Politics is more important to business than ever, as government regulators assert themselves and public-sector clients present key growth opportunities. At the same time, mistakes made while lobbying, giving campaign contributions, and interacting with public-sector entities are now more costly. For example, an executive's otherwise lawful political contribution may void existing government contracts or wall-off future business opportunities due to new federal and state "pay-to-play" restrictions. And as the New York Times recently observed: "In the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal, greater political activism by trade groups and demands by candidates and causes for corporate money, boards are now seeing that their corporate image could be tarnished if these contributions or political activities go awry."
Caplin & Drysdale helps clients establish compliance programs that facilitate adherence to the law and maximize organizational effectiveness. Call the firm's Political Law group when:
- Seeking advice on "pay-to-play" restrictions issued by the Securities & Exchange Commission and other state entities;
- Auditing corporate political donations and lobbying activities;
- Conducting internal investigations related to political activities;
- Tracking campaign contributions and gifts to federal, state, and local candidates and officeholders;
- Offering political-law training sessions for executives, staff, and other personnel;
- Filing comments in ongoing rule-making proceedings;
- Developing bylaws, handbooks, and organizational policies; and
- Monitoring and reporting lobbying activities under the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), and comparable state laws.