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CEOs, Politics and the Law: Guidelines for a New Era in Corporate Social Speech

by Perkins Coie on

In recent weeks, America’s CEOs have spoken out on social issues like never before, placing the business community firmly within the national debate. Likewise, companies are feeling internal and external pressures to...more

No Room for Refunds: Pay-to-Play Limits and New Jersey’s Upcoming Gubernatorial Election

by Genova Burns LLC on

With summer vacations over and the New Jersey political world focused on the November gubernatorial election, Friday, September 8, 2017 marks an important milestone under New Jersey’s pay-to-play laws. Under the law, a...more

Sarah Palin v. The New York Times - Six Lessons for Public Figures in Defamation Cases | Sands Anderson

by Sands Anderson PC on

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and the New York Times don’t much like each other. So much so that Palin sued the Times for defamation. Her claim stemmed from a Times editorial that wrongly linked her political action...more

Federal PAC Reports Due July 31, 2017

All federal PACs are required to submit a semi-annual report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on or before Monday, July 31, 2017. The semi-annual report must reflect all receipts and disbursements between January 1,...more

U.S. House Considering Change to Enforcement of Trade Association PAC Rules

by Perkins Coie on

A bill currently being considered by the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations could significantly alter the way trade associations may solicit contributions for their political action committees (PACs) in fiscal year 2018....more

Lessons Learned from the Della Pello Decision

by Genova Burns LLC on

Earlier this year, a government contractor lost just over $7 million in New Jersey state government contracts because of a single political contribution that was inadvertently made payable to the WRONG political recipient....more

NJ’s Gubernatorial Election – Public Matching Funds and the Role of Outside Money

by Genova Burns LLC on

On the same day that it was announced that Kim Guadagno and Phil Murphy both qualified for public matching funds in New Jersey’s 2017 gubernatorial election, the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission issued a News...more

PACs, Campaigns and Dark Money: What is the Law?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In 2016, Missouri voters enshrined new campaign finance laws in the state constitution. The Missouri Ethics Commission issued several interpreting opinions and a federal court has enjoined parts of the law as...more

Is New Jersey’s Regulated-Industry Ban on Political Contributions Ripe for Challenge?

by Genova Burns LLC on

Since 1911, New Jersey law has prohibited the making of political contributions by such highly regulated industries as banks, utilities, and insurance companies. The reasoning underlying this prohibition was clarified by a...more

Missouri's Ban on Banks Contributing to Ballot Measures, PACs Found Unconstitutional

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri struck down as unconstitutional and permanently enjoined enforcement of a new Missouri campaign finance law. Under the provisions of the law, banks were prohibited...more

Political Participation in 2017: Top Legal Concerns for Your Company

by Perkins Coie on

Change has come to Washington, D.C. and state legislatures around the country. The fast pace of political changes ushered in during early 2017 can create both challenges and opportunities when it comes to complying with the...more

Arizona’s Revised Laws on PACs and Corporate Contributions

by Snell & Wilmer on

The recent major revisions to Arizona’s campaign finance laws (passed in bills S.B. 1516, H.B. 2296 and H.B. 2297), which took effect late last year, modified the previous restrictions on corporate contributions to political...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Three Percent High-Earner Tax Changes Under Consideration - Among the issues Maine’s...more

Federal Contribution Limits for 2018 Election Cycle: Déjà vu Edition

by Nossaman LLP on

The Federal Election Commission just announced the contribution limits for the 2017-2018 election cycle, and the big news is: they look a lot like the 2016 cycle limits. Under the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002...more

New Federal Political Contribution Limits

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has released updated contribution limits for individuals, political action committees (PACs), and state and national party committees for the 2017-2018 election cycle. The limit for...more

2017 Political Law Update

As we enter the new year, please note the following recent changes made to state and federal lobbying, gift and campaign finance laws...more

California's Campaign Finance Agency, the Fair Political Practices Commission, Announces 2017/2018 Gift and Contribution Limits

by Nossaman LLP on

The California Fair Political Practices Commission, charged with implementing the state’s campaign finance law, recently announced new gift and contribution limits for the 2017 – 2018 cycle. The agency is required to adjust...more

Year-End Reading List for PACs, Mega PACs & Others in Politics

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2016 draws to a close, the holiday reading list for those involved with political action committees (PACs), mega political action committees (Mega PACs) and others in politics may include the comprehensive rewrite of...more

"Post-Election Issues"

Now that the 2016 elections are over, we must contend with special legal issues that arise from contributions made to, and expenses incurred for, federal, state or local inaugural or transition committees, as well as recounts...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Independent PAC Spending on Legislative Races Nears $500,000 - Political Action Committee and...more

Blog: CPA-Zicklin Index For 2016 Shows Companies Increase Disclosure, Oversight And Restrictions Regarding Corporate Political...

by Cooley LLP on

In light of our proximity to election day — finally — it seemed like a good time to take a look at the CPA-Zicklin Index of Political Disclosure and Accountability, just released for 2016, which annually evaluates corporate...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Community College System Seeks Increase in State Funding - In the upcoming...more

The Federal Securities Pay-to-Play Regulatory Framework is Complete - A Primer for Financial Services Firms

by Clark Hill PLC on

On September 20, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued two orders effectively completing the federal pay-to-play regulatory framework for investment advisers, municipal advisors, underwriters of...more

Election 2016: Political Speech and Activity in the Workplace

by Littler on

On November 8, voters across the country will head to the polls to determine the next president. Some states have already begun the early voting process. Voters will also decide who fills various U.S. congressional seats,...more

Election Season Highlights Contractor Contribution Prohibitions

by BakerHostetler on

As this 2016 election season swings into its final months, federal government contractors should continue to be aware of the laws and regulations regarding political contributions. The Federal Election Campaign Act...more

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