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Candidates, Committees May Directly Solicit Unlimited Contributions to 'Super PACs'

by Miller Canfield on

As candidates begin to ramp up fundraising efforts ahead of the November 2018 elections, state and local candidates in Michigan now have new tools in their arsenal to support their efforts, albeit indirectly, after the...more

Let's Hope Moulton's View on Gun Slaughter Moments of Silence is Contagious

by PretiFlaherty on

Seth Moulton has the right idea about those weak and perfunctory and unproductive moments of silence at the Capitol after mass shootings like the one Sunday night in Las Vegas. “As after #Orlando, I will NOT be joining my...more

What Is Ohio’s Filing Deadline For Candidates For Governor?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

With many observers expressing surprise that Director Cordray has not yet announced that he plans to run for Ohio Governor as the Democratic candidate, there has been curiosity as to Ohio’s filing deadline for candidates....more

Voters Don't Seem to Be Holding Social Media Slip Against Rep in Mayor's Race

by PretiFlaherty on

If you’re running for public office and make a slip on social media, even a small one, it can take months to live it down. Just ask Paul Heroux, who’s running for mayor of Attleboro and is the favorite in the race after...more

Fake and Consequences: Weathering the Reputational Risks and Financial Fallout of “News” that Abuses

In today’s political climate, the phrase “fake news” gets bandied about quite a bit. In addition to its more traditional meaning—news that is false, purposefully misrepresented or outright propaganda—fake news is also...more

The Genius of Brian: Other Reps Loved Him as He Got All He Could for His City

by PretiFlaherty on

I don’t know if they’ll ever put up a statue of Brian Dempsey in Haverhill but they should. During the seven or so years he chaired the Ways & Means Committee of the Massachusetts House, Dempsey did what Ways & Means...more

Candidates, Contributions & Compliance in Connection with New Jersey’s 2017 Gubernatorial Election

by Genova Burns LLC on

On Tuesday, June 6th, New Jersey held its 2017 gubernatorial primary election. Voters went to the polls to choose the Republican and Democratic candidates for Governor. Now that we know that the general election will feature...more

PACs, Campaigns and Dark Money: What is the Law?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In 2016, Missouri voters enshrined new campaign finance laws in the state constitution. The Missouri Ethics Commission issued several interpreting opinions and a federal court has enjoined parts of the law as...more

War Hero Moulton's Authenticity Will Keep Fueling Hope about a Presidential Run

by PretiFlaherty on

It’s outlandish of course that people were talking not so long ago about Seth Moulton, a two-term member of the Congress from Massachusetts, as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, and...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Spokesperson Says Governor Paul LePage Will Not Seek Senator King’s U.S. Senate Seat - A...more

Worth Another Look – Judicial Races

This year’s primary election is just under two weeks away. While most of the elections being held throughout the Commonwealth are for municipal office, there are a number of judgeships up for grabs. Here’s a quick who’s who...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Compressed Committee Activity - Over the next four to six weeks, the Maine legislature’s...more

I'm Feeling Right Now that 'Senator Shortsleeve' Has a Certain Duende to It

by PretiFlaherty on

Joe Shortsleeve, who achieved New England fame as a TV newsman, is seriously considering running for the Massachusetts Senate. As a former newsman of the (glamor-challenged) print variety, I hope Joe runs for the...more

Removing Elected Officials For Libelous Or Slanderous Statements

by Allen Matkins on

Although the above quotation sounds as if it could have been written today, it was in fact penned more than three decades ago as part of the successful ballot argument in favor of Proposition 20. As a result of the...more

Janet Yellen And The Fed Make It Happen – Interest Rate Hike – US Stock Markets Like It

As expected and reported on the blog last week, Fed Chair Janet Yellen and her team raised the Fed’s key interest rate by 0.25 percentage point today. While it’s the third time that the Fed has increased rates since the...more

Charities Participating in Policy and Protest: 2017 and Beyond

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

Recent demonstrations highlight a significant passion for expressing dissent and opposition to the Trump administration and its public policy positions. Given the dramatic increase in queries we have received from our clients...more

Arizona’s Revised Laws on PACs and Corporate Contributions

by Snell & Wilmer on

The recent major revisions to Arizona’s campaign finance laws (passed in bills S.B. 1516, H.B. 2296 and H.B. 2297), which took effect late last year, modified the previous restrictions on corporate contributions to political...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Senate Votes to Request Solemn Occasion for Constitutional Ruling on Ranked Choice Voting - At...more

Pay-to-Play Enforcement Sweep Snares Private Equity and Venture Capital

On January 17, 2017, the SEC announced nine settled enforcement actions for violations of the pay-to-pay rule against private equity, venture capital and hedge fund sponsors. The firms involved agreed to pay monetary...more

Who’s Responsible for Policing Fake News?

by Jackson Walker on

For many of us, gone are the days of reading the morning newspaper over a cup of coffee. Instead, the majority of U.S. adults now obtain their news via social media. We’ve grown accustomed to having information at our...more

There Can Be Only One Reason Romney's Kissing Up to the Donald Now

by PretiFlaherty on

To the pundits and members of the chattering class I would say, Stop wracking your brains trying to figure out what was Mitt Romney thinking when he came courting Trump in New Jersey right after the election; instead, keep it...more

Looking Ahead to a Trump Administration: Health Care and Life Sciences Industry Perspectives

by Reed Smith on

Observers are digesting what the Trump Administration will mean for the health care and life sciences industry. Forecasting is more challenging for this incoming Administration than most given the relatively sparse policy...more

Trump’s Impact on Environmental Law? Let the Speculation Begin!

What will a Trump Presidency mean for environmental law? I’m not sure my crystal ball if better than anyone else’s, but here are a few quick thoughts...more

Flash: What the Election Means for Health Care

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

There are a number of factors to consider that have broad implications beyond health care: ..In the first 100 days of a new Administration, there is typically an opportunity for legislative achievement — for folks to...more

How Congress, President-Elect Trump Might Proceed on Promise to Repeal, Replace ACA

by McDermott Will & Emery on

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This campaign promise, which echoes a familiar refrain from Republicans since ACA’s passage, is more complex than it may seem....more

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