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The Ethics Advisor: Fair Elections in California

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

I can hear my suegros now, if they were alive, asking, “¿Qué es un ‘bot’?” if they were subjected to the frequent stories on the nightly news about Russian meddling in our national elections. Who knew even a few years ago...more

Alert: Who Paid for that Ad? US Considers Internet Disclosure Rules

by Cooley LLP on

Anyone who watches television or listens to radio during an election cycle is bombarded with political advertisements from candidates, political parties and issue groups. While some commentators have lamented the rise of...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

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

United States Supreme Court Upholds Campaign Ad Disclosure Requirement

by Snell & Wilmer on

In its recent four-word decision (“The judgment is affirmed.”) Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a campaign finance law requirement that donors backing certain campaign ads...more

"New Federal Campaign Contribution Limits"

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

Federal Court Rules that FEC Cybersecurity Study is Exempt from FOIA Disclosure

Last week, a D.C. federal judge ruled that an investigative reporter was not entitled to a 2014 cybersecurity study performed by an outside vendor detailing vulnerabilities in the Federal Election Commission’s information...more

Election Season Highlights Contractor Contribution Prohibitions

by BakerHostetler on

As this 2016 election season swings into its final months, federal government contractors should continue to be aware of the laws and regulations regarding political contributions. The Federal Election Campaign Act...more

Political Robocall Regulatory Considerations

by Clark Hill PLC on

In the midst of the campaign season it is important for campaign committees, political party committees, third-party advocacy groups, and vendors to be aware of the laws regulating prerecorded voice messages and autodialed...more

A Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities

by K&L Gates LLP on

This July 2016 edition of the Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities includes updates to the section on compliance with federal, state and local pay-to-play laws applicable to government contractors as well as investment...more

New York State Issues Guidance on Prohibited Coordination with Super PACs

by Genova Burns LLC on

After Citizens United and its progeny paved the way for independent expenditure activity and unlimited contributions to Independent Expenditure Only committees (better known as Super PACs), one key question in...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

Obama Administration’s New Labor Rule May Impact Corporate Political Action Committees

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finalized a new rule that modifies who is “exempt” from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. Corporations with Political Action...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

State and Federal Campaign Finance Reports Due – April 14 and April 15

While most of us are focused on getting our taxes finished, do not forget to file your campaign finance reports too! All Minnesota political committees, political funds, independent expenditure committees and independent...more

Corporate Lobbyist’s Toolkit: Federal Election Commission Announces New Contribution Limits

by King & Spalding on

Federal Election Commission Announces New Contribution Limits - Each year, as mandated by the Federal Election Campaign Act (“the Act”), the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) must adjust both expenditure limitations...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

DC Circuit Upholds FEC’s Limited Disclosure Rule for Corporations and Labor Unions

On January 21, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) rule requiring corporations and labor organizations to disclose on an electioneering...more

State and Federal Campaign Finance Reports Due

All federally registered PACs and Super PACs are required to file a year-end report of receipts and expenditures no later than Sunday, January 31, 2016. The period covered by the reports is January 1 through December 31,...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

Recent Settlements Signal Increased Political Law Enforcement by Government Officials

by K&L Gates LLP on

The U.S. government reached settlements with two federal lobbyist registrants recently in what appears to signal increased enforcement of political activity laws. On August 28, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the...more

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