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Union of B.C. Municipalities Push for Campaign Finance and Lobbying Reform

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) held their annual convention between September 25 and September 28, 2017, discussing several policies and reforms, including election and lobbying reform at the municipal...more

Grass-Roots Lobbying Interpretation Updated, New Restrictions Proposed for Former Public Office Holders in B.C.

Lobbying law in Canada is constantly evolving, with new developments occurring monthly. Two such recent developments include the release of an updated interpretation bulletin by the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada...more

It’s a sad day when special interests crow about their sway on laws to cut patient access to civil justice

Members of Congress and lobbyists are taking public and premature bows for debasing the nation’s democracy and potentially harming Americans’ health and well-being....more

Lobbying Legislation in Canada: Roundup of Summer Developments

It’s been a busy summer for lobbying law in Canada. With the recent enactment of lobbying legislation in New Brunswick, almost all Canadian jurisdictions now have some form of lobbying law, other than the three territories...more

Lobbying in British Columbia—Change is Coming

by Bennett Jones LLP on

With the New Democratic Party (NDP) forming British Columbia's next government, lobbying regulation in British Columbia is about to change. The 2017 Confidence and Supply Agreement between the B.C. Green Party Caucus and the...more

ASBCA alters the definition of expressly unallowable costs implicating penalties

by Dentons on

The Armed Service Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA”), in its recent decisions, continues to back away from its previous definition of expressly unallowable costs. In previous decisions, the ASBCA only found expressly...more

Phoenix City Council Amends Lobbying Ordinance to Allow Enforcement

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Phoenix City Council recently voted to amend the City’s lobbying ordinance in an attempt to reinforce registration regulations and enhance enforcement penalties. This amendment signals important changes for those paid to...more

France Reforms Lobbying Rules: Government to Impose Criminal Penalties

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Significant changes in the lobbying rules will implicate both individuals and entities that may not consider themselves as primarily lobbyists. Key Points: ..Lobbyists must comply with particularly constraining...more

New Lobbying Legislation in Force in New Brunswick

On April 1, 2017, the New Brunswick Lobbyists’ Registration Act (Act) came into force, creating the first regime in New Brunswick to regulate lobbyists and lobbying activity in the province. The proclamation of the Act...more

New Ethics and Campaign Contribution Rules Enacted in San Francisco

by Perkins Coie on

San Francisco voters enacted Proposition T by an overwhelming majority in the November 2016 election; the measure was placed on the ballot by a unanimous vote of the San Francisco Ethics Commission. The measure will make an...more

Hey, Tree Huggers, Where Are Those Odes to Our Roads of Rail?

by PretiFlaherty on

I’ve been working for the railroad. And not just to pass the time away. No, I’ve been lobbying, which is undoubtedly easier than working on the railroad, involving as it does heavy, outdoor work in all kinds of...more

Johnson & Johnson Advocate Says It Should Not Be Defendant in Baby Powder Case

The Personal Care Products Council wants its name off the defendants’ list in multidistrict litigation filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey by plaintiffs suing Johnson & Johnson over the pharmaceutical giant’s baby...more

Chicago Board of Ethics hands down $90,000 fine for failure to register as a lobbyist

by DLA Piper on

The Chicago Board of Ethics recently handed down a $90,000 fine – the highest in its history – against an individual who failed to register as a lobbyist under Chicago's Lobbyist Registration ordinance.  An additional fine of...more

Minnesota Lobbyist Principal Reports Due Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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 15,...more

Department of Justice Posts Foreign Agent Informational Materials Online

by Perkins Coie on

The Foreign Agents Registration Unit of the U.S. Department of Justice has updated its website to make available to the public searchable and downloadable informational materials filed by foreign agents. Informational...more

Former White House Senior Advisor Fined $90,000 for Violating Chicago Lobbying Rules

A former Senior Advisor to President Obama has been fined $90,000 for violating the City of Chicago’s lobbying ordinances by communicating with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on behalf of his client without registering as a lobbyist with...more

You're Hired: President Trump Introduces Ethics Pledge For His Appointees With Serious Departures from Obama's Ethics Pledge

by K&L Gates LLP on

On January 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that requires all full-time political appointees to sign an ethics pledge (the “Trump ethics pledge”) that “contractually” binds them to certain ethical...more

A Guide to Executive Branch Gift Rules for 2017

by Perkins Coie on

In this update, we summarize the current rules on providing gifts to federal executive branch officials and employees, including amendments to those rules effective January 1, 2017. The executive branch gift and travel rules...more

"Draining the Swamp" and Deterring Good People: Executive Order on Ethics and Lobbying Restrictions

by Clark Hill PLC on

On January 28, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order expanding certain "revolving door" lobbying restrictions on executive branch officials, and making several other changes to Obama-era ethics directives. The...more

Executive Order Adds Ethics Commitments for Executive Branch Appointees

by Perkins Coie on

On January 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order setting new ethics commitments for incoming executive branch appointees (Ethics Executive Order or the Executive Order). Pursuant to the Executive Order, incoming...more

2017 Brings Changes to the Federal Executive Branch Gift Rules

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) recently amended the executive branch gift rules, which became effective on January 1, 2017. The changes include clarifications to existing exceptions that are frequently used as well as...more

Law Alert: Villasenor v. Evans

Notice of Claim Statute Applies to Elected Official - In this case, the court of appeals confirmed that the notice of claim statute applies to elected officials. Villasenor was a consultant and lobbyist for a developer...more

Tax Reform and the Role of Lobbyists

by Sanford Millar on

Tax reform will certainly be an important agend item in the Trump Administration. The published reports are that the initial focus will be on corporate reform with the objective of reducing tax rates on corporations from 35%...more

Congress weighs approval for sweeping, $6.3 billion 21st Century Cures Act

It’s almost 1,000 pages, culminates at least three years of work, and provides a $6.3 billion boost for an array of health-related agencies and initiatives. Will the U.S. Senate join the House in bipartisan passage of the...more

"Trump Transition Announces Ban on Lobbyists and Post-Employment Restriction on Lobbying"

On November 16, 2016, a spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump announced on a conference call that Trump’s transition team is imposing certain restrictions on lobbyists who are appointed to the team. (The spokesman said...more

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