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The D’Souza Pardon, Briefly Explained

President Donald J. Trump tweeted that he “[w]ill be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!” Why did the U.S. Department of Justice in 2014 prosecute D’Souza, a prominent political conservative who pleaded guilty to charges that he reimbursed friends for $20,000 in contributions they made … Continue Reading

Study of Corporate Charitable Giving Shows How Disclosure Rules Can Affect Companies

In March, a group of economists issued a study examining patterns of charitable giving by corporate foundations. Through data and analysis, the group found a connection between corporate charitable giving and lobbying efforts. One particular finding was that corporate foundations favored supporting charities directly linked to politicians. As the New York Times points out in … Continue Reading

DC Circuit Spurns GOP Challenge to SEC Pay-to-Play Rule

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today left standing the Securities and Exchange Commission’s “pay-to-play” rule, which bars investment advisers from providing paid services to state and local governments when making certain political contributions to state and local officials. The court rejected as time-barred a challenge to the rule … Continue Reading

FEC Publishes New Contribution Limits for the 2016 Election Cycle

Today the Federal Election Commission published in the Federal Register the contribution limits that will apply during the 2016 election cycle. The chart below summarizes the new limits, some of which were adjusted for inflation under the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002: TO/FROM: Presidential Candidate Senate Candidate House Candidate National Party Committee State Party Committee … Continue Reading

FEC Bitcoin Request Shows That Campaign Finance Laws Don’t Work in a Vacuum

The Federal Election Commission has authority only to interpret, enforce and administer the federal campaign finance laws.  When it receives a request for an advisory opinion, it decides only how these laws apply to the proposed transaction.  One of the most familiar pieces of boilerplate at the end of an FEC advisory opinion is the … Continue Reading

Scheduling National Conventions

In a speech over the weekend, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called on his party to hold future national conventions in early summer (as early as June), as opposed to August or September, as has been customary in recent cycles.  Priebus’ remarks echo recommendations included in a report issued by the RNC in the … Continue Reading
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