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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

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

CFTC Issues Interpretation on Federal Transition and Inaugural Contributions

On December 23, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a staff interpretation saying that, in its view, contributions by swap dealers and their...more

"Developments: Applying Federal Pay-to-Play Rules to Trump/Pence Inaugural and Transition Committees"

For financial institutions subject to federal pay-to-play rules (SEC Rule 206(4)-5 for investment advisers, MSRB Rule G-37 for municipal bond underwriters and municipal advisors, and CFTC Rule 23.451 for swap dealers),...more

California's Campaign Finance Agency, the Fair Political Practices Commission, Announces 2017/2018 Gift and Contribution Limits

by Nossaman LLP on

The California Fair Political Practices Commission, charged with implementing the state’s campaign finance law, recently announced new gift and contribution limits for the 2017 – 2018 cycle. The agency is required to adjust...more

Year-End Reading List for PACs, Mega PACs & Others in Politics

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2016 draws to a close, the holiday reading list for those involved with political action committees (PACs), mega political action committees (Mega PACs) and others in politics may include the comprehensive rewrite of...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. Legislature Will Convene Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - The First Regular Session of the 128th...more

Developments in Association Law 2015–2016

The Nonprofit Organizations Practice at Pillsbury has prepared this summary of significant legal and policy developments that have occurred in approximately the past year. All of these developments have potential impacts upon...more

Hedge Fund Seeks Absolution from the SEC Claiming the Potential Pay-to-Play Penalty Doesn’t Fit the Violation

by Dentons on

Pershing Square Capital Management has found itself in the unenviable position of having to seek absolution from the Securities and Exchange Commission for the consequences of an unintended $500 pay-to-play error by one of...more

New York Will Require Certain 501(c)(3) Organizations to Publicly Disclose Donors

Bill No. A. 10742/S. 8160, introduced during the final hours of the spring legislative session and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, requires 501(c)(3) organizations to publicly disclose the identities of certain...more

"Post-Election Issues"

Now that the 2016 elections are over, we must contend with special legal issues that arise from contributions made to, and expenses incurred for, federal, state or local inaugural or transition committees, as well as recounts...more

The First Amendment: Without a Friend in the 2016 Election Cycle?

by Jackson Walker on

With Election Day less than two weeks away, it’s an interesting time for the First Amendment. Unlike the Second Amendment where party lines appear strong, the 2016 presidential candidates’ stance on First Amendment issues and...more

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