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Campaign contribution limits increased following an every other year adjustment to match inflation required by state law. The amount an individual or PAC may give to a campaign for governor rose from $680 to $710 per election. The aggregate amount […]

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On September 6, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a notice of a proposed rulemaking for allowing certain tax-exempt organizations to no longer be required to report the names and addresses of contributors on their annual reports. Previously, the IRS […]

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U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann struck down a ban on out-of-state contributions to ballot question committees recently passed by voters. Kornmann found Initiated Measure 24 unconstitutional because it violates First Amendment rights to engage in political speech. Additionally, Kornmann said […]

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My employer makes corporate contributions in California.  We have not yet exceeded $10,000 in calendar year 2018.  The primary election and special elections are taking place, along with the general election in the fall.  If we decide to make contributions, […]

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The 2018 elections are approaching quickly. Have you reviewed the restrictions on political contributions from your company’s lobbyists? It is important to know what restrictions are placed on lobbyists, such as when, how, or how much a lobbyist may contribute. […]

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Gov. Gary Herbert signed House Bill 320 this week, putting it into effect immediately. The bill expands the existing prohibition on contributions to legislators during a legislative session to also cover contributions to the lieutenant governor, attorney general, state auditor, […]

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September 15, 2017  •  

News You Can Use Digest – September 15, 2017

      National: How Anna Nicole Smith’s Billionaire In Laws Secretly Lobbied the Courts Bloomberg.com – Zachary Mider | Published: 9/13/2017 When the heirs of billionaire J. Howard Marshall II, famous for his May-December romance with Playboy centerfold Anna Nicole Smith, went […]

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Several provisions added last week to the House Financial Services appropriations bill would alter some federal campaign laws. The legislation would prevent some charitable 501(c)(3) organizations such as churches from losing their tax-exempt status for making contributions to candidates. The […]

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September 8, 2017  •  

News You Can Use Digest – September 8, 2017

      National: Software Glitch or Russian Hackers? Election Problems Draw Little Scrutiny New York Times – Nicole Pearlroth, Michael Wines, and Matthew Rosenberg | Published: 9/1/2017 After a presidential campaign scarred by Russian meddling, local, state, and federal agencies have conducted […]

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Denver City Council is attempting to close a loophole allowing campaign spending to go unreported if not coordinated directly with a candidate’s campaign. The measure would adopt the state definitions of independent expenditure and electioneering communication. It would also require […]

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On August 20, new pay-to-play regulations of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) take effect. FINRA Rule 2030 restricts contributions made to an official of a government entity being provided investment advisory services or being engaged to provide investment advisory […]

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August 4, 2017  •  

News You Can Use Digest – August 4, 2017

      National: Need a Job? Bob Brady and the Art of the Political Buyout Philadelphia Inquirer – Andrew Seidman and Jeremy Roebuck | Published: 7/30/2017 Prosecutors’ allegations that U.S. Rep. Robert Brady’s 2012 campaign paid a challenger $90,000 to drop out […]

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Wisconsin State Sen. Chris Larson is introducing eight bills aimed at amending state campaign finance laws. The bills would restore lower contribution limits, amend the definition of political action committee, require transparency in political communications, limit coordinated campaign expenditures, expand […]

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On May 31, legislation was introduced in the Federal Parliament of Canada to increase transparency concerning political fundraising events. House Government Bill C-50 requires a five-day advance notice of fundraisers where the admission price is $200 or more. A regulated […]

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