What You Need to Know About Political Law (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 1.5
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 1.5 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $110 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 11/30/2017


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the January 2016 webcast, Ramping Up for the 2016 Elections: What You Need to Know About Political Law.

Topics covered include:

  • Why Political Law Matters
    • Maze of different laws
    • Important to engage
    • Legal, reputational, and public relations risks to consider
    • Usually a way to do what you want, but must take the right steps
  • Campaign Finance Law
    • Federal contribution limits to candidates
    • Setting up and using a federal political action committee (PAC)
    • State contribution rules—comparing Virginia’s “permit but disclose” system to other states
    • What is a Super PAC, who uses them, and why?
  • Lobbying Disclosure laws
    • Who has to register as a lobbyist at the federal level?
    • What reports are required for registrants?
    • How do the state lobbying disclosure laws work?
  • Gift and Ethics Rules
    • Limits on gifts to federal officials
    • Common exemptions to allow for interactions
    • State gift laws
  • Corporate Disclosure Rules
    • Shareholder efforts to force disclosure
    • Transparency rankings by third-party groups
    • Staying ahead of the curve

With the 2016 election season heating up, this seminar provides a timely opportunity to learn about political law—what it is and why it matters. Ron Jacobs, a frequent speaker and author on campaign finance and lobbying regulation issues, and co-chair of Venable’s Political Law Group, will help you understand campaign finance laws and how they affect your organization or your client’s organization. Learn the basics of lobbying disclosure laws, review gift and ethics rules and how they limit interactions with public officials, and understand how outside interest groups try to restrict political activity.




Ronald M. Jacobs, Venable LLP / Washington, DC
Ronald Jacobs serves as co-chair of Venable’s Political Law Group and as hiring partner in the firm's Washington, DC office. He advises clients on all aspects of state and federal political law, including campaign finance, lobbying disclosure, gift and ethics rules, pay-to-play laws, and tax implications of political activities. Mr. Jacobs assists clients with crises response to government investigations and enforcement actions, Congressional investigations, class-action law suits, and other high-profile problems that involve potentially damaging legal and public-relations matters.  He served as general counsel to a successful 2014 candidate for the United States Senate, has represented several “Super PACs,” and represents many publicly traded companies and trade associations. Mr. Jacobs is a frequent speaker and author on campaign finance and lobbying regulation issues.

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