Corporate Political Activities Deskbook provides a thorough grounding in the current state of the law on federal and state campaign finance, pay-to-play, lobbying, and gift compliance. A practical manual for in-house attorneys who advise corporations about involvement in the political process, the Deskbook draws on the extensive practice and regulatory experience of Skadden Arps authors Ken Gross, Ki Hong, Lawrence Noble and Patricia Zweibel.
After describing the impact of the seminal U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United that began the expansion of permitted corporate speech in the political realm and the 2014 decision in McCutcheon v. FEC that expanded the exemption further, the Corporate Political Activities Deskbook walks the reader through the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) requirements. The Deskbook appendices include a survey of the corporate, PAC and individual contribution limits in each of the 50 states.
Other chapters of the Corporate Political Activities Deskbook address federal lobbying and gift rules, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and practice and appearances before the FEC. The Deskbook includes an overview of state lobbying, gift, placement agent rules and pay-to-play rules as well as the federal pay-to-play rules (MSRB Rule G-37, SEC Rule 206(4)-5 and FINRA's proposed pay-to-play rule).
The Deskbook appendices include helpful model documents, such as sample PAC bylaws, a PAC contribution card, a resolution for establishing a PAC, as well as a summary chart of the fifty state lobbying laws. Rather than utilizing the extensive analytical approach of a treatise, the Corporate Political Activities Deskbook emphasizes the rules and provides practical examples of best practices and “dos and don’ts.” In many cases, the suggestions go beyond the black letter requirements to incorporate advice about practices that will help the reader utilize the available avenues of interacting with the government while avoiding negative press, and public as well as legal regulatory attention.
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