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After a series of high profile scandals involving lobbyists, gifts to government officials and campaign finance violations, many corporations have expanded the focus of their compliance programs to include government relations risk. When problems are detected, Covington frequently is engaged to conduct internal investigations aimed at understanding what happened, why it happened, and what step the company needs to take to remediate any political law violations.
Increasingly, corporations proactively engage our Election & Political Law group to conduct audits or reviews of their Washington offices and their overall government affairs compliance.
The typical politically active corporation faces a variety of potential compliance risks in the political law area. Examples include:
We understand that investigations of this kind are necessarily extraordinarily sensitive in nature. Our lawyers are able to marshal not only the investigative skills and professional discretion necessary to learn the facts but also the specialized knowledge of the election and lobbying laws needed to spot and understand the issues.
Conducted an audit of Lobbying Disclosure Act compliance practices for a Wall Street financial institution.
Conducted an internal investigation for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) concerning a massive embezzlement scheme by its treasurer. We also represented the NRCC successfully in subsequent FEC and DOJ investigations.
Conducted an investigation of past campaign finance activities to identify potential compliance concerns.
November 17, 2016, Inside Political Law
With Election Day 2016 in the books, the political world turns to the transition of power and the January 20, 2017 Inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. With the swearing in of the new President and Vice President will come the traditional balls, parties, and receptions. The inauguration and related events … Continue ...
November 16, 2016, Inside Political Law
Over the next nine weeks, the Trump Presidential Transition team will formulate policy and staffing recommendations for the new administration. This alert gives a broad overview of the Transition and the laws that regulate interactions with Transition team members on issues related to appointments and policy recommendations. Persons interested in this topic may ...
August 11, 2016, Inside Political Law
Earlier this afternoon, the House Clerk’s Office sent out emails to a number of registered federal lobbyists and lobbyist organizations alerting them to a missing 2016 Mid-Year LD-203 contribution report (due on August 1, 2016). It appears that this email was sent in error to a batch of registrants who properly filed their reports on … Continue Reading
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March 28, 2016, Inside Political Law
On Friday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its ninth annual report on compliance with the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), covering from mid-2014 through mid-2015. As in the past, the report is based on random audits of lobbyists’ filings and analysis of enforcement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. We … ...
February 1, 2016, Inside Political Law
California is already home to some of the most complicated and searching political regulations in the country, especially in its efforts to expose “dark money” and other undisclosed political spending. A newly-amended lobbying regulation and proposed campaign finance law will enhance that reputation. The practical effect of each is to invite deeper scrutiny of ...
April 17, 2015, Inside Political Law
According to a key advocate, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) is preparing to renew his push for legislation aimed at expanding disclosure of political intelligence gathering. Speaking with BNA, Craig Holman of Public Citizen said yesterday (subscription required) that bipartisan legislation will soon be introduced in both the House ...
January 16, 2015, Inside Political Law
The New Year brings with it new laws governing campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics. Below we highlight some of the major state and federal laws that took effect on or around January 1. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but highlights some of the most significant changes that are new for 2015. … Continue Reading
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November 7, 2014, Inside Political Law
Amid the thrill of victory and agony of defeat this Election Day, Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment that will have a major impact on those involved in the political and legislative process there. While enacting legislation and regulations may bring some additional clarity to the issues, the amendment is effective immediately and brings the … ...
August 18, 2014, LXBN TV
Covington's Zack Parks was interviewed by The Lexblog Network regarding the Obama Administration loosening its ban on having lobbyists sit on federal committees, boards and commissions.
August 13, 2014, Inside Political Law
In a significant reversal by the Obama administration, lobbyists will now be permitted to serve on federal advisory committees, boards, and commissions after more than four years of sitting on the advisory committee sidelines. In guidance published in the Federal Register today, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) quietly revised, in large part, the … ...
July 25, 2014, Inside Political Law
For several years, we have been warning clients and others that it was only a matter of time before we would see criminal referrals against lobbyists who fail to register under the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act (“LDA”). Until now, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has focused exclusively — and rarely — on … Continue Reading
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July 25, 2014, The Hill
Rob Kelner is mentioned regarding his blog post on the Congressional Ethics Office referring alleged unregistered lobbyist to the DOJ.