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Last Week at the FEC: RNC Sues to Overturn Limit on Independent Expenditure-only Contributions

Last week, the Federal Election Commission met in executive session on May 20, but did not meet in public session or otherwise act on pending administrative matters. However, on Friday, May 23, the Republican National...more

Last Week At The FEC: Commission Issues Bitcoin Opinion, Questions Remain

On May 8, after nearly three months of consideration, the Federal Election Commission issued an Advisory Opinion in response to Make Your Laws (MYL) PAC's request that it approve a framework within which political committees...more

FEC Approves Bitcoin Transactions

Earlier this month the Federal Election Commission issued Advisory Opinion 2014-02, which permits the acceptance of Bitcoins for political contributions. Bitcoin is a form of virtual, peer-to-peer currency that can be...more

Political Law Briefing - May 2014

In this issue: - In Case You Missed It: Venable’s Presentation on Election-Year Advocacy and Nonprofit Organizations - Virginia Enacts Statutory Gift Restrictions - The "Ministry of Truth" Goes to...more

FEC Roundup

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) had a busy fall season, beginning with the announcement of two new appointments, and culminating in the consideration of several important matters. The following summary represents a few...more

If the U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Political Contribution Limits Next Year, Will Your Campaign Be Ready?

The U.S. Supreme Court, which heard oral argument in McCutcheon vs. FEC this week, may overturn the aggregate contribution caps that have governed federal elections since 1974. If so, candidates should prepare now for the...more

Public Policy and Politics: Compliance Tips for Your Nonprofit's Advocacy and Electoral Efforts

In this presentation: - Growing Your PAC - Independent Expenditures - 501(c)(3) Election Issues - Lobbying Disclosure - Tax Issues - Hosting Events Please see full...more

New Jersey says No to SuperPACs

Today, the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission issued Advisory Opinion 01-2013 holding that a committee organized under Section 527 of the IRS code and intending to make solely independent expenditures (i.e.,...more

FEC Increases Political Contribution Limits

On January 30, the Federal Election Commission increased the amounts that individuals and certain PACs can contribute in the 2013-14 election cycle. The most significant change is that individuals may now give $2600 per...more

New Cycle; New Contribution Limits? by Claudia A. Hrvatin

On December 17, the Federal Election Commission ("FEC") posted a new "Timely Tip" reminding PAC treasurers that certain limits on contributions, such as those for individuals to candidates, are adjusted every odd-numbered...more

Political Giving, Like Charitable Giving, Raises Special Year-End Issues

Just as the end of the year can be a good time to make charitable donations, it can also be a good time to make political contributions for those who give frequently in federal elections....more

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