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Campaign Contribution Limits Raised Again

In every odd-numbered year the Federal Election Commission (FEC) is required to adjust certain contribution limits, expenditure limits, and the lobbyist bundling disclosure threshold by indexing them to inflation. ...more

New 2015 Fundraising Restrictions on California Lobbyists and Limits on California Lobbying Firms

Lobbyists subject to new fundraising restrictions in 2015 - Effective January 1, 2015 lobbyists and their cohabitants are prohibited from hosting fundraising events for candidates and elected officials (for which the...more

"Changes Likely in Campaign Finance, Pay-to-Play"

In recent months, aggregate political contribution limits have been the subject of dramatic change due to the McCutcheon decision as well as significant legislative modifications in the federal budget bill. Meanwhile,...more

Individual Contribution Limits Increased for 2015 -2016 Election Cycle

On February 3rd, the Federal Election Commission increased the amounts that individuals and certain PACs can contribute in the 2015-16 election cycle. The most significant change is that individuals may now give $2700 per...more

DOJ Obtains $30,000 Lobbying Disclosure Act Settlement

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia recently entered into a settlement with a lobbyist that includes a $30,000 fine for missing Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) reports. The lobbyist had been facing the...more

"Arkansas Bans Corporate Contributions to Candidates and Prohibits Gifts From Lobbyists"

On November 4, 2014, Arkansas voters passed a constitutional amendment extending term limits for state legislators and tightening ethics laws. The amendment prohibits candidates from accepting corporate contributions,...more

"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

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

Watch Out Stealth Lobbyists

The oft discussed and long-anticipated unregistered federal lobbyist investigation may be occurring as we speak. The recently released 2014 first quarter report of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) disclosed that one...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

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

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – February 17, 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

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

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

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

Revolving Door Regulators

Senator yesterday. Lobbyist today. Representative yesterday. CEO today. Cabinet level appointee yesterday. Bank Chairperson today. Government Agency Director yesterday. Law firm senior partner today. CFPB...more

Rice: Banking Lobby Won't Let New Glass-Steagall Bill Pass  [Video]

July 17 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bob Rice, managing partner at Tangent Capital Partners, tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia that while Senator Elizabeth Warren's recently introduced bill to separate commercial and investment...more

The D.C. Circuit Expands the Scope of Honest-Services Fraud and Illegal-Gratuities Prosecutions in Ring v. United States

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in United States v. Ring recently upheld a conviction under the public sector “honest-services” fraud statute and the “illegal-gratuities” statute. Notably, the court: (1)...more

Investing In Georgia: Economic Development Newsletter - February 2013

In This Issue: Welcome to King & Spalding's economic development news bulletin,Investing in Georgia. In this edition, you will find: - An overview of the sequester, debt ceilings, continuing resolutions to fund...more

Minnesota Lobbyist Principal's Report

In accordance with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Act, an Annual Report of Lobbyist Principal is required to be filed annually with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ("Board")....more

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