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What Does McCutcheon Mean for Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law?

On April 2, the United States Supreme Court released its much-anticipated decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, 572 U.S. __ (2014). The case was closely watched because it presented the Court the opportunity to revisit the framework...more

EXCELLENT Political Ad Removed For Copyright Infringement

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s reelection campaign appears to be based on a simple message: “Do you want C. Montgomery Burns Representing You in Springfield?” Yes, he means that C. Montgomery Burns. Yesterday, Quinn began a...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week. A special election was held Tuesday in Florida’s 13th Congressional District to replace deceased Republican Congressman Bill Young. Both political parties and outside...more

Last Week at the FEC: Audit Reports, Budgets and Strategic Planning

Last week the Federal Election Commission met in open and executive sessions on Thursday, March 6. During its open Session the Commission adopted technical corrections to its regulations and approved Final Audit Reports for...more

Field Set for NC Supreme Court Races

In November, North Carolina voters will select the individuals who will hold of the majority of the seats on the Supreme Court of North Carolina until 2022. Four of the seven seats on the Supreme Court are up for grabs and...more

North Carolina Legislative Report - February 28, 2014

The General Assembly has officially completed its business for the 2013 long session. The 2014 short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends March 3, 2014

Below is a recap of the last two weeks’ election law news and hot topics. The big news, which has been expected for several months now, is that Governor Jerry Brown will seek re-election. California Gov. Jerry Brown...more

Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure Delay a Strategic Move by Backers

With an established track record of measured success in other states, the backers of the marijuana decriminalization initiative most likely to pass in California called a halt to the effort, as this Los Angeles Times article...more

Last Week at the FEC: Revisions to Draft Advisory Opinion Would Reject Revolution Messaging’s Supplemental Proposal

Last week the Federal Election Commission did not meet, but issued a revised draft Advisory Opinion related to Revolution Messaging, LLC and released records related to MUR 6610, where it closed its investigation and...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends February 10, 2014

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics: Republican Party wing creates 18 fake websites for Democrats by Los Angeles Times - February 7 – In anticipation of the 2014 election cycle, the...more

Legislation Introduced to Require More Disclosure in NYC Campaign Ads

New York City Councilman Daniel Garodnick (Manhattan-D) introduced legislation this week that would require more disclosure in campaign ads. The local law proposes to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York to...more

Dayton Picks his Chief of Staff as Running Mate

Governor Mark Dayton announced this morning that Tina Smith will be his running mate as Lieutenant Governor on the 2014 ballot. Smith replaces current Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon who recently announced that she...more

Camp Seeks to Block IRS Regulations Limiting Political Activities of 501(c)(4) Organizations

On January 14, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) introduced legislation that would prohibit, for a period of one year, Internal Revenue Service guidance related to social welfare organizations...more

Last Week at the FEC: Deadlock regarding Crossroads GPS’s Major Purpose Inquiry

Last week the Federal Election Commission did not meet, but released opposing statements related to a deadlocked vote on MUR 6396, Crossroads GPS, in December. The Commission also released its factual and legal analysis in...more

A Setback for Mandated Political Spending Disclosure

One of the hottest SEC rulemaking topics over the past two years—disclosure of corporate political spending—quietly took a significant hit a few weeks ago when the SEC removed it from its rulemaking agenda. The clamor for...more

Retaliation by Traffic Jam? Ethics & Compliance Lessons from Bridgegate

Scandal roils around top aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie due to lane closures on the George Washington Bridge to New York City, resulting in four days of debilitating traffic jams. It’s a political issue at its...more

Public Policy News

The Legislature returns on January 14, 2014 for a flurry of session days before final adjournment on April 3, 2014. With the biennial budget and many other GOP big ticket items passed, the agenda this spring will include no...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends January 6, 2014

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics to start off the new year! With this being an election year in both the California and Federal legislature, politicians are shaping their policies towards...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends December 30, 2013

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics: Roger Hernandez to seek district elections for California cities by The Sacramento Bee - December 20, 2013 – California Assemblyman Roger...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends December 23, 2013

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics. The big trends this week are new initiatives that we may see in 2014 and campaign reform as the 2013 tax year comes to an end....more

Court Rules Private Fund Data Is Not A Public Record

Private equity and venture capital funds like public pension fund money but they don’t necessarily like the consequences of having the government as an investor. As noted in this post, this was illustrated by Superior Court...more

Arizona Supreme Court Reinstates Increased Campaign Contribution Limits

Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Arizona issued an order in Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission v. Superior Court, No.CV-13-0341-PR (December 17, 2013), vacating the opinion of the Court of Appeals and lifting that...more

Will "Get Out the Vote" Drives and Non-Profit Voter Guides Be Treated as Regulated Political Activity?

In late November, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to the regulation of political activity by social welfare organizations, commonly known as...more

Independent Spending in NJ’s 2013 Elections Reaches a Record-Breaking High

Last week the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission announced “[a]n unprecedented explosion of independent special interest spending pushed the cost of the 2013 state elections to an all-time high . . .” Although...more

Taxes and Politics Collide in New IRS Guidelines for 501(c)(4) Organizations: IRS Proposes to Restrict Political Activities of...

On November 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued proposed rules, “Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-Related Political Activities” (78 Fed. Reg. 71535-71542 (Nov. 29, 2013)),...more

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