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Four Tips for Navigating the Compliance Challenges of Election Season

Early voting has already begun and, if your state is like mine, you’re being inundated with campaign ads and “robo calls.” Yes, it’s election season again and, for ethics and compliance officers, this time of the year often...more

Political Campaigns: Consider Yourself Warned

If you had not noticed, the fall election campaign season is in full swing. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau certainly has noticed, and reacted by releasing an unusual “Enforcement Advisory” this week, reminding campaigns and...more

To Campaign or Not to Campaign: A Refresher

As November elections and some major ballot measures loom, and as 2016 general election candidates start copping to “thinking about a run,” now seems a good time to revisit the impartiality required of public agencies and...more

Disclaimer Requirements Apply to All Forms of Non-Media Communications Disseminated for the Purpose of Influencing an Election

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board (Board) recently issued a memorandum that serves as an important reminder for all nonprofit organizations during this election season. In its memorandum, the Board...more

Hot List for the 2014 Minnesota State House Elections

Recent polling and local community response has elevated a number of the 134 Minnesota State House elections to the “Hot List.” Most of these seats are in a swing district, have a potentially vulnerable freshman member and/or...more

Public Officials and Agencies: To Campaign or Not to Campaign?

California law allows public agencies to expend public money and resources to educate voters on matters included on an upcoming election ballot. State law does not permit using public money or resources to advocate on behalf...more

Only in New York, New York

Conventional wisdom holds that campaign finance reform is elusive. At both the federal level and in many states, the pace of enactment tends to be measured in decades....more

IRS Denies Exempt Status under Section 501(c)(4) For Too Much Political Activity

Earlier this year, while Washington was fixated on former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee Lois Lerner and her missing emails, her former employer quietly denied the application for exemption of an organization seeking...more

They’re Back…Former Members Try to Reclaim Their Seats

No doubt, this election cycle is shaping up to be a hot one. We’ve got an exciting governor’s race that is noted nationally as one to watch. Thanks to redistricting and retirements, we can expect at least 10 percent turnover...more

District Judge Permanently Enjoins PA Law that Prohibited Corporate Contributions to IE Committees

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Caldwell permanently enjoined enforcement of Pennsylvania’s prohibition on campaign expenditures by banks, corporations or unincorporated associations (such as labor unions) as...more

Minnesota Primary Election Results

All in all, primary election night was a good one for endorsed candidates and incumbents. That result was no doubt driven in part by the very low voter turnout. Secretary of State Ritchie predicted a 10 to 15 percent voter...more

"Massachusetts Revises Campaign Finance Law"

On August 1, 2014, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed House Bill No. 4366 amending the state's campaign finance laws. The amendments, among other things, increase the contribution limit for individual contributors to...more

Recapping Minnesota's Primary Election

Minnesota’s Primary Election was held yesterday, Tuesday, August 12. This was the busiest primary election Minnesota has seen in many years as more Republicans chose to buck the party endorsement process and let voters decide...more

Politics and the Pulpit—Political Activity by Nevada Religious Institutions

Are you part of a church or religious organization in Nevada? If so, the subject of how ?far, or even whether the church can become involved in political activity may have crossed your ?mind. As we head into the Fall 2014...more

Levick Monthly - July 2014: DAVIS: Jeb Bush a formidable candidate

In This Issue: - COVER STORY: Davis: Jeb Bush a Formidable Candidate - CRISIS: The Real Cancer that Caused the VA Scandal - DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT: Aereo and Meltwater: The Ghost of Napsters Past - FINANCIAL: Dov...more

A Legislative Scorecard for the New York City Campaign Finance Board

The World Cup is over. Quadrennial hopes and dreams next turn to the post-election report (PER) the NYC Campaign Finance Board (CFB) must submit to the Mayor and City Council on or before September 1, as it has every four...more

“Big Chocolate” Gets Injunction Against Whack-A-Mole Senator; Trademark “Services” Include Political Activities

Last week, Judge William Quarles of the District of Maryland issued an injunction preventing Maryland Republican State Senator Steve Hershey from using his own campaign literature. The case was brought by the Hershey...more

South Carolina Runoff Election Update

This issue includes information regarding results from Tuesday’s primary runoff races for Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Republican and Democrat candidates for State Superintendent of Education, and Democrat...more

South Carolina Legislative/Election Update

This issue includes information regarding Governor Haley’s budget vetoes, various news items, results from this week’s primary, and meetings scheduled for next week. The General Assembly will return on June 17, 2014, to...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Governor LePage Names Richard Rosen Acting DAFS Commissioner - On May 29th, Governor...more

Worth Another Look: Write-In Campaigns

Most candidates for public office in Pennsylvania secure their place on the ballot by following the traditional path. They circulate nomination petitions, collect the requisite signatures by statutorily required deadlines and...more

Rules Tax-Exempt Health Care Organizations Need to Know

It’s that time again – another election year. And if your organization is exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code (“Exempt Organization” or “EO”), the EO cannot participate in, or intervene in, any political campaign on...more

Legislative Primary Results

Incumbent Governor Tom Corbett and Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley both ran unopposed in the Republican primary. They will represent the GOP on the republican ticket in the fall. ...more

2014 Election Season Officially Begins

With the beginning of the candidate filing period on May 20, the official 2014 elections calendar has begun. Candidates will have until June 3 to file for partisan offices....more

Governor’s Race: A Democratic Primary Primer

Pennsylvania’s primary election will be held on Tuesday, May 20. Gov. Tom Corbett is running unopposed on the Republican ticket. Four Democrats are vying for the nomination to challenge the incumbent governor this fall. Here...more

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