A Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities

September 2017       Authors: Tim L. Peckinpaugh, Scott C. Nelson, Eric Love

This September 2017 edition of A Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities (the Guide) includes updates to reflect the Office of Government Ethics’ (OGE) publication of revised gift rules applicable to executive branch employees that became effective on January 1, 2017, which include changes to the widely attended gatherings (WAG) exception.

The Guide also includes updates on gift and post-employment restrictions that apply to political appointees who are required to sign President Trump’s ethic’s pledge, pursuant to the executive order issued by the President on January 28, 2017.

In addition, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) new rules, which became effective on August 20, 2017, to regulate the “pay-to-play” bractices of FINRA member firms.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to demonstrate heightened attention to lobbying registration and campaign finance issues. Corporations, trade associations, and other tax exempt organizations need to remain careful in their interactions with candidates, their campaigns, and elected officials, as the DOJ has previously handed down sizable fines to lobbying registrants for skirting registration requirements.

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A Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities