In addition, we’ve intensive knowledge of state laws that regulate political activity of contractors or require them to register as lobbyists. We regularly advise on compliance with placement agent bans in addition to contingency fee bans. Skadden offers a variety of political law advice, with specific emphasis on campaign finance, pay-to-play, ethics, lobbying and conflicts of curiosity in reference to federal, state and local legal guidelines.
Avoiding State and Local Lobbying Compliance Violations
Caplin & Drysdale’s Political Law Group has an established follow representing individuals, lobbyists, consulting companies, advocacy groups, public affairs firms, political consultancies, and think tanks in addressing their FARA compliance obligations. In current years, the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”), the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, House Committee on Ethics, Office of Congressional Ethics (“OCE”), and state regulators have introduced a substantial number of felony and civil political-regulation circumstances and investigations in opposition to government officers, companies, nonprofit advocacy groups, and their officers.
Our Political Law attorneys have decades of real-world experience that they’ll share with you thru two central matters of political law — campaign finance/election regulation and lobbying/ethics regulation and regulation. If you’re a nonprofit group, we can advise your group on potential tax and other authorized necessities and implications for political and lobbying actions. With a deep understanding of federal, state and native election and political intricacies, we offer counsel to candidates, campaigns, and committees, in all elements of elections activity, from the preliminary steps of making committees and complying with campaign finance laws to defending election challenges.
Joe is a trial legal professional training primarily within the areas of merchandise liability, class action defense, wage and hour litigation, employee benefits litigation, regulatory compliance, and sophisticated industrial litigation. In this capability, he routinely helps purchasers take care of class actions suits across all subject issues and handles all elements of advanced employment litigation including wage and hour suits arising under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and relevant state laws, plus advantages litigation. Corporate governance issues are an ongoing concern, and we are additionally capable of carry out “political audits” for firms and associations to assure administrators and shareholders of their compliance with relevant statutes and regulations, significantly regarding contribution limits and the lobbying of public office-holders.
Our political regulation attorneys have in depth knowledge of the state and federal pay-to-play, ethics and lobbying legal guidelines that specifically relate to contracting with a governmental entity. Our attorneys have a broad range of expertise advising main banks, funding banking firms, manufacturers, insurance coverage firms and vitality firms, amongst others, on these rules. Such guidelines embody Rules G-37/G-38 and Rule 206(4)-5, which are administered by the SEC/FINRA and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. We additionally advise on Rule 23.451, which is administered by the CFTC. We advise purchasers on the SEC’s municipal advisor rule and its registration necessities in addition to the MSRB’s guidelines for municipal advisors.
We regularly represent shoppers before the Federal Election Commission on points related to rulemaking, advisory opinions and enforcement processes, and we seek essentially the most constructive attainable approaches to address our clients’ challenges and issues. Political legal guidelines are utilized primarily to authorities officers, candidates, advocacy groups, lobbyists, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and trade unions.