Government Affairs Compliance in a Busy Political Time (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $140 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 10/31/2020

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A pre-recorded streaming video replay from the October 2017 webcast, Government Affairs Compliance in a Busy Political Time.


Why Attend?

With a new administration, a new Congress, and a lot of elections on the horizon, it is a busy season for government affairs departments! Now is the time to learn about the laws that regulate lobbying, gifts, and campaign finance, and, if needed, how to deal with a Congressional investigation.

  • Learn what “political law” is and why it matters to you and your clients
  • Review the basics of lobbying disclosure laws
  • Receive an overview of gift rules, and learn how they limit interactions with public officials—stay within the rules and avoid embarrassing mistakes
  • Understand campaign finance laws and how they may affect your client’s organization
  • Learn how to deal with a Congressional investigation before one hits

A new administration with a different agenda, a new Congress with its own ideas, state legislatures working on their own agendas, 38 governors to be elected in the next two years (including Virginia this year), and mid-term Congressional elections just over a year away mean that it is a busy time for government affairs departments. Compliance is more important than ever. Now is the time to learn about the laws that regulate lobbying, gifts and ethics, and campaign finance. But what happens if something goes wrong? In this heated environment, you also have to be ready for a Congressional investigation. Learn how to be prepared for the day when a Congressional committee sends a letter, and how to respond.

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. And if something does go wrong, learn how to deal with a Congressional investigation before one hits.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Overview of Political Law
    • What is political law and why should I care about it?
    • What are the risks of being involved in the political process?
    • How do I mitigate those risks so that my company can be involved?
  • Lobbying Disclosure
    • When do I have to register as a federal lobbyist?
    • What do I have to report as a federal lobbyist?
    • What state activities require registration?
    • How do I develop a system to track it all?
  • Gift Rules
    • What can I give to government officials?
    • How do I host a reception, educational event, or gala dinner?
    • Can I take government officials to a ball game, concert, or dinner?
    • How do we give out awards or trinkets?
  • Campaign Finance
    • How do we create a federal PAC?
    • What are the rules about soliciting contributions for a PAC?
    • How do I hold fundraisers for candidates?
    • What do I need to know about giving to state candidates?
    • What are Super PACs and how can we be involved with them?
  • Congressional Investigations
    • Isn’t responding to a congressional investigation just what my lobbyists do?
    • What is a chairman’s letter and do I have to respond?
    • Can I withhold documents under the attorney-client privilege?
    • How do I negotiate the terms of a document production, interview, or hearing?

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ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Ronald M. Jacobs, Venable LLP / Washington, DC

Ronald Jacobs serves as co-chair of Venable’s Political Law Group 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 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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