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  • 09.05.2017
    CEOs, Politics and the Law: Guidelines for a New Era in Corporate Social Speech
    Updates
    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
    Updates

    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. 

  • 06.03.2017
    Did Trump's Russia Link Break Campaign Finance Laws?
    Articles

    Commentary on Russian intervention in the 2016 elections has included one confidently expressed and perhaps growing view: that there may be a scandal there, but no conceivable crime.

    This article was first published in Just Security on 06.02.2017 "Campaign Finance Law: When 'Collusion' with a Foreign Government Becomes a Crime."

  • 2017
    Political Participation in 2017: Top Legal Concerns for Your Company
    General 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
    Updates
    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
    Updates
    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
    Updates
    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
    Updates
    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.
  • 06.28.2016
    Supreme Court Again Supports ‘Ingratiation and Access’ in Politics
    Articles
    A unanimous Supreme Court held Monday that it is not — certainly not under any and all circumstances — a crime for someone to pay for “access” to government decision-makers. Careful not to say so too explicitly, the court is signaling that political favor-seeking fueled by cash and gifts may well be repellent, but there is only so much the legal system can — or should — do about it.
  • 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
    Updates
    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
    Updates
    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
    Updates
    On April 4, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act.
  • 06.27.2011
    Bob Bauer Returns to Perkins Coie from White House Counsel
    General Publications
    Bob Bauer has rejoined Perkins Coie as partner in the Washington, D.C. office in the firm's Political Law Practice. Bauer rejoins the firm after serving as White House Counsel since November 2009.
  • 05.05.2010
    Overview of State Pay-to-Play Statutes
    General 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
    Articles

    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?
    Articles

    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
    Updates
    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.
  • 11.23.2009
    New Procurement Laws in Illinois
    Updates
    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
    Articles

    Roll Call

  • 05.03.2006
    Client Update: Corporate Political Activity
    Updates
    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."
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Presentations
  • 03.2010
    Speaking Engagements
    Arizona Election Law, State Bar of Arizona CLE
  • 03.13.2010
    Speaking Engagements
    Panelist
    National Democratic Law Students Council 2010 National Convention
  • 03.03.2010
    General Events
    Testified before FEC on Coordinated Communication Rulemaking.
  • 02.04.2010
    General Events
    Presentation at event hosted by The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and the Federalist Society.
  • 12.08.2009
    General Events
    Counsel on Governmental and Ethics Law 
    Presentation and panel discussion
  • 09.24.2009 - 09.25.2009
    Speaking Engagements
    Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel
    Robert Bauer and Rebecca Gordon spoke at this seminar where high-level officials from the Federal Elections Commission, Department of Justice, and Congressional ethics committees, as well as expert private practitioners, explained how to comply with the laws at all government levels regulating political and lobbying activities.
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