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Since the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act (“LDA”) took effect on January 1, 1996, Covington has been a leading advisor to lobbyists and their clients on compliance with the LDA. More recently, we have established ourselves as among the leading experts on the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (“HLOGA”), which amended and strengthened the LDA. While there was no enforcement of the LDA during the first decade of its existence, the U.S. Department of Justice has begun to conduct LDA enforcement actions and is this trend is expected to increase. We also advise clients on the confusing array of state lobbying laws.
Our Election and Political Law Practice Group routinely provides advice concerning the requirements of the LDA and HLOGA, and the systems and procedures required to ensure compliance. We conduct compliance training, review existing procedures, and advise on optimal internal controls. The relative lack of published authority and guidance interpreting the LDA and HLOGA often leads to confusion concerning required methods of tracking and disclosing lobbying activity, and we are well-equipped to help clients navigate those uncertainties.
Conducted an audit of Lobbying Disclosure Act compliance practices for a Wall Street financial institution.
Serve as outside political law compliance counsel to a major trade association, advising on a range of matters, including the Lobbying Disclosure Act and federal election laws.
Advising a multinational heavy equipment manufacturer on a range of federal and state campaign finance, lobbying disclosure, and government ethics matters.
Provided advice to a financial firm on registering under the LDA and assisting the firm with ongoing reporting obligations.
We advise various major hedge funds on all of their campaign finance and lobbying compliance issues, including state lobbying registration laws that apply to hedge fund marketing activities.
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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July 21, 2016, Law360
John Veroneau is quoted in a Law360 article regarding reported BigLaw LDA filing numbers at the midyear point. According to Veroneau, Covington’s LDA filings “exceed our levels from a year ago, which is especially good in light of reports that overall federal lobbying expenditures are down this year.” He continues, “We are also very pleased with some very good ...
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 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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