One of the ways that President Obama tried to restrict the influence of lobbyists in Washington was to ban all registered lobbyists from serving on federal advisory committees. A group of lobbyists who wanted to serve on some Industry Trade Advisory Committees (“ITAC”), a specific type of federal advisory committee, sued the administration. They
What Did You Intend by Paying for Dinner?
By Ronald M. Jacobs on
Posted in Campaign Finance, Contributions, Gift laws, Lobbying
The D.C. Circuit issued its decision in United States v. Ring today, a case stemming from the Abramoff scandals. Kevin Ring, one of Jack Abramoff’s top lobbyists, was convicted of three counts of honest services fraud, one count of paying an illegal gratuity, and one conspiracy count.
Honest Services Fraud: What Was in…