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Covington provides a full range of campaign finance law advice to corporations, trade association, partnerships and LLCs. We routinely assist business organizations with the establishment and operation of political action committees (PACs), as well as direct corporate giving where state or local law permits.
Recent court decisions and the pressure to be involved in a political process that can define business outcomes has led many business organizations to consider a broader range of political activity.
Lawyers in Covington’s Election and Political Law Practice Group have decades of experience advising corporate and trade association PACs. Our clients are frequently significant organizations in the manufacturing, retail, communications, financial services and oil and gas industries. In addition to compliance advice and counsel, we have handled some of the most significant FEC enforcement matters involving corporations.
Because the rules governing PACs are relatively clear and well-developed, PACs often offer a way to reduce the compliance risks associated with corporate involvement in political fundraising. Our clients often look to our Election and Political Law Practice Group to provide ongoing compliance advice concerning their PACs day-to-day operations. We provide a highly responsive point-of-contact for PAC managers and administrators to answer questions concerning the solicitation and handling of contributions, fundraising strategies, and reporting.
Our depth of practical experience often lead clients to ask us to conduct periodic training or compliance audits to ensure adequate controls and safeguards are in place in this arcane regulatory regime.
Increasingly, business organizations turn to us for advice on how best to take advantage of the rapidly evolving legal environment. Business organizations can now consider a broader range of political activity, including enhanced fundraising, employee communications, grassroots activism and contributing to non-traditional political entities. Covington brings a tremendous depth in understanding the legal and business risks associated with both traditional an newer forms of participation in campaign fundraising.
We serve as counsel to the political action committees of a major oil and gas company.
We provide a broad range of political advice to a major consumer-facing retailer active in federal, state and local elections.
We conducted a PAC compliance audit and staff training for a global aerospace and defense company.
For several large corporations, we developed and conducted federal PAC compliance and training programs, and have provided government ethics training to senior executives and company lobbyists.