• 08.08.2018
    Court Opens Door to Expanded Disclosure for Nonprofits Making Independent Expenditures in Federal Campaigns

    The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia holds that organizations that make independent expenditures must disclose to the FEC more information about their donors than required by the FEC’s current regulation.

  • 07.19.2018
    IRS Eliminates Donor Disclosure for 501(c)(4)s and 501(c)(6)s
    On July 16, 2018, the U.S. Treasury Department released Revenue Procedure 2018-38, which no longer requires certain tax-exempt organizations formed under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code to report donor names and addresses on their annual Form 990 information returns.
  • 06.18.2018
    Taking Stock of Newly Released FARA Advisory Opinions

    In this update, we detail some of the opinions and share the conclusion that overall, the opinions confirm that DOJ’s application of FARA tends to be extremely fact-specific, particularly where the foreign principal is directed, controlled or funded by a foreign government or political party.

  • 03.23.2018
    FEC Releases NPRM for Disclaimers on Internet Communications
    The Federal Election Commission took a step last week toward clarifying the “paid for by” and other disclaimer requirements that apply to political advertisements that appear on digital media.
  • 11.06.2017
    Proposed Legislation Boosts Enforcement of Foreign Agents Registration Act
    U.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley introduced the “Disclosing Foreign Influence Act” last week, a Senate bill which would amend the Foreign Agents Registration Act, to remove an exemption from registration and boost enforcement by the DOJ.
  • 09.05.2017
    CEOs, Politics and the Law: Guidelines for a New Era in Corporate Social Speech
    In recent weeks, America’s CEOs have spoken out on social issues like never before, placing the business community firmly within the national debate.
  • 07.12.2017
    U.S. House Considering Change to Enforcement of Trade Association PAC Rules

    A bill currently being considered by the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations could significantly alter the way trade associations may solicit contributions for their political action committees (PACs) in fiscal year 2018. 

  • 2017
    Political Participation in 2017: Top Legal Concerns for Your Company
    Attorney Publications
    Change has come to Washington, D.C. and state legislatures around the country. The fast pace of political changes ushered in during early 2017 can create both challenges and opportunities when it comes to complying with the rules governing corporate participation in the political process. Review our list of key areas to focus on when reviewing company practices and ways to navigate the most common issues that can arise.
  • 03.2017
    New Ethics and Campaign Contribution Rules Enacted in San Francisco
    San Francisco voters enacted Proposition T by an overwhelming majority in the November 2016 election; the measure was placed on the ballot by a unanimous vote of the San Francisco Ethics Commission.
  • 03.10.2017
    Department of Justice Posts Foreign Agent Informational Materials Online
    The Foreign Agents Registration Unit of the U.S. Department of Justice has updated its website to make available to the public searchable and downloadable informational materials filed by foreign agents. Informational materials are documents or other communications distributed on behalf of a foreign principal to two or more people.
  • 01.30.2017
    Executive Order Adds Ethics Commitments for Executive Branch Appointees
    On January 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order setting new ethics commitments for incoming executive branch appointees.
  • 07.13.2016
    New IRS Notification Requirement for Certain 501(c)(4)s
    The IRS published temporary proposed regulations on July 12, 2016 that will impact all 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations formed after July 8, 2016.
  • 05.2016
    The Lobbying Manual: A Complete Guide to Federal Lobbying Law and Practice
    Attorney Publications
    This updated fifth edition provides detailed guidance for compliance with the suite of laws that impact federal government relations professionals. It provides practical examples of how to be compliant, and covers all of the major federal statutes and regulations that govern the practice of federal government relations work.
  • 04.29.2013
    While Hamstrung by DOMA, Federal Election Commission Still Opens Door to Joint Political Contributions From Same-Sex Couples
    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) this week became the latest government agency to grapple with the impact of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on the federal rights of legally married same-sex couples.  At issue was whether same-sex spouses, like other married couples, may make joint political contributions.
  • 12.18.2012
    Political Giving, Like Charitable Giving, Raises Special Year-End Issues
    Just as the end of the year can be a good time to make charitable donations, it can also be a good time to make political contributions for those who give frequently in federal elections.  The federal campaign finance laws cap the total amount that an individual may give to all federal candidates and committees combined during a two-year period.
  • 04.04.2012
    President Obama Signs STOCK Act Into Law
    On April 4, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act.
  • 05.05.2010
    Overview of State Pay-to-Play Statutes
    Attorney Publications

    Perkins Coie White Paper

    In response to public pressure for the regulation of political contributions by government contractors—commonly referred to as “pay-to-play”—many jurisdictions have enacted laws, promulgated regulations, or issued executive orders to maintain contracting process integrity and prevent a de facto regime where political contributions are believed to be a necessity in order to obtain government contracts. This summary provides quick overviews of some of the statutes that the various states have enacted that impose restrictions or special reporting requirements on political contributions by government contractors. Each summary discusses the scope of the pay-to-play laws, including which contracts and contractors are covered, and the potential sanctions for violations.
  • 04.29.2010
    The Perils of Citizens United

    Executive Counsel Magazine

    The Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United decision allows corporations to play a far more influential role in federal elections. Yet by unleashing a strong public backlash against corporate election spending and spurring Congress and states to consider new disclosure regimes, the decision will change the legal and political environment in which corporations operate. This timely article, by Karl Sandstrom and Jonathan Berkon, describes the challenges that corporations may face in the aftermath of Citizens United and suggests several steps that corporations can take to avoid likely pitfalls.
  • 03.10.2010
    'Citizens United' Will Affect Corporate Spending—But How?

    Corporate Counsel Weekly

    Partners Judith Corley and Brian Svoboda published an article in Corporate Counsel Weekly on how the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United will impact corporate spending in advertising for federal elections. "For the first time in more than a century, corporations—whether for profits, non-profits, trade associations, or membership organizations—may now pay for advertisements that tell the audience to vote for or against a federal candidate," they wrote in the article "'Citizens United' Will Affect Corporate Spending—But How?"
  • 03.2010
    Attorney Publications

    Election Law Seminar

  • 01.28.2010
    Supreme Court Makes Landmark Decision on Political Advertising Funding
    The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Citizens United v. FEC, a case examining the legality of a documentary film released in 2008 about Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president. In a 5-4 ruling, the court struck down laws banning independent electoral and issue advocacy sponsored by nonprofit and for-profit corporations.
  • 12.15.2009
    Illinois General Assembly Passes Comprehensive Regulations for Campaign Finance
    On December 9, 2009, marking the one-year anniversary of former Gov. Blagojevich’s arrest, Gov. Quinn signed legislation enacting the state’s first comprehensive campaign finance regulations.
  • 11.23.2009
    New Procurement Laws in Illinois
    Last summer, the General Assembly passed SB 51 to amend the Procurement Code. Governor Quinn vetoed the legislation and proposed specific amendments, which the General Assembly overrode. Accordingly, the law became effective on November 3, 2009 as Public Act 96-0795. The General Assembly returned to ethics reform legislation in October to pass another bill further regulating procurement-based disclosure requirements and contribution bans.
  • 09.14.2009

    Roll Call

  • 05.03.2006
    Client Update: Corporate Political Activity
    For some time, the federal campaign finance law has restricted the ways that corporations can encourage or direct political action, by executives and lobbyists, intended to promote company legislative objectives or enhance its goodwill. Of particular concern to the Federal Election Commission has been what is known as "corporate facilitation."