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Trump Asks IRS to Keep Hands Off Religious Nonprofits: Will It Have Any Effect?

At the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this year, President Trump vowed: “I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment.” The Johnson Amendment, named after former President Lyndon Johnson, refers to language in the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) that prohibits charities, including religious organizations, from participating in campaigns on behalf of or … Continue Reading

Election-Year Political Activity: A Primer for Financial Services Providers

Please Join Venable LLP for a Complimentary Webinar (CLE Available*) Wednesday, June 8, 2016 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET – Webinar The 2016 election cycle is in full swing, and major changes to the financial services regulatory landscape, including the Dodd-Frank Act and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), could turn on the outcome of … Continue Reading

Watch Our New Compliance Webinar

We recently hosted a webinar on political compliance in the new election cycle. With the first criminal prosecution of a coordination case, changes in state ethics laws, and new disclosure requirements, we provided information you need to engage in political activities while staying compliant. The slides are also available, and the following publications may be … Continue Reading

No Day at the Beach: Florida Overhauls Campaign Finance Law, Empowers Ethics Commission to Crack Down on Vendors and Lobbyists

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed two bills yesterday that make sweeping changes in the state’s campaign finance and ethics laws. The campaign finance bill eliminates controversial accounts that some alleged were used by candidates as political slush funds, expands gift restrictions on state vendors, and gives expanded investigative powers to the state ethics commission. The changes … Continue Reading

Maryland Bill Overhauling Campaign Finance Rules Moves Toward Adoption

Significant campaign finance reform legislation cleared the Maryland House of Delegates Thursday, and is now under consideration by a committee of the Maryland Senate. The Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2013 (HB 1499 and SB 1039) responds to recommendations of the recently convened Maryland Commission to Study Campaign Finance Law. The bill addresses many of … Continue Reading

NY Attorney General Proposes New Rules Requiring Nonprofit Groups to Disclose Political Donors

On December 11, New York’s attorney general revealed new regulations that would, if adopted, require nonprofit groups doing business in New York to disclose the percentage of total spending devoted to political activities in New York. The rules also would require groups that spend more than $10,000 to identify any donor giving $100 or more. Under the proposed … Continue Reading

Court Rules on Donor Disclosure for Advocacy Groups; Van Hollen Case Overturned

Today a D.C. federal appeals court temporarily reinstated a Federal Election Commission rule concerning when advocacy groups and others must disclose their donors, but has directed the FEC to clarify the rule or return to the courts for more litigation. The effect of the ruling is to put in limbo a key disclosure rule less … Continue Reading

Better Late Than Never: FEC Issues Guidance on Reporting Electioneering Communications Donors

With elections quickly approaching, last week the FEC finally issued a statement of how it will implement a federal court ruling striking down the Commission’s current regulation of electioneering communications. In late April, the D.C. District Court decided Van Hollen v. FEC, in which it vacated the FEC’s regulation requiring disclosure of donors to electioneering … Continue Reading