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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