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Political Law Briefing - February 2014

In this issue: - Note: You Can Still Tune-Up on Government Affairs Compliance - FPPC Goes After More Committees in Its "Dark Money" Case - Down But Not Out: IRS Cites Political Activity in Denying Groups...more

Charges Against Former Virginia Governor McDonnell Brought on by Whistleblower

The media coverage of this week’s announcement that federal prosecutors have charged former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, with illegally accepting gifts from a wealthy Richmond area businessman...more

Taxes and Politics Collide in New IRS Guidelines for 501(c)(4) Organizations: IRS Proposes to Restrict Political Activities of...

On November 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued proposed rules, “Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-Related Political Activities” (78 Fed. Reg. 71535-71542 (Nov. 29, 2013)),...more

IRS Proposes Regulations to Define Political Campaign Activity by Section 501(c)(4) Organizations

The IRS and the Treasury Department have released proposed regulations that provide definitive rules regarding the activities of Section 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organizations that will be treated as political campaign...more

PR Lessons from the NYC Mayoral Race

When Bill de Blasio won the New York Democratic primary for mayor with a large enough margin to avoid a run-off, the pundits weighed in on what was an impressive victory for someone who had been running a distant fourth not...more

Minnesota Elections Update

With almost exactly one year to go until the 2014 primary elections, the 2014 contests have already begun to take shape. The top races will be the Franken U.S. Senate seat, Governor Mark Dayton’s quest for reelection, the...more

New State Board of Elections Opinion Clarifies Political Committee Registration Requirement

In a rare formal opinion, the NY State Board of Elections (SBOE) explains that a person or entity must register and file disclosure statements as a political committee when it expends funds to communicate its endorsement of...more

Second Circuit Imposes Individual Liability on New York Mayoral Candidate for Fair Labor Standards Act Settlement

On July 9, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its opinion in Torres et al. v. Gristedes Operating Corp. et al., Case No. 11-4035, affirming the Southern District of New York’s imposition of...more

Nonprofits Operating in New York Must Disclose Donors, Itemize Spending for Election Advocacy and Issue Ads

Nonprofit groups raising money in New York are required by new rules to report nationwide spending on communications that support or oppose candidates and ballot initiatives, or that simply refer to candidates within certain...more

Growing List of Candidates for Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District

When Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN 6th) announced she would not run for re-election and DFL challenger Jim Graves dropped out of the race, (see post dated May 31, 2013), potential candidates started lining up as they...more

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