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New York State Announces Broad Set of Ethics and Campaign-Finance Reforms

Late last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and State legislative leaders announced agreement on a broad set of ethics and campaign-finance reforms focused on increased disclosure, transparency, and public trust....more

Corporate Political Activity, Reputational Risk Management and the 2016 Federal Election

As the 2016 presidential primary season concludes, we are quickly approaching the summer conventions and the November presidential election. With the political contests becoming more heated, this post is part of a new series...more

Scott Brown's Trump-Dream Erupts from a Spring of Intrinsic Ambition

This past Sunday night, June 12, before all of the dead had been identified on the premises of Pulse, the gay nightclub in Orlando, Donald Trump sent out a Tweet that said: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on...more

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: The California Primary

Mark, Howard, and Blake discuss the results of the California primary. Blacke: Thank you very much, and thanks again to everyone who's joined us in what is our ninth call. I'm here with Mark Alderman and Howard...more

Romney Wants to Be Above Battle in Utah but Battle Keeps Reaching for Him

I don’t think Trump is qualified to be president. I don’t think it is possible for Trump to win the general election, his impressive string of Republican primary victories notwithstanding. I’ve felt that way for a long time....more

New Jersey’s 2016 Primary: Potential Pitfalls of Per Election & Pay-to-Play Limits

New Jersey held its 2016 primary election on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. While most of the focus has been on the presidential primary, individuals and entities that contribute in connection with New Jersey state and local...more

Corporations and the 2016 Federal Election: Do You Know What Your Employees Are Doing?

As the 2016 presidential primary season proceeds, we are quickly approaching the summer conventions and the November presidential election. With the political contests becoming more heated, this post is part of a new series...more

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: The Democratic Race Winds Down

Mark, Howard and Blake discuss the state of the Democratic race. Also, Bernie Nash and Lori Kalani, co-chairs of Cozen O'Connor's State AG practice, discuss the State AG races....more

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: The Presumptive Nominees

Mark, Howard and Blake discuss the presumptive nomination of Donald Trump, the Veepstakes, and the impact of a prolonged primary on the Democrats....more

MoFo Tax Talk - Volume 9, No. 1

IRS Publishes Proposed section 305(c) Regulations - On April 12th, the IRS published proposed regulations under Section 305(c) that address the treatment of deemed dividends to holders of stock and rights to acquire...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. 127th Legislature Adjourned Sine Die on April 29, 2016 The second regular session of the 127th...more

Trump campaign sued for sending spam texts in violation of TCPA

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., which is the official campaign committee for candidate Donald Trump, was named in a putative class action case on April 25, 2016, for sending unwanted text messages to individuals. The...more

The Basics: Municipal Election Laws

Nationwide, states are seeing an uptick in voter participation. California’s election officials are now preparing for a turnout surge as the state’s June 7 presidential primary nears. Over the last three months, more...more

New York State Senate Special Election Update

With the dust still settling from Tuesday's special election for the Long Island seat vacated by convicted former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, it appears that Democratic candidate Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky finished...more

Blogster's Miscellany: Eight Items Just Begging for More Attention, Comment

Ben deRuyter, a Democrat from Brewster announced this past Friday (April 15) he was withdrawing from the race to succeed Cape Cod state senator Dan Wolf because he wants to spend more time with his family. I’m sure his...more

Campaign IP Violations Part 2 – Trump Sued for Copyright Infringement

In December, we blogged about the unauthorized use of copyrighted songs by political campaigns. Well, those campaigns should also double check the images they are using. Donald J. Trump For President, Inc. was sued in federal...more

Enforcing Pay-to-Play Violations

I recently had an interesting dialogue with a city attorney in a pay-to-pay state about a new and – from the perspective of candidates everywhere – concerning state trend in pay-to-pay enforcement: mandatory candidate...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. State Leaders Aim to Help to Save Maine’s Paper Industry - With this week’s announcements of...more

To Force Government To Be Transparent, Go Directly to the Campaign Trail: Terry Mutchler

The Founding Fathers recognized the power of public records in a democracy. The Declaration of Independence decried government gamesmanship that kept public records away from citizens. Originally published on PennLive...more

Election Insight. Clinton wins the night but loses the narrative. Trump stakes his claim as Cruz grabs the mantle in race for #2.

If you were looking for clarity in the race for the Democratic and Republican nominations, last night's results will disappoint. Both the Democratic and Republican front runners, Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump,...more

'Fake' May Not Have Been the Best Word for Romney to Hurl at Trump

As he was speaking yesterday morning in Utah, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney must have known he was not the best one to deliver the message that Donald Trump is “a fake,” and that a “business genius he is...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. Maine Voters to See Four Referendum Questions This Fall - This fall, Maine citizens will be...more

Do The Secretary Of State’s Criteria For Determining “Generally Recognized Presidential Candidates” Violate The APA?

Earlier this week, the California Secretary of State released his list of “generally recognized presidential candidates”. These are the individual whose names will appear on California’s June 2016 primary ballot. The...more

Campaigns Push on to New Hampshire

If you read one thing... - The field of candidates has narrowed following the conclusion of the Iowa caucuses; however, there is no clear front-runner for either party. - Republicans continue to spar over...more

Leaders Discuss Issues Facing Florida Manufacturers

As part of its ongoing 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour, the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”), including CEO Jay Timmons and others, stopped in Tampa, Florida on January 28 and 29, 2016. The visit included tours...more

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