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Q. When I talk to state officials, I’m always with my registered contract lobbyists. That means I’m exempt from registering, correct? A. The kind of exemption you are referring to is commonly called an umbrella exception. In most instances, being […]

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Q. My employer is a wholly owned subsidiary of a parent corporation.  Does a parent corporation, a subsidiary, or other affiliated entity have its own contribution limit or must the contributions be aggregated and have a shared limit? A. This […]

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Q. For a number of years, our association has hired outside lobbying firms to lobby on our behalf. I was under the impression that because they registered and reported their lobbying activities for us, we didn’t need to register. Based […]

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Q. I want to contribute to an acquaintance in Maryland.  I know there are pay-to-play restrictions.  What are my personal limitations? A. Is your company “doing public business” with the state of Maryland?  “Doing public business” means having a single […]

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Q. What are the key components for a successful government affairs compliance program? A. We collaborate closely with our clients to create comprehensive and effective compliance programs. During this process, our clients often request guidance on best internal practices and […]

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Q. Are there any rules that pertain to making contributions in the weeks leading up to an election? A. With local elections in 2015 and the upcoming 2016 elections, it is wise to know what the rules are when making […]

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Q. We recently hired a lobbyist that is coming to our company directly from spending a number of years as a Senate staffer.  What restrictions should we be aware of as her new employer in terms of who she can […]

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Q. I would like to contribute to political candidates in my state, but my company is a state vendor. Are there laws prohibiting me from making personal contributions? A. Whether an employee of a state vendor may contribute to political […]

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Q. I will be attending several upcoming conferences where legislators and other public officials will be present.   I’m not a registered lobbyist at the state level—do I still need to worry about gift limits? A. Even if you are not […]

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Q. I recently became a registered lobbyist in my company’s home state.  I am also very active politically.  Are there any restrictions on my political contributions now that I am a registered lobbyist? A. An individual’s status as a registered […]

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Q. The Canadian branch of our company would like to set up some meetings with the federal government.  Does Canada have lobbying laws too? A. Canada does have lobbying laws at the federal, provincial, and even municipal levels of government. […]

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Q. Our organization is under the impression that we don’t have to register as lobbyists at the federal level if we keep our lobbying activity isolated to our internal employees.  I don’t think this is accurate.  Can you let me […]

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Q. Many of the state legislatures I lobby are currently in session. Does this affect when my lobbying reports are due? A. While some states have reporting schedules that do not vary from year to year, others tie their lobbyist […]

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Q. With the start of the New Year, are there any changes I should be aware of in political contribution limits?  A. Aside from changes as a result of new legislation, the most common adjustment of contribution limits is indexing […]

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