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Improper Data Sharing With Cambridge Analytica May Affect 87 Million Facebook Users

Facebook reports that the personal data of 87 million Facebook users, mostly located in the United States, “may have been improperly shared” with British data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. ...more

Political Fair Use Argument Fails to Rescue Republicans from Copyright Claim

It’s been a while since we felt compelled to revisit the topic of political fair use, that is, the extent to which the use of copyrighted works in political campaigns qualifies as a fair use pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 107. Back...more

U.S. Citizen Sues Cambridge Analytica in U.K. Courts for Violations Under U.K. Data Protection Act

On March 16, David Carroll, a New York based American professor sued Cambridge Analytica (CA) in the U.K. courts, after the data analytics firm allegedly failed to respond to his request made pursuant to the U.K. Data...more

Facebook and the English Data Firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) Face Intense Scrutiny for Possible Misuse of Facebook User Data

Facebook and the English data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) are facing intense scrutiny in response to numerous reports about the possible misuse of data of 50 million Facebook accounts. The data was originally...more

Facebook-Cambridge Analytica – Brave New World for Privacy and Data Misuse

by Holland & Hart LLP on

The dramatic revelations that Facebook users’ personal data was potentially misused by political advertising firm, Cambridge Analytica, has troubling implications for consumer privacy that will become ever-more complicated...more

Do You Need to Include Local Lobbying on Your Upcoming Federal Lobbying Disclosure?

by Nossaman LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 included a surprise for some federal Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) Registrants: organizations that elect to calculate their lobbying expenses using Method C--the Internal Revenue Code (IRC)...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Legislative Council Considers After-Deadline Bill Requests on School Safety, Gun Control - The Legislative Council met on February 27 to consider after-deadline bill requests, including several on school safety and gun...more

“All We Need Is Just a Little Patience”

by LeClairRyan on

In 1987, I heard Welcome to the Jungle, and its distinctive opening guitar riff, and it was unlike anything I had ever heard before. One year later, GNR released Patience, a quiet song that opened with Axl whistling...more

Changing of the Guard South Africa

Thursday, 15 February, 2018 ushered in a new dawn of possibilities for South Africans, with the swearing in of Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s 5th President since its inaugural post-apartheid democratic election in 1994....more

Trump Campaign Ethic Rules Do Not Violate the National Labor Relations Act

by Clark Hill PLC on

In the political world, campaigns sometimes forget that they are businesses subject to state and federal employment laws. Driving this reality home on Tuesday, the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of General Counsel...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Candidates for Governor Report 2017 Fundraising Totals - Maine's gubernatorial candidates filed their 2017 end-of-year fundraising numbers with the Maine Ethics Commission. Leading the fundraising race is Democrat Adam...more

What went wrong? Campaign telemarketer fined by FTC

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

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

Shape up your PAC for the new year

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

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

U.S. Court of Appeals upholds per-election contribution limits

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

In Holmes v. FEC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously rejected an argument that the Federal Election Campaign Act’s (FECA) base limits on individual contributions to candidates violated...more

Two More Anti-SLAPP Motions Filed in DC Federal Court Cases

by LeClairRyan on

We are one step closer to a decision from the DC Circuit on whether its Abbas ruling remains good law following the DC Court of Appeals’ Mann decision. The plaintiff in the Deripaska v. Associated Press case has appealed the...more

Senate Passes Tax Reform Bill

On November 16, the House of Representatives passed an amended version of H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” by a vote of 227-205 (the “House Bill”). On November 20, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee released the Senate’s...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Sheldon Adelson’s SLAPP Suit Against National Jewish Democratic Council

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Second Circuit has now affirmed dismissal of a defamation lawsuit brought by casino magnate and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson against the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) and two members of its...more

Top Considerations for Companies Engaging in Political Expression

by Perkins Coie on

We all know to avoid the topic of politics with family and friends at the holidays, but in recent months, American companies and the CEOs who lead them have spoken publicly on social and political issues like never before....more

Cordray announces candidacy for Ohio governor

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Ending many months of speculation, former CFPB Director Richard Cordray announced yesterday that he is running for Ohio governor....more

House and Senate Bills Contain Tax Increases for Tax-Exempt Organizations

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

To offset proposed business tax cuts, the Senate and House tax reform bills seek to raise revenue from tax-exempt organizations. The House passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on November 16, and the Senate passed...more

House Passes Tax Bill; Senate Proposal on Track for Vote

On November 2, 2017, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Initial House Bill”). Our previous alert discussed the possible impact of certain provisions...more

Calif.’s “Mass Mailing” Rule Amended by SB 45 - Certain Government-Funded Mailings Prohibited 60 Days Before an Election

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Two changes were made to the California Political Reform Act when Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 45 last month. The first is a technical amendment that codifies the FPPC regulations directly into the Act. More importantly,...more

News Now: Your One Minute Legal Insight (Election Results, School Vouchers, and Judicial Appointments)

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

It’s been another busy few weeks for public law here in Colorado. Here are the highlights... - November 7 elections. Last week voters across the country went to the polls, and Democrats made significant gains....more

Democrats Win Big in 2017 Elections

Democrats saw big gains across the board on election night 2017 and exit polls showed voters intended the results to be a clear rebuke of the Trump administration....more

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

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