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What went wrong? Campaign telemarketer fined by FTC

While false statements are no longer actionable in the election arena, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can, and recently has, targeted telemarketers involved in allegedly deceptive solicitations. ...more

Citizen-initiated charter amendment results in costly penalty for city

Citizen-initiated ballot issues are the cornerstone of our democracy, but one Ohio city found itself in an untenable position at the end of a three-year legal battle that included multiple trips to the board of elections, the...more

Shape up your PAC for the new year

The start of a new year is an ideal time to conduct a compliance check of your political action committee (PAC). While the eight action items below should be part of your ongoing PAC procedures, we recommend a focused review...more

Avoiding conflicts of interest

Most public officials, especially those at the local level, hold private employment, own businesses and have family in the community. This can make avoiding conflicts of interest a challenge when asked to vote on an ordinance...more

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