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Recent Settlements Signal Increased Political Law Enforcement by Government Officials

The U.S. government reached settlements with two federal lobbyist registrants recently in what appears to signal increased enforcement of political activity laws. On August 28, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the...more

Private Foundations: A Brief Overview of Rules and Practical Steps for Grant-Making

Private Foundation Rules to Remember - Private foundations must follow a variety of rules to avoid the imposition of potentially onerous penalty taxes on the foundation and its related parties...more

CRA Publishes Reminder on Charities’ Political Activities

Political activities have been a hot topic for the CRA’s Charities Directorate in the last few years. In the CRA’s 2015 Program Update, the Charities Directorate stated that its recent political activity audit included...more

Blog: Senate Dems Ask SEC Chair To Act On Petition For Political Spending Disclosure

With election season upon us — after all, the election is only, well, a year and two months away – it’s time to renew the controversy over political spending disclosure. As you may recall, in 2011, a rulemaking petition was...more

44 Senators Ask SEC to Require Disclosure of Political Contributions

In this letter 44 senators called on SEC Chair Mary Jo White to act on a rulemaking petition that would require companies to disclose their political spending. The letter was referring to Petition for Rulemaking, File No....more

TN Republican Party Loses Challenge to Adviser Pay-to-Play Rule

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday rejected a challenge to the SEC’s investment-adviser pay-to-play rule, holding that New York and Tennessee Republican-Party organizations filed it almost four years...more

Anti-robocalling statute banning automated political calls found unconstitutional

On August 6, 2015, the Fourth Circuit upheld a lower court’s decision that the South Carolina anti-robocall statute was unconstitutional. The South Carolina robocall statute targeted automated telephone calls that were...more

Statute Criminalizing Election Campaign Lies Found to Violate First Amendment and Article 16

On August 6, 2015, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) in Commonwealth v. Lucas struck down Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 56, § 42 (Section 42), which criminalized the utterance or publication of “any false...more

Explaining Jon Stewart’s Monologue on Campaign Finance

After more than 16 years at the helm of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart hosted his final episode last night. The hour-long show devoted most of its running time to Stewart saying farewell to the correspondents and staffers who...more

New FCC rules restricting robocalls have pollsters up in arms

The 2016 election cycle will occur under the framework of a new set of rules recently adopted by the Federal Communication Commission that strengthen consumer protections against unwanted calls and spam texts. The FCC claims...more

Lawful advocacy: Contractor compliance with federal campaign contribution requirements

Last week, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the ban in US law on contributions to federal political candidates and parties by individuals performing contracts with the federal government. Although...more

DC Circuit Upholds Federal Ban on Campaign Contributions - What's Next for Politically Active Government Contractors?

A unanimous federal appeals court in Washington, DC has upheld a long-standing ban on federal campaign contributions by government contractors. ...more

What is a Super PAC?

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire has reported that in the first half of 2015, presidential Super PACs have raised a total of $211,457,755. This money is in addition to money raised directly by presidential candidate...more

Campaign Coordination: Warning to Political Candidates and Related Super PACs

Tyler Harber’s prosecution, and the two year federal prison sentence he recently received, are clearly warning shots across the bow of federal political campaigns around the country. And the blatant and unsympathetic nature...more

Trump Goes A Rockin’: Neil Young Comes A Knockin’

Donald Trump, the New York real estate mogul and self-proclaimed business genius, just kicked off his campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination at Trump Tower in Manhattan to the tune of Neil Young’s Rockin’ In The...more

Free Speech for All . . . Except Judges?

Last month, in one of the most closely-watched cases of the October 2014 Term, the U.S. Supreme Court held that States may prohibit judges and candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds. The...more

Supreme Court Decides Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar

On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar. The Court held that the First Amendment permits States to restrict judicial candidates’ speech by prohibiting them from personally soliciting...more

Obama For America Obtains Denial Of Class Certification In Putative TCPA Class Action

Lori Shamblin filed a putative class action against Obama For America, alleging that she had received two unsolicited telephone calls to her cellular phone that were made with an auto-dialer and used pre-recorded messages, in...more

Election Act 101 for Apartment and Condominium Owners and Managers

Alberta’s provincial election is fast approaching and that can only mean two things: bright-eyed candidates door-knocking across the province, and an increasing number of calls to our office from landlords and property...more

Guilty Plea in DOJ’s First Criminal Prosecution for Campaign Finance Coordination

The news media has already engaged in rampant speculation regarding the potential candidates from both parties in the 2016 presidential election. Inextricably tied to the talk of political campaigns is the public discussion...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

"Significant Changes to Oklahoma's Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Gift Laws"

Significant changes to Oklahoma's campaign finance, lobbying and gift laws and rules recently went into effect. Below, please find a summary of these changes....more

National Party Committees to Benefit from New and Vastly Increased Contribution Limits

In signing the omnibus appropriations bill into law on December 16, 2014, the President created new vehicles for making increased contributions to national political party committees. The Federal Election Commission, which is...more

National Political Parties Get a Christmas Bonus: Major Campaign Finance Provisions in Must-Pass Legislation

Congressional appropriators released the details of the FY15 funding bill (the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act,” or “Cromnibus”) on December 9, 2014, funding the federal government at $1.013 trillion...more

Thanks Obama (For America)! Single Defendant’s Offer Of Judgment Does Not Moot Claim Seeking Relief from Multiple Defendants

Lori Shamblin filed a putative class action against Obama For America, alleging that she had received two unsolicited telephone calls to her cellular phone that were made with an auto-dialer and used pre-recorded messages, in...more

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