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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

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

Independence, Coordination & Super PACs in the 2016 Presidential Election

by Genova Burns LLC on

On July 4th we celebrated Independence Day. In the next three weeks, the Nation will focus on the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. We cannot turn on the television without catching a political ad....more

Raise Your Hand if You Are Contributing—FEC Dismissal of Charges Offers Insight about Coercing Contributions to Your PAC

by Stinson Leonard Street on

As we approach the November elections, it may be time to replenish your corporate PAC, also known as your Separately Segregated Fund (SSF). In early June, the Chairman and two commissioners of the Federal Election Commission...more

Super PACs in Spotlight Once Again During Presidential Primary Season

by King & Spalding on

As in the 2014 mid-term election season, Super PACs once again are attracting a great deal of attention in this Presidential Primary season. Although criticized by many, they are a legal, and many believe effective, way to...more

"FEC Dismisses Wal-Mart PAC Match Case"

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently dismissed a complaint filed against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and its political action committee (PAC), finding that Wal-Mart's 2-for-1 PAC match program did not violate federal...more

Ban Still Stands on Political Contributions from Federal Government Contractors

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Supreme Court denied certification, or refused to hear and reverse, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision on the ban that prohibits individual federal government contractors from making political contributions. The...more

DOJ’s first prosecution for campaign finance coordination — a sign of things to come?

by LeClairRyan on

With the 2016 presidential campaign in full swing, pundits, reformers and the media are once again shining a light on the role of independent-expenditure-only committees, aka “super PACs,” in the American political process....more

"DC Circuit Unanimously Upholds Federal Contractor Contribution Ban"

On July 7, 2015, the federal circuit court for the District of Columbia sitting en banc issued a unanimous opinion upholding the federal contractor contribution ban against a constitutional challenge in the long-running case...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds 44-Year-Old Ban: The answer is still “no” for individual federal contractors wishing to contribute to federal...

On July 7, 2015, in Wagner v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the ban on individual federal contractor contributions to federal candidates and political...more

U.S. Court Upholds Federal Contractor Campaign Finance Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a constitutional challenge to the ban on U.S. government contractors making political contributions to candidates for federal office and federal political party...more

Circuit Court Upholds Federal Contractor Contribution Ban

Earlier this week, a unanimous 11-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the long-standing ban on federal political contributions by federal government contractors. The Circuit...more

DC Circuit Upholds Federal Contractor Pay-to-Play Ban

by Genova Burns LLC on

Today, the DC Circuit issued its decision in Wagner v. FEC and upheld the 75 year-old pay-to-play prohibition applicable to federal contractors. The Federal Election Campaign Act prohibits federal contractors from making...more

"Department of Justice Secures Sentence in First Super PAC Coordination Case"

The Department of Justice recently concluded its first criminal prosecution of coordination between an independent-expenditure-only committee (super PAC) and a campaign committee. On June 12, 2015, the U.S. District Court for...more

Foreign National Political Contribution Laws Can Cause Confusion, Pain for Unwary

A business executive writes a small check to a neighbor who is running for a seat on the local school board. It sounds harmless, but the executive isn’t a U.S. citizen and by writing that check, she has broken federal...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - April 2015

by Reed Smith on

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week....more

Looking Back at Five Years of Citizens United

by Genova Burns LLC on

This month marked the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court handing down its decision in Citizens United v. FEC. More than perhaps most other recent Supreme Court decisions, Citizens United has remained in the public...more

Campaign Contribution Limits Raised Again

by Bracewell LLP on

In every odd-numbered year the Federal Election Commission (FEC) is required to adjust certain contribution limits, expenditure limits, and the lobbyist bundling disclosure threshold by indexing them to inflation. ...more

Individual Contribution Limits Increased for 2015 -2016 Election Cycle

On February 3rd, the Federal Election Commission increased the amounts that individuals and certain PACs can contribute in the 2015-16 election cycle. The most significant change is that individuals may now give $2700 per...more

National Party Committees to Benefit from New and Vastly Increased Contribution Limits

by Bracewell LLP on

In signing the omnibus appropriations bill into law on December 16, 2014, the President created new vehicles for making increased contributions to national political party committees. The Federal Election Commission, which is...more

New Limits Expand Funding Pool For National Party Committees

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Recently passed spending legislation dramatically increased the amount that individual donors may give to the National Party Committee accounts used to fund party conventions, construction and legal challenges. Specifically,...more

A Question of Ethics: The Year in Government Ethics

by McGuireWoods LLP on

As long as there are governments, there will be government corruption. The temptations to abuse power are never going away, and neither is human frailty, which means government ethics will remain an important issue for, well,...more

"State Parties File Legal Challenge Against SEC Rule 206(4)-5"

On August 7, 2014, the New York and Tennessee state Republican parties brought suit against the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), challenging Rule 206(4)-5 (the rule). Specifically, the complaint seeks an...more

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