Seminar  Program

Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws


Please note: this program does not offer legal ethics credit.

Federal and state lobbying, campaign finance and ethics rules are changing, making compliance with those laws more challenging than ever. Congressional ethics rules, the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) and pay-to-play laws place additional responsibilities on companies and their executives and directors. To stay current on the latest developments, be sure to attend this acclaimed program led by high-level officials from the Federal Election Commission, the Department of Justice, Congressional ethics committees, and state ethics agencies, as well as corporate compliance officers and expert private practitioners.

Topics Include:

  • Election-related issues
  • Recent cases affecting corporate political activities, including McCutcheon v. FEC, and more
  • The rules for corporate, union, association and non-connected federal and state PACs
  • 527 organizations, Super PACs, and campaigning on the Internet
  • 501(c)4s: IRS proposals on nonprofits
  • FEC and key state ethics agency rulemakings and litigation
  • Federal and state pay-to-play laws
  • Federal and state lobbying rules, including recent changes
  • Federal and state gift rules
  • The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)
  • Elements of an effective corporate compliance program
  • Recent civil and criminal enforcement cases, policies and sentencing guidelines

 Who Should Attend

Attorneys and others representing political contributors, PACs, lobbyists, corporations, trade and membership associations, unions and other political interest groups and activists.

Special Features

  • Networking Luncheon with Featured Speaker Brody Mullins, Reporter for The Wall Street Journal
  • Register and receive complimentary access to a preparatory One-Hour Audio Briefing on the Basics of the Federal Election Campaign Act, which will be presented by co-chairs Jan Witold Baran, Kenneth A. Gross, and Chip Nielsen and will be held on August 2, 2017.

PLI Group Discounts

Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact membership@pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

Cancellations

All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

Day One: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

8:30    Welcome and Overview

  • Program overview
  • Resource materials

Speakers:    Jan Witold Baran, Kenneth A. Gross



PART I: FEDERAL CAMPAIGN LAWS

8:45    FECA and Political Committees 

  • Comprehensive discussion of PACs and PAC fundraising
  • PAC contributions and expenditures – restrictions and prohibitions
  • Separate segregated funds vs. Super PACs vs. Non-connected PACs
  • Trade associations and membership organizations and PACs
  • Solicitation rules
  • Foreign nationals
  • Affiliation rules
  • Partnerships
  • In-house perspective of how the rules work in practice

Speaker:    Jan Witold Baran



10:15     Networking Break

10:30    Political Activities by Corporations

  • What you can do without a PAC
  • Trade associations and membership organizations and their political giving
  • Issue advocacy vs. political expenditures
  • Fundraising at the office
  • Bundling rules
  • Meet and greets vs. political events
  • Citizens United regulations
  • In-house perspective of how the rules work in practice

Speaker:    Kenneth A. Gross



12:00    Q&A with the Federal Election Commission

  • Hot topics
  • Recent changes
  • Best practices

Speakers:    Jan Witold Baran (Moderator), Hon. Caroline C. Hunter, Vice Chair, Federal Election Commission



12:30    Featured Speaker Luncheon

Brody Mullins, Reporter for The Wall Street Journal


2:00    Foreign Nationals; Independent Expenditure Financing

  • Prohibitions on foreign nationals and foreign companies
  • 501(c)4s and Super PACs

Speakers:    Caleb P. Burns, Rebecca H. Gordon, Ki P. Hong



PART II: FEDERAL LOBBYING AND ETHICS LAWS

2:45    Federal Lobbying Disclosure Laws 

  • Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (HLOGA)
  • Registration and reporting forms under the Lobbying Disclosure Act
  • Foreign Agents Registration Act

Speakers:    Jay Bratt, Kenneth A. Gross, Dana K. McCallum



3:45    Networking Break

4:00    Federal Ethics Rules 

  • Gift rules and latest developments
  • Political and congressional travel rules
  • Executive Branch gift rules and Obama Executive Order
  • House and Senate gift rules
  • Post-government employment restrictions
  • STOCK Act and insider trading rules
(No legal ethics credit for this panel)
(CFE Field of Study: Fraud)

