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British Columbia Overhauling Political Campaign Financing

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On September 18, 2017, the NDP Government introduced Bill 3-2017 Election Amendment Act, 2017, aiming to reform British Columbia's maligned image as the Wild West of political donations....more

Developments in Association Law, 2016 – 2017

There have been important legal developments at the federal and state levels for nonprofit organizations. - Takeaways - Nonprofits continue to experience Federal government and private litigant antitrust enforcement....more

CEOs, Politics and the Law: Guidelines for a New Era in Corporate Social Speech

by Perkins Coie on

In recent weeks, America’s CEOs have spoken out on social issues like never before, placing the business community firmly within the national debate. Likewise, companies are feeling internal and external pressures to...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Challenge to Amended MSRB Political Contribution Rules

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a challenge brought by three Republican state party organizations related to the legality of the 2016 Amendments to MSRB Rule G-37 barring brokers and dealers from...more

Professor Robert J. Jackson Jr. Nominated To Become A Member Of The Securities And Exchange Commission

by Allen Matkins on

As Broc Romanek noted yesterday, President Donald Trump has nominated Columbia Law School Professor Robert J. Jackson, Jr. to become a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Over the years, Professor Jackson’s...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 24

by Clark Hill PLC on

Hurricane Harvey Could be the Most Expensive Natural Disaster in US History: Republican House members from Texas and Louisiana are pressing congressional leaders and top Trump administration officials for immediate federal...more

Blog: Deregulation? What Deregulation? Two (Persistent) Campaigns For Enhanced Disclosure Requirements

by Cooley LLP on

Notwithstanding the deregulatory emphasis of the current administration, two campaigns are currently being waged to convince the SEC to adopt new regulations mandating more disclosure—one related to human capital management...more

Could Tax Reform Threaten Higher Education?

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Given declining funding from government sources and the continued pressure to minimize tuition increases, it is critical for higher education institutions to encourage private giving. The primary catalyst for private giving...more

RGA and RSLC Register Main Accounts as Virginia Political Committees

On April 6, 2017, we sent a mailing alerting you to the fact that the Republican Attorneys General Association had registered its main account — the general operating account — as a political committee with the Commonwealth...more

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

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