Complying with state and federal lobbying and PAC regulations is foundational to a trusted and successful public affairs program. Ken Gross, one of the country’s most distinguished political law experts, will provide a full-day deep dive of the top legal and compliance issues affecting lobbyists, PAC professionals and grassroots practitioners.
Featured Topic & Speakers
Featured topics will include:
- Campaign finance laws affecting your organization’s involvement at the federal and state levels, including PAC solicitation rules, corporate contribution limitations and reporting considerations
- Pay-to-play restrictions and how to set up pre-clearance and training programs to keep your employees in compliance
- Lobbying registration and reporting rules at the federal and state level
- How to engage with candidates, legislators and executive staff legally (including bringing them to your facilities to support your PAC and grassroots programs) and related gift restrictions
Partner, Political Law
As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 4 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.
8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
9 a.m. Managing Compliant Campaign Finance Programs
It’s critical for organizations with a PAC to understand all of the strict fundraising, solicitation and reporting requirements. Election law expert Ken Gross will provide an overview of federal campaign finance rules impacting PAC activities, including:
- Rules for establishing and operating a PAC, filing requirements, contribution limits and considerations such as coercion and prior approval
- Recent campaign finance law changes and how they impact PAC operations
- Who your organization can solicit and what constitutes a solicitation
- Compliance best practices for your website, communications materials, gifts and incentives
10 a.m. Providing Effective Political Support
While organizations seek more opportunities to engage with candidates, it’s important to consider limits on activities in your office and political disclosure concerns. Ken will address:
- The corporate ban on fundraising and related exemptions, including how to host a fundraiser at your office
- Ground rules for political site visits at your organization’s facilities
- Bundling rules under HLOGA and related prohibited activities
- Corporate shareholder resolutions regarding disclosure of political activity
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Federal Lobbying Compliance, Grassroots and Gift Rules
Many lobbying and gift rules impact your organization’s activities. Ken will cover what triggers reporting requirements and rules for engaging with federal legislative and executive branch officials. Topics will include:
- A breakdown of LDA and IRC lobbying registration and reporting requirements
- Considerations for planning constituent events and hosting federal legislative and executive branch officials at your facilities
- Gift rules that apply to executive officials, federal legislators and staff
- Foreign Agents Registration Act
- Potential penalties for violations and ways to manage compliance
12:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
12:45 p.m. Coordinating Multistate Political Giving: State and Local Laws and Pay-to-Play
Each state and many localities have its own complex campaign finance rules and restrictions. In this session, Ken will help untangle state and local laws and discuss everything you need to know to manage your organization’s state-by-state political activity, such as:
- Corporate and federal PAC contribution rules
- State and local-level campaign finance limits
- Considerations for operating multistate PACs, including laws that differ between states
- How to avoid pay-to-play violations and ways to manage internal compliance
- Recent developments in state-level campaign finance law and enforcement actions
1:45 p.m. Break
2 p.m. State and Local Lobbying and Gift Laws
Increasingly, organizations are shifting lobbying resources to engage with state- and local-level decision-makers. Find out how to stay compliant across jurisdictions through this discussion of:
- State and local level definitions of lobbying, registration and filing requirements, including what grassroots activities are considered lobbying
- State and local gift rules and related exemptions for legislative and executive branch officials
- Recent state and local developments in lobbying and gift laws, as well as enforcement cases and actions that could impact your activities
- The role of social media in lobbying and compliance issues
3 p.m. Adjourn
This program is part of our Political Management Forum. Register for two programs and save 15% using the code Forum15, or register for all three workshops and save 25% using Forum25. Other programs in the Forum include: Workshop: PAC Management Boot Camp and Workshop: Grassroots Management Bootcamp.
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Public Affairs Council
2121 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
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