Emerging Intersections Between Political Law and the Regulation of Business Activities

New York CLE Seminar Series

September 16, 2009 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (EDT)

Do you know how often people in your organization interact with governmental entities?

Are you aware how many limits, prohibitions,and disclosure requirements can governthese interactions?

Are you aware that many jurisdictions, including the federal government, are enacting supplemental industry-specific political laws”?

Failure to comply can result not only in fines and adverse publicity, but also the loss of valuable government contracts and even potential criminal liability. New requirements emerge right when businesses can least afford to track and comply with them.

Our discussion will address these and other issues.

While the Federal Government, the states, and many cities and counties have long regulated lobbying, campaign and related political contributions, and gifts to public officials and employees, so-called pay to play” laws and regulations, already implemented in over a dozen states, single out and severely restrict campaign contributions by government contractor affiliates, in particular. The SEC recently proposed similar restrictions for state and local government investment advisers, largely modeled on existing requirements for municipal underwriters. Many jurisdictions are adding industry-specific gift limits that should be of special concern to government-facing sales and marketing personnel. Even more basically, an increasing number of jurisdictions, including over half the states, are regulating certain governmental sales activities themselves as lobbying.”

Please join us to learn tips on how to create cost-effective compliance solutions to balance the legal need for risk management, the business need for realistic standards, and the economic realities of the day.

In accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board, this non-transitional continuing legal education program is not approved for the newly admitted attorney within the first two years of admission to the Bar.