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Election Finances: Recent Reforms in British Columbia, Manitoba and New Brunswick

Election finance rules in British Columbia, Manitoba and New Brunswick have undergone significant reform over the past several months. British Columbia has now imposed monetary limits on political contributions, prohibited...more

Midterm Congressional Election Year Merits Extra Pay-to-Play Vigilance by Investment Advisers

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Midterm congressional elections are expected to see a historic number of candidates competing. The record number of candidates comes as individual races become increasingly expensive and trends portend record spending. All of...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

2018 Political Law Update

As we enter the new year, there are new changes in state and federal lobbying, gift and campaign finance laws. California: In September, Gov. Jerry Brown signed new campaign finance laws that require political committees...more

B.C. Bans Corporate and Union Donations in Provincial and Municipal Election Campaigns

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On November 30, 2017, amendments to the Election Act (EA), and the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA), came into force, which prohibit unions and corporations from contributing to provincial and municipal...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

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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

News from Second & State

Back from this weekend’s Pennsylvania Society festivities, the House of Representatives were back to work on Monday morning, convening for their second to last session week of the year. On Monday, the House Appropriations...more

Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations Brace for Impact as Senate Tax Reform Bill Passes

Update. We described in a previous blog post major changes that tax-exempt hospitals and other tax-exempt organizations in the healthcare industry face in the tax reform proposals working their way through Congress. In the...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Amendments Affecting Tax-Exempt Organizations

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Federal tax reform continues as House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-Texas) offered his second amendment to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts on Nov. 9, modifying recently introduced legislation discussed in...more

Proposed Tax Reform Bill Impacts Philanthropy and Tax-Exempt Organizations

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 “Bill”). At over four hundred pages, the Bill promises substantial changes to the Internal...more

CA State Campaign Ads To Require Greater Disclosure of Funding; Cities & Counties Could Go Deeper

by Nossaman LLP on

The California DISCLOSE Act (Assembly Bill 249), was signed into law on October 7, 2017. It overhauls portions of California’s Political Reform Act (“PRA”) that require disclosure of certain campaign finance activity and...more

Georgia campaign finance commission signals intent to be active in 2018 election

by Dentons on

In recent weeks, the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (Commission) has undertaken a pair of important actions that indicate the agency's desire to play a more expansive regulatory role on...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

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

CEOs, Politics and the Law: Guidelines for a New Era in Corporate Social Speech

by Perkins Coie on

In recent weeks, America’s CEOs have spoken out on social issues like never before, placing the business community firmly within the national debate. Likewise, companies are feeling internal and external pressures to...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Challenge to Amended MSRB Political Contribution Rules

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a challenge brought by three Republican state party organizations related to the legality of the 2016 Amendments to MSRB Rule G-37 barring brokers and dealers from...more

Professor Robert J. Jackson Jr. Nominated To Become A Member Of The Securities And Exchange Commission

by Allen Matkins on

As Broc Romanek noted yesterday, President Donald Trump has nominated Columbia Law School Professor Robert J. Jackson, Jr. to become a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Over the years, Professor Jackson’s...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 24

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Hurricane Harvey Could be the Most Expensive Natural Disaster in US History: Republican House members from Texas and Louisiana are pressing congressional leaders and top Trump administration officials for immediate federal...more

Blog: Deregulation? What Deregulation? Two (Persistent) Campaigns For Enhanced Disclosure Requirements

by Cooley LLP on

Notwithstanding the deregulatory emphasis of the current administration, two campaigns are currently being waged to convince the SEC to adopt new regulations mandating more disclosure—one related to human capital management...more

Could Tax Reform Threaten Higher Education?

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Given declining funding from government sources and the continued pressure to minimize tuition increases, it is critical for higher education institutions to encourage private giving. The primary catalyst for private giving...more

RGA and RSLC Register Main Accounts as Virginia Political Committees

On April 6, 2017, we sent a mailing alerting you to the fact that the Republican Attorneys General Association had registered its main account — the general operating account — as a political committee with the Commonwealth...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

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