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

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

Department of Justice Posts Foreign Agent Informational Materials Online

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alabama Ethics Commission Update

The Alabama Ethics Commission (the “Commission”) held a regularly scheduled meeting on October 5, 2016. At the meeting, the Commission formally extended the comment period for two significant advisory opinions affecting...more

European Commission forces business to go public in new lobbying transparency move

The European Commission has proposed yesterday a mandatory Transparency Register covering all three main EU institutions – the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the Commission. The proposal aims to strengthen and...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

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

Points & Authorities - Summer 2016

There Ought to be a Law: Consider This Alternative To Litigation - Government is becoming more intrusive. At the state and federal levels, a host of agencies and departments continuously create new rules for us to live...more

Recent changes to City of Toronto Lobbying By-law

The City of Toronto has changed its rules around the lobbying of public office holders. These recent changes include new rules for consultant lobbyists and the information they must disclose regarding their clients,...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

Lobbyists Count Down to Lift-Off of Commercial Spaceflight

Paul Stimers grew up with two distinct passions that, when put together, have helped to propel the developing commercial spaceflight industry forward. Inspired by TV programs such as ‘‘Matlock,’’ Stimers knew he wanted to be...more

State Campaign Finance Reports Due in June

June is a busy month for state campaign finance reporting! On June 14, 2016, all political committees, political funds, independent expenditure committees and independent expenditure funds are required to file a Report...more

Important amendments to Ontario lobbyists registration regime

On July 1, 2016, important amendments will come into force with respect to the Ontario Lobbyists Registration Act (Act). These amendments may require more persons (including corporations), partnerships, and organizations to...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

The UK Lobbying Act - Do you have to Register and Name your Clients?

The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act (the “Act”) was first introduced in the House of Commons in 2013 and it came into force into force in full on 1 April 2015. The main...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Bill would limit communications with California Coastal Commission: Santa Barbara Independent - Mar 23 - State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson announced plans to introduce a bill...more

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