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Federal PAC Reports Due July 31, 2017

All federal PACs are required to submit a semi-annual report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on or before Monday, July 31, 2017. The semi-annual report must reflect all receipts and disbursements between January 1,...more

U.S. House Considering Change to Enforcement of Trade Association PAC Rules

by Perkins Coie on

A bill currently being considered by the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations could significantly alter the way trade associations may solicit contributions for their political action committees (PACs) in fiscal year 2018....more

Lessons Learned from the Della Pello Decision

by Genova Burns LLC on

Earlier this year, a government contractor lost just over $7 million in New Jersey state government contracts because of a single political contribution that was inadvertently made payable to the WRONG political recipient....more

France Reforms Lobbying Rules: Government to Impose Criminal Penalties

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Significant changes in the lobbying rules will implicate both individuals and entities that may not consider themselves as primarily lobbyists. Key Points: ..Lobbyists must comply with particularly constraining...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

Despite the headlines coming out of Washington, Congress continues to move forward in regular fashion, discussing and acting upon key issues, such as funding the government, addressing the need to raise the debt ceiling and...more

Is New Jersey’s Regulated-Industry Ban on Political Contributions Ripe for Challenge?

by Genova Burns LLC on

Since 1911, New Jersey law has prohibited the making of political contributions by such highly regulated industries as banks, utilities, and insurance companies. The reasoning underlying this prohibition was clarified by a...more

Arizona Supreme Court Clarifies Due Process Rights in Administrative Hearings

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The due process clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not allow "the same person to serve as an accuser, advocate, and final decisionmaker in agency adjudication," the Arizona Supreme Court has ruled in...more

What President Trump’s Executive Order Means for 501(c)(3) Political Activity

by Genova Burns LLC on

Recently, President Trump signed his Executive Order “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” It directs the Secretary of the Treasury to exercise discretion to avoid taking any adverse action against an individual,...more

UPDATE: President Trump Signs “Johnson Amendment” Executive Order Limiting Treasury’s Actions Against Religious Organizations...

On May 4, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that directs the executive branch to limit its enforcement of the “Johnson Amendment.” As previously reported, the Johnson Amendment prohibits organizations that are...more

President Trump’s New Johnson Amendment Executive Order: Is the Bark Worse than the Bite?

Earlier last week we reported on proposed bills regarding the repeal or modification of the “Johnson Amendment” which established the absolute prohibition on political campaign activity by 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. ...more

Update on Johnson Amendment Repeal Bills

During his presidential campaign, President Trump promised to repeal the “Johnson Amendment” which established the absolute prohibition on political campaign activity by 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. ...more

Political Participation in 2017: Top Legal Concerns for Your Company

by Perkins Coie on

Change has come to Washington, D.C. and state legislatures around the country. The fast pace of political changes ushered in during early 2017 can create both challenges and opportunities when it comes to complying with the...more

GOP Proposes Allowing Charities to Take Political Sides

by McGuireWoods LLP on

While speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 2, President Donald J. Trump vowed to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment. This pledge was seconded by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady, R-Texas, in...more

Is the Time Ripe for New Jersey Pay-to-Play Reform?

by Genova Burns LLC on

For more than a decade, New Jersey has had in place a series of pay-to-play laws that impose reduced contribution limits and heightened disclosure requirements for government contractors. The goal of these laws is to ensure...more

Questions & Answers on State and Local Variations on the SEC Pay-to-Play Rule

by K&L Gates LLP on

Many states and municipalities have adopted laws and regulations that affect how investment managers may solicit investment advisory business, including investment in sponsored public and private funds, from the state...more

Charitable Organizations And Political Activities

by Dickinson Wright on

Recent media attention has been given to proposals to repeal the prohibition on political activities by charitable organizations exempt from taxation under IRC 501(c)(3) – commonly referred to as the “Johnson Amendment”. ...more

Deadline for New Jersey's Annual Pay-to-Play Disclosure is Approaching: Is Your Company Ready to File?

by Genova Burns LLC on

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (“ELEC”) requires each business entity that received payments of $50,000 or more (in the aggregate) as a result of government contracts during the 2016 calendar year to...more

Plainfield Repeals Local Pay-to-Play Ordinance

by Genova Burns LLC on

New Jersey is home to a multitude of overlapping pay-to play laws. The State has a default statute covering pay-to-play restrictions at the municipal level. In 2006, however, the State Legislature allowed municipalities to...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

UPDATE: Continued Regulatory Focus on US Political Contributions

by Dechert LLP on

Recent actions by financial industry regulators, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”), and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”),...more

When it Comes to Pay-to-Play, Not All Political Recipients are Created Equal

by Genova Burns LLC on

If any New Jersey State contractor or potential State contractor out there ever thought that it didn’t need to put political-activity and pay-to-play compliance at the top of its “To Do” list, we have a cautionary tale for...more

Ten Investment Advisory Firms Violate SEC's Pay-to-Play Rule

by BakerHostetler on

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced that ten investment advisory firms agreed to pay penalties in the tens of thousands of dollars to settle SEC charges that they violated the SEC’s pay-to-play rule,...more

Federal Contribution Limits for 2018 Election Cycle: Déjà vu Edition

by Nossaman LLP on

The Federal Election Commission just announced the contribution limits for the 2017-2018 election cycle, and the big news is: they look a lot like the 2016 cycle limits. Under the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002...more

New Federal Political Contribution Limits

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has released updated contribution limits for individuals, political action committees (PACs), and state and national party committees for the 2017-2018 election cycle. The limit for...more

EOs and EOs: Exempt Organizations and Presidential Executive Orders

In the twelve days since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has issued a flurry of executive orders relating to, among other things, the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the construction of oil pipelines, the...more

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