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Director Cordray cleared of Hatch Act violation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has issued a letter stating that it “found no evidence that [Director Cordray had] engaged in any of the preliminary activities directed toward candidacy that would violate the Hatch...more

Politicians pushing Michigan No Fault reform got $250K from insurance industry

by Michigan Auto Law on

Campaign contribution data shows House Insurance Committee Republicans who favor No Fault car insurance reform have received $253,075 from insurance industry...more

Candidates, Committees May Directly Solicit Unlimited Contributions to 'Super PACs'

by Miller Canfield on

As candidates begin to ramp up fundraising efforts ahead of the November 2018 elections, state and local candidates in Michigan now have new tools in their arsenal to support their efforts, albeit indirectly, after the...more

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

No Room for Refunds: Pay-to-Play Limits and New Jersey’s Upcoming Gubernatorial Election

by Genova Burns LLC on

With summer vacations over and the New Jersey political world focused on the November gubernatorial election, Friday, September 8, 2017 marks an important milestone under New Jersey’s pay-to-play laws. Under the law, a...more

Eighth Circuit Rejects Sovereign Immunity Defense to FCA Qui Tam Action

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Last month the Eighth Circuit considered and rejected an Eleventh Amendment sovereign immunity defense to a qui tam action under the False Claims Act. In United States ex rel. Fields v. Bi-State Development Agency, No....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

NJ’s Gubernatorial Election – Public Matching Funds and the Role of Outside Money

by Genova Burns LLC on

On the same day that it was announced that Kim Guadagno and Phil Murphy both qualified for public matching funds in New Jersey’s 2017 gubernatorial election, the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission issued a News...more

Candidates, Contributions & Compliance in Connection with New Jersey’s 2017 Gubernatorial Election

by Genova Burns LLC on

On Tuesday, June 6th, New Jersey held its 2017 gubernatorial primary election. Voters went to the polls to choose the Republican and Democratic candidates for Governor. Now that we know that the general election will feature...more

PACs, Campaigns and Dark Money: What is the Law?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In 2016, Missouri voters enshrined new campaign finance laws in the state constitution. The Missouri Ethics Commission issued several interpreting opinions and a federal court has enjoined parts of the law as...more

Missouri's Ban on Banks Contributing to Ballot Measures, PACs Found Unconstitutional

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri struck down as unconstitutional and permanently enjoined enforcement of a new Missouri campaign finance law. Under the provisions of the law, banks were prohibited...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

New Ethics and Campaign Contribution Rules Enacted in San Francisco

by Perkins Coie on

San Francisco voters enacted Proposition T by an overwhelming majority in the November 2016 election; the measure was placed on the ballot by a unanimous vote of the San Francisco Ethics Commission. The measure will make an...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. Clean Election Funding for Gubernatorial Candidates Being Challenged - Maine’s Clean Election...more

Alabama Ethics Commission Update

Last week, the Alabama Ethics Commission (the “Commission”) held its first of six scheduled meetings for the year. At the meeting, the Commission issued a new opinion addressing charitable solicitations and amended a...more

"New Federal Campaign Contribution Limits"

On February 2, 2017, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) announced the new federal campaign contribution limits...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: January 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Proposed Landmark Rules Could Make LA Redevelopment More Difficult - Los Angeles City Council Member Jose Huizar has proposed a new set of rules that could make it more difficult for owners of historic properties in Los...more

2017 Political Law Update

As we enter the new year, please note the following recent changes made to state and federal lobbying, gift and campaign finance laws...more

6th Circuit Orders Pay-to-Play Challenge to Merits Panel

by Burr & Forman on

The Sixth Circuit this week declined the SEC’s request to dismiss a Constitutional challenge to the new MSRB pay-to-play rules. Instead, the Court ordered the case to a merits panel for consideration. The Republican parties...more

Local Campaign Finance Reform: Can Local Agencies Wean the Baby From “Mother’s Milk?” (Part 1)

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

It is an issue that has been with us since the earliest days of politics: The wealthy tend to have disproportionate influence over our political leaders in contrast to the poor and middle class. In the immortal words of the...more

Pay-To-Play Meets The California Labor Code

by Allen Matkins on

In 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a rule (17 CFR § 206-4(5)) prohibiting an investment adviser from providing advisory services for compensation to a government client for two years after the adviser or...more

New York Passes Ethics Package Impacting Lobbying and Disclosure

On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law an ethics package (the Bill) including campaign finance, lobbying and disclosure amendments. Below, we briefly summarize key provisions that (i) expand...more

Campaign Season Poses Challenges for Local Governments

by Butler Snow LLP on

It is that time of year again… “Election Season.” In addition to candidates on the ballot on a state and national level, many local governments are gearing up to place questions on the ballot with respect to debt issuances...more

New Jersey Man Prosecuted for Funneling Campaign Contributions from Foreign Source

by Williams Mullen on

Much of the U.S. media overlooked a Bill of Information filed in United States District Court in New Jersey on June 29. The information charged Bilal Shehu, an Albanian immigrant, with unlawfully funneling $80,000 from a...more

Forewarned is Forearmed—Hosting Events at the Political Conventions

by King & Spalding on

Organizations that plan to provide entertainment to Members and staff of the United States House of Representatives and Senate at the political party conventions should remind themselves of the unique rules that apply to...more

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