Genova Burns Associate Brett M. Pugach led a training session on ballot petitions to help female candidates obtain the information they need to properly navigate the petition process in order to qualify to appear on the ballot as candidates in upcoming elections. The presentation was given on March 24, 2018 to a class of candidates affiliated with Emerge New Jersey, an organization devoted to increasing the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training, and providing a powerful network. Mr. Pugach and the rest of Genova Burns’ Corporate Political Activity and Election Law Practice Groups regularly provide advice to, and serve as counsel to candidates, political organizations, businesses, and other entities in connection with ballot issues, campaign finance and pay-to-play, and other election law topics. Genova Burns’ attorneys have featured in and obtained successful results in prominent election law cases throughout New Jersey, and have coordinated a statewide volunteer attorney network and Voter Protection Hotline to assist voters on Election Day for the last several years.
Mr. Pugach is an Associate in the firm’s Labor Law, Alcohol & Regulated Products Law and Corporate Political Activity Law Practice Groups.
Partner Rebecca Moll Freed is scheduled to present at the upcoming New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Election Law Seminar “Pay-to-Play 2017: The Latest in Campaign Finance” on June 20th. Ms. Freed’s presentation, entitled “New Jersey Executive Branch Pay to Play Restrictions: Lessons Learned from the Della Pello Decision and the Do’s and Don’ts of Participating in the 2017 Gubernatorial Elections” will focus on the latest developments in the increasingly complex world of campaign finance restrictions and how to avoid potential violations through compliance.
The seminar has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 3.3 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 1.0 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism. For further information and to register, please click here.
Ms. Freed is Chair of the Firm’s Corporate Political Activity Law, Non-Profit and Tax Exempt Organizations and Vendor Political Activity & Ethics Compliance Training & Audit Programs Practice Groups and Partner in the Procurement Law, Government Contract Compliance & Bid Protest Litigation Practice Group.
Partner Rajiv D. Parikh was featured in a recent Politico New Jersey article entitled “State senator wants to crack down on some political fundraisers” regarding potential legislation that would “ban political fundraisers from New Jersey if they don’t follow state election law.” Mr. Parikh offers insight as to why the courts may not find this type of regulation constitutional stating that “…enabling ELEC to ban someone from their chosen profession may be viewed as draconian and violative of individual rights and therefore subject to challenge.”
The entire article and further explanation from Mr. Parikh can be found here.
Navigating Election and Political Law: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Campaign Finance, Speech, Voting Rights, and the Laws that Govern (Inside the Minds), a new publication by Thomson Reuters, includes a chapter authored by Laurence D. Laufer, Director of the firm’s Corporate Political Law Practice Group. The book provides an authoritative, insider’s perspective on the dynamics of the federal and state laws governing political contributions and spending, and how these laws are impacting practitioners and their clients. Written by partners from some of the nation’s leading law firms, this book guides the reader through the current trends in election and political law, including the latest guidance on the candidate, committee and party side of the ledger, as well as the corporate, non-profit, and association perspective.
Mr. Laufer’s chapter is called “Campaign Contributions and Spending: What You Don’t Know Can Get You In Trouble,” and includes an appendix entitled “A Not So Serious Guide to Campaign Finance Terminology, or What Cynics Think.” Click here to order the book.