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A Preview of Business Immigration in 2016: H-1B

From proposals to slash the H-1B cap to overhauling the EB-5 investor program, 2016 is already proving to be an interesting year for business immigration. In a series of posts, the Mintz Levin team will provide an overview of...more

2016 Washington Preview

Having completed the first session of the 114th Congress, many in Washington are quickly turning toward the 2016 elections. In the coming year, the headlines will undoubtedly be dominated by electioneering but, after a...more

Former FTC Chair Kovacic Rates the Presidential Candidates

As has been reported by William McConnell at TheStreet, former FTC Chair Bill Kovacic delivered a frank assessment of the four leading presidential candidates’ antitrust stances at a program sponsored by the Heritage...more

CRA Ends Political Activities Audit Program for Charities

On January 20, the CRA announced that its controversial political activities audit program for charities has been wound-down. From the CRA news release: The results of the political activities audit program have shown...more

New Law Limits Ability of Local Governments and School Districts to Communicate Regarding Ballot Questions

On January 6, 2016, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Public Act 269 of 2015 (“Act 269”), which amends the Michigan Campaign Finance Act, Act 388, Public Acts of Michigan, 1976, as amended (“Act 388”). Among other...more

Pay-to-Play Resolutions

As we approach the end of the first work week of 2016, companies should be thinking about their “pay-to-play resolutions” in the upcoming year. New Jersey is home to numerous and varied pay-to-play restrictions. One misstep...more

NC Legislative Campaign Filing Update

The Public Affairs team has issued a 2016 NC Legislative Campaign Filing Update. 2016 NC LEGISLATIVE CAMPAIGN FILING UPDATE - The filing deadline for 2016 election campaigns was Monday, December 21, 2015. Following...more

Legislators Say SEC Can Work on Political Spending Disclosures

The recently enacted omnibus spending bill, referred to as the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, provides the SEC may not use funds made available under the Act to “finalize, issue, or implement” rules regarding...more

Presidential Campaigns Using Songs Without Permission Hit a Sour Note

Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump is “Not Gonna Take It”. He recently received permission from Dee Snider to use Twisted Sister’s 1984 hit “We’re Not Gonna Take It” in his campaign. Trump sought permission after...more

Lobbying: Important amendments to the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct

On December 1, 2015, a number of amendments to the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (the Code) will come into force. The amendments have the potential to alter the ability of certain persons in the private sector to communicate...more

Media and political campaigns: From the era of free air time to that of free online advertising

The increasing influence of mass media in political campaigns has been an issue of concern for campaign finance regulators worldwide during the past decades. The role of media often goes beyond merely informing the citizens...more

Update on Texas Campaign Regulations

So-called dark money groups have sprung up since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Citizens United. These groups are generally nonprofit corporations that raise and spend funds on campaign ads, but do so as a...more

New Presumptions of Coordination in CA Political Communications/Independent Expenditures

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (“FPPC”) has overhauled its regulations that define when an independent expenditure will be deemed to have been coordinated with a candidate or ballot measure committee. ...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. 2016 Session Gets Underway with Low Number of Bills Admitted - The Legislative Council,...more

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

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