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Election and Political Law

A Question of Ethics: Rules May Tighten on Invites From Lobbyists

The Office of Government Ethics recently proposed significant changes to the rules prohibiting gifts to executive branch employees.  If the changes become law, the biggest impact could be felt by organizations that employ lobbyists.  For such organizations, the changes would eliminate the often-utilized “widely attended gathering” exception to the gift ban.  The latest Question of… Continue Reading
Election and Political Law, Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends

A Question of Ethics: John Edwards Case Tests Campaign Finance Law

Anyone involved in federal capaign finance should keep a close eye on the charges currently pending against John Edwards.  The case against Edwards has the potential to stretch the definition of campaign contribution further than ever before — and with criminal liability.  Read more in the latest A Question of Ethics. Click here to continue reading. … Continue Reading
Election and Political Law

A Question of Ethics: Are All Communications With Lawyers Privileged?

There is an important lesson within the sixty-eight pages of the report recently released by the Senate Ethics committee regarding the investigation of former Senator John Ensign. Not all communications with attorneys are protected by the attorney-client privilege.  When Members include staffers in communications with attorneys, they run the risk that the attorney-client privilege will… Continue Reading
Election and Political Law

A Question of Ethics: Employees Can Be Liable in Donation Schemes

A recent internal investigation by the Fiesta Bowl renews concerns about attempts to circumvent the limitations on corporate campaign contributions by reimbursing employees for contributions made in their own names.  Liability for such schemes can extend even to the employees who agree to make such contributions, often under pressure from their employers.  The latest Question of… Continue Reading
Election and Political Law, Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Trends

A Question of Ethics: Members’ Travel Expense Process Poses Risks

Karl Rodney of the Carib News Foundation was recently charged with making false statements to Congress in connection with the sponsorship of several Members’ travel to conferences in the Carribbean. Federal prosecutors allege that he failed to disclose corporate sponors on the sponsor certification form submitted to the House Ethics Committee. The latest Question of… Continue Reading

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