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Welcome to the Holland & Knight Political Law Blog, featuring news and analysis related to federal and state campaign finance, ethics and lobbying disclosure laws, as well as Congressional gift and travel rules. We provide a regular review of happenings at the Federal Election Commission and analysis of a variety of federal and state topics of interest to our readers.

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Recently passed spending legislation dramatically increased the amount that individual donors may give to the National Party Committee accounts used to fund party conventions, construction and legal challenges.
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In the wake of McCutcheon v. FEC, the Commission has released a revised federal contribution limits for 2013-2014 that removes any reference to the biennial aggregate limit.
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April 8, 2014
The week of March 31, the FEC adopted a revised Advisory Opinion regarding the use of dormant funds by the Solano County Democratic Central Committee, delayed its consideration of Make Your Law PAC's request regarding bitcoins, and released AOR 2014-03, in which Lindsey for Congress, Inc. request clarification regarding the use of campaign funds to pay for public communications in support of both a federal candidate and state candidates.
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April 8, 2014
In the most significant campaign finance decision since Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court today – in its long-awaited ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC – struck down the Federal Election Commission's biennial aggregate limits. The Court left in place the direct contribution limits to candidates, political parties and PACs, but deemed unconstitutional a secondary set of set of limits that had been in place since the 1970s. Read more »