Speakers:    Jan Witold Baran, Deborah S. Mayer



5:00    Adjourn

Day Two: 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

PART III: CORPORATE COMPLIANCE

8:30    Corporate Compliance and Ethics Programs Panel    

  • Elements of a corporate compliance program
  • Working with government/political affairs personnel
  • Monitoring legal developments
  • Use of outside counsel and vendors
  • Best practices on compliance
(No legal ethics credit for this panel)

Speakers:    Jason D. Kaune (Moderator), Wesley D. Bizzell, Jennifer B. McIntyre, Lisa Tanzi



10:00    Networking Break

PART IV: STATE AND FEDERAL ENFORCEMENT OF ELECTION AND ETHICS LAWS

10:15    Criminal and Civil Enforcement of Election and Ethics Laws

  • Cases most likely to be prosecuted as criminal
  • Drawing the line between civil and criminal
  • Scienter requirements
  • U.S. sentencing guidelines
  • HLOGA enforcement
(No legal ethics credit for this panel)
(CFE Field of Study: Fraud)

Speakers:    Jan Witold Baran, Richard C. Pilger, Hon. Jodi Remke, Lisa J. Stevenson 



PART V: PAY-TO-PLAY 

11:00    Federal and State Pay-to-Play Laws and Government Contracts 

  • Political contributions by financial services firms
  • Expanding coverage to personal and family member contributions
  • Enforcement: penalties and business bans
  • State, local and pension pay-to-play laws
  • Political contributions by state contractors
  • Expanding coverage to personal and family member contributions
  • Enforcement: penalties and business bans

Speakers:    Ki P. Hong, Jason D. Kaune, Edmond L. Papantonio



12:15    Lunch (on your own)

PART VI: STATE CAMPAIGN, LOBBYING AND ETHICS LAWS

1:30    State Lobbying, Ethics and Gift Laws 

  • Lobby registration and disclosure
  • Procurement and grassroots lobbying
  • State and local gift and gratuities
  • Other government ethics and conflict of interest laws
(No legal ethics credit for this panel)

Speakers:    Jason D. Kaune, Hon. Jodi Remke



2:30    Networking Break

2:45    State Campaign Finance Laws 

  • Role of state and local laws relating to campaign finance
  • Using state and federal PACs nationally
  • View from state regulators
  • Fifty state approach to compliance

Speakers:    Jason D. Kaune, Hon. Jodi Remke



3:45    Adjourn

Co-Chair(s)
Kenneth A. Gross ~ Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Jan Witold Baran ~ Wiley Rein LLP
Speaker(s)
Wesley D. Bizzell ~ Assistant General Counsel, External Affairs, Director of Political Law and Ethics Programs, Altria Client Services LLC
Jay Bratt ~ Principal Deputy Chief, Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, The National Security Division , U.S. Department of Justice
Caleb P. Burns ~ Wiley Rein LLP
Rebecca H. Gordon ~ Perkins Coie LLP
Ki P. Hong ~ Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Hon. Caroline C. Hunter ~ Vice Chair, Federal Election Commission
Jason D. Kaune ~ Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP
Deborah S. Mayer ~ Chief Counsel & Staff Director, Select Committee on Ethics, U.S.Senate
Dana K. McCallum ~ Superintendent of Public Records, U.S. Senate
Jennifer B. McIntyre ~ Chief Counsel, Government Operations, The Boeing Company
Brody Mullins ~ Reporter, Wall Street Journal
Edmond L. Papantonio ~ Vice President & Corporate Counsel, Enterprise Regulatory Law Group, The Prudential Insurance Company of America
Richard C. Pilger ~ Director, Elections Crimes Branch, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Hon. Jodi Remke ~ Chair, California Fair Political Practices Commission
Lisa J. Stevenson ~ Acting General Counsel, Federal Election Commission
Lisa M. Tanzi ~ Vice President, Assistant General Counsel & Co-Chief Compliance Officer, Outfront Media Inc.
Program Attorney(s)
Seema Lal Meehan ~ Director, Special Projects and Senior Program Attorney , Practising Law Institute
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