2014

Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...more

Alabama Legislative Update - Week 4: Getting Down to Business

The Alabama Senate is required to vote on sunset legislation by the tenth legislative day and, under current procedures, each sunset bill has to be individually considered by the Senate. ...more

Minnesota Lobbyist Disbursement Reports - Due Today

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

DOJ Secures $200,000 Lobbying Disclosure Act Penalty

A default judgment secured in U.S. v. Biassi Business Services Inc., D.D.C. may be indicative of a more aggressive Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) enforcement policy, and the U.S. Attorney's Office is considering pursuing...more

ISS’s 2014 Governance Updates

Just before Thanksgiving, ISS released its U.S. Corporate Governance Policy 2014 Updates. The updates are the result of what ISS describes as a “robust, inclusive, and transparent” process and will apply to shareholder...more

US China Trade War–Developments Trade, Customs, Patents, US/China Antitrust And Securities

There have been some major developments in the trade, Customs fraud, patents, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. I have just returned from a trip of more than 2 weeks in China. While in China, we discussed US...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

Questions & Answers on State and Local Variations on SEC Pay-to-Play Rule

Many states and municipalities have adopted laws and regulations that affect how investment managers may solicit investment advisory business, including investment in sponsored public and private funds, from the state...more

US China Trade War Developments –Trade, False Claims Act, Patents, US/Chinese Antitrust And Securities

On December 3, 2013, former Congressman Don Bonker of APCO and I will be speaking in Vancouver, Canada at a breakfast conference held by the American Chamber of Commerce on “The Trans-Pacific Partnership Demystified: A...more

Minnesota Political Law Guidelines Updated

Table of Contents: Lobbyist Registration; Lobbyist Report and Record Keeping; Corporate Political Activity; Gifts To Public Officials Prohibited; Issues In Communicating With Public Officials; Employment Law Issues;...more

Guidelines For Corporate Political Activity In Minnesota

In this publication: Lobbyist Registration - - Lobbying Defined. - Definition Of Lobbyist - Lobbyist Registration Lobbyist Report And Record Keeping - - Periodic Lobbyists Reports - Information...more

Rogers Towers: Florida House Bill 909 (2013): A Sigh of Relief for Water Mitigation Contractors and Restoration Companies

This past spring, the insurance and banking lobbies created quite a stir in the water and fire damage mitigation and restoration industry....more

N.Y. Casino Gaming Referendum: Expenditure Disclosure Confusion

In the last weeks before the general election, two ads run on TV. ...more

Tax Reform Options for Tax-Exempt Organizations

Senate Finance Committee issues tax reform paper setting forth challenges, goals, and possible measures affecting tax-exempt organizations and charitable giving....more

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