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August 15, 2016, Covington Advisory
Companies are increasingly hiring out of the federal workforce, only to find that their new hires are restricted by “revolving door” rules that prohibit their participation in certain matters—sometimes for a limited time, sometimes permanently. New rules issued recently by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (“OGE”) serve as a reminder that, even before hiring a federal employee, a company may find itself entangled in federal ethics rules that regulate the job negotiation process. These rule changes are particularly timely as we come to the end of the Obama Administration and political appointees find themselves looking for the next step.
August 25, 2016, Covington Advisory
This month, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), an obscure, almost 80-year old, statute has rocketed to national headlines. FARA, a sweeping federal criminal statute, requires certain individuals and companies acting on behalf of foreign principals to register with the Department of Justice and file regular detailed reports of their activities. As we ...
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 27, 2016, The Wall Street Journal
Robert Kelner is quoted by The Wall Street Journal in an article discussing delegates’ use of GoFundMe pages to offset the costs needed to attend national nominating conventions. According to Kelner, “In a normal election, campaigns have more important things to spend their money on than delegate expenses.” He continues, “This year, all the old rules are being ...