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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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With year-end Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings now submitted and the 2018 election season already underway, federal Political Action Committee (PAC) managers now have the opportunity to reassess efforts to ensuring continuing compliance with federal campaign finance laws.
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February 1, 2017
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Beginning on January 1, 2016, Virginia state legislators and executive officials, certain state or local officers or employees, certain candidates, and their immediate families, may not solicit or accept a single gift or combination of gifts exceeding $100 during any calendar year from any lobbyist or lobbyist's principal, unless a relevant exception applies.
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December 17, 2015
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The Federal Election Commission announced that pursuant to the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), as amended, it was adjusting contribution and expenditure thresholds and the lobbyist bundling threshold for federal elections. This biannual process, which occurs in odd-numbered years, is intended to ensure that the contribution limits originally adopted in the Act rise with inflation.
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February 3, 2015
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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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The week of May 19, the Federal Election Commission met in executive session on May 20, but did not meet in public session or otherwise act on pending administrative matters.
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May 27, 2014
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Last week the Federal Election Commission did not meet, but held a tally vote to approve Advisory Opinion 2014-03 regarding the use of campaign funds to pay for public communications in support of both a federal candidate and state candidates. The Commission also released two draft Advisory Opinions in response to Make Your Laws PAC’s request that it approve a framework within which political committees may accept contributions made in Bitcoins.
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April 21, 2014
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Many members of the House and Senate already have announced their plans to retire after their current term is over. The expectation is that the list will grow before November's election. However, there are a handful of Senators and Representatives who have decide, for various reasons, to resign from their seat before the next election, prompting a special election to fill the vacancy.
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February 10, 2014
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The week of January 20, the Federal Election Commission did not meet, but released a final rule extending its Administrative Fine Program, which was reauthorized by Congress on December 26, 2013.
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January 27, 2014
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The week of December 30, the Federal Election Commission did not meet, but released a Conciliation Agreement concluding MUR 6469, an enforcement action against Friends of Sharron Angle, as well as a Settlement Agreement between Liberty Unleashed, a political action committee that supported libertarian candidates in 2012, and the Commission, which was resolved through the Commission's alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program.
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January 6, 2014
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The week of December 16, the Arizona Supreme Court allowed the state to begin implementing Arizona House Bill 2593, legislation adopted in April 2013 that not only increased the limits on individual state campaign contributions by five-to-tenfold, but also eliminated the state's aggregate limit on individual contributions to candidates and committees who support candidates.
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December 27, 2013
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With the New Year knocking at the door and the 2014 election season just around the corner, it is time for those of us who manage a federal Political Action Committee ("PAC") to take the housekeeping steps necessary to remain compliant with federal campaign finance laws.
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December 20, 2013
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The week of December 2, the Federal Election Commission issued a closeout letter in response to an advisory opinion request from Yamaha Motor Corporation, extended its consideration of a request from Revolution Messaging until January, and adopted an interpretive rule related to the date of special elections in New York.
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December 9, 2013
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The week of November 25, the Federal Election Commission announced the release of a final Advisory Opinion ("AO") regarding solicitation of political donors to request refunds from candidates, a closeout letter after failing to adopt an opinion regarding a reporting exemption request, and two sets of draft AOs regarding disclaimer requirements for mobile advertisements and a separate segregated fund's ("SSF") solicitation of potentially affiliated companies' executives.
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December 2, 2013
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