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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

Legislative Primary Preview

“Run hard or unopposed” is a common campaign motto. And with the Pennsylvania primary election just days away, it’s worth a look to see how many members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly are running hard and how many get...more

Investing in Georgia: Economic Development Newsletter - May 2014

Welcome to King & Spalding's economic development news bulletin, Investing in Georgia. In this edition, you will find: - Analysis of the issues that will impact midterm elections, as well as a special preview edition...more

Copyrights, Fair Use And Elections

The mid-terms are coming up, so you know there will be stories of politicians getting into clashes with artists over the use of songs and other content in ads and at rallies. In Texas, for better or worse, the real...more

FEC Approves Bitcoin Political Donations While SEC Issues Investor Alert

On May 8, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) unanimously affirmed in an advisory opinion that political committees (including candidate campaigns and political action committees) could legally accept small bitcoin...more

Politics Drives the Agenda in Run-Up to the Midterms

With the 2014 Midterm Elections less than seven months away, the issues driving the remaining days of the 113th Congress must be viewed in their political context. Many political observers are calling the Senate a toss-up and...more

Public Trust Act Preserves Candidate Choices

Political communications are like trees in a forest. Blessed with monetary sunshine political communications reach toward the sky, dominate the horizon, and potentially drench competitors in shade. Legal limits on financial...more

A Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 2 struck down an aggregate cap on individual contributions over a two-year election cycle to federal candidates, parties and political committees. (McCutcheon v. Fed. Election Comm’n, 572 U.S....more

Weekly Update from the State House - April 17, 2014: While the House was on furlough this week, the Senate focused on discussions...

Details from Each Chamber: - HOUSE ..The House was on furlough this week and will convene at noon on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. - SENATE ..The Senate worked through the uncontested Calendar...more

From Second and State: PA Political Update

March 31marked the end of the campaign finance reporting cycle covering the period from January 1 through March 31. According to reports filed with the Department of State, gubernatorial candidates have the following cash on...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 4-18-14

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Completes Last Full Week of Work for the Year - On April 18th at 1:05 a.m.,...more

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

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