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Kenneth A. Gross

Kenneth A. Gross

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Kenneth A. Gross leads Skadden’s Political Law practice and advises clients on matters relating to the regulation of political activity. A nationally renowned authority on campaign law compliance, gift and gratuity rules, lobby registration provisions, and securities laws regulating political activity and municipal securities transactions, he counsels numerous Fortune 500 corporations and political candidates at the state and federal level. As former associate general counsel of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Mr. Gross headed the general counsel’s Enforcement Division and supervised the legal staff charged with the review of the FEC’s Audit Division.

His clients include commercial and investment banks, insurance companies, energy companies, pharmaceuticals, accounting firms, real estate firms, media companies and trade associations. He advises elected officials as well as candidates facing various federal and state races. Mr. Gross also counsels senior-level political appointees facing Senate confirmation in matters related to compliance with government ethics laws.

Mr. Gross is well-known for his experience regarding the Lobbying Disclosure Act, the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, and the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate ethics rules. He also has worked extensively with federal and state lobby registration laws, in particular compliance with the Federal Regulation of Lobbying Act and the Foreign Agents Registration Act. He also advises many corporations on their responses to shareholder proposals regarding disclosure of political and lobbying expenditures.

Beginning with the underwriting scandals on political contributions in the late 1980s and 1990s that led to MSRB Rules G-37/G-38 regulating the activities of broker-dealers, Mr. Gross has been at the forefront in advising on compliance with pay-to-play rules. Such rules have broadened over the years to restrict activity by investment advisers (SEC Rule 206(4)-5) as well as swap dealers (CFTC Rule 23.451).

Mr. Gross is widely known as a speaker on ethics in government and election law. A featured guest on CNN, Fox News, NPR Radio and other media outlets, he was CNN’s on-air election law analyst during the 2000 Florida election dispute. He co-chairs the Practising Law Institute’s annual seminar on “Corporate Political Activities.”

As an active participant in various nonprofit organizations, Mr. Gross serves on the board of trustees of the Campaign Finance Institute and is a member of the executive committee and counsel to the American Council of Young Political Leaders. He also is a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Lawyers Committee and a board member of the Public Affairs Council.

Kenneth A. Gross is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Corporate Political Activities 2016: Complying With Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws
Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Preface - Corporate Political Activities 2016: Complying With Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Monday, September 12, 2016
Political Activity by Banks (June 15, 2016) - Corporate Political Activities 2016: Complying With Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Monday, September 12, 2016
Political Activity by Trade Associations (June 15, 2016) - Corporate Political Activities 2016: Complying With Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Monday, September 12, 2016
Political Activity by Foreign Nationals (June 15, 2016) - Corporate Political Activities 2016: Complying With Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Monday, September 12, 2016
Federal Political Activity (June 15, 2016) - Corporate Political Activities 2016: Complying With Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Monday, September 12, 2016
Political Activity by Federal Contractors (June 15, 2016) - Corporate Political Activities 2016: Complying With Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Monday, September 12, 2016
Pay-to-Play Laws (June 15, 2016) - Corporate Political Activities 2016: Complying With Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Monday, September 12, 2016
Pay-to-Play Laws (June 6, 2017) - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
Political Activity by Federal Contractors (June 6, 2017) - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
Federal Political Activity (June 6, 2017) - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
Preface - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
Political Activity by Foreign Nationals (June 6, 2017) - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
Political Activity by Trade Associations (June 6, 2017) - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
Political Activity by Banks (June 6, 2017) - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
Treatise  Treatise Corporate Political Activities Deskbook - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook (Looseleaf)
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters McCutcheon v. FEC - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Preface - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Pay-to-Play Rules; and Appendices 5A-5B - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Index - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Table of Contents - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
The Federal Election Commission: Processes and Enforcement; and Appendix 8A - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Introduction and Acknowledgments - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Federal Lobbying and Gift Laws; and Appendices 6A-6B - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
State Laws, Rules, and Policies Impacting Corporate Government Relations; and Appendices 4A-4B - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Executive Fundraising; and Appendices 3A-3D - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Political Action Committees; and Appendices 2A-2F - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Campaign Finance Under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA); and Appendices 1A-1C - Corporate Political Activities Deskbook, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Basics of the Federal Election Campaign Act 2017, Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Audio Only On-Demand Web  Audio Only On-Demand Web Basics of the Federal Election Campaign Act 2017 - Basics of the Federal Election Campaign Act 2017, Friday, August 04, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Basics of the Federal Election Campaign Act 2017 - Basics of the Federal Election Campaign Act 2017, Friday, August 04, 2017
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, September 06, 2018, Washington, DC
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