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June 29, 2016, Covington Alert
The Ferrari carrying former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell appears to have made a U-turn this week on its way to the federal penitentiary. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court set a new standard for federal corruption cases as it vacated Governor McDonnell’s conviction. McDonnell v. United States, 579 U.S. ___ (June 27, 2016). The court held that a public official does not violate federal law simply by taking a benefit in exchange for arranging a meeting with or providing access to public officials and employees, or asking those employees to consider an issue. Instead, the official must take action or make a decision—or agree to do so—on a specific and focused matter that involves a formal exercise of government power, including advising or pressuring others to take an action or make a decision. But, as described below, the consequences of McDonnell should not be exaggerated.
May 18, 2016, The Washington Post
Rob Kelner is quoted in a Washington Post article regarding the impact of changes to campaign fundraising rules in 2014 on donations to this year’s presidential campaigns. According to Kelner, “It is a partial return to the soft-money days, and in my own view, it doesn’t go far enough.” He continues, “The end of soft money dramatically disempowered the political ...
April 4, 2016, The Wall Street Journal
Zack Parks is quoted in this Wall Street Journal article regarding political spending and disclosure. According to Parks, "Companies need to think strategically about these issues.” He adds, “Companies that ignore disclosure initiatives have been the target of shareholder resolutions, bad press and lawsuits. But kitchen-sink disclosure isn't risk free.”
June 1, 2015, U.S. News
Senator Jon Kyl is quoted in this article on Lindsey Graham announcing that he will run for President:
"Adds former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, a friend of Graham's who is also advising and helping raise money for three other GOP candidates: “It’s not to say some of the others don’t have international affairs and national security credentials, but his are the ...