Avi D. Kelin, Esq., Associate in the firm’s Corporate Political Activity Law practice, recently penned an article series for the Jewish Link, the first of which “What all Businesses Need to Know About Political Activity”, was published in their January 30th edition.
With the Iowa Caucus only a few days away, the public will soon turn its full attention to the 2020 presidential election. If 2016 is any indication, the 2020 presidential race promises to be heated and divisive. Mr. Kelin’s article provides an overview of what all businesses need to know about political activity.
Businesses will often think that they are not politically active, but that assumption is not always accurate. The CEO writes a check to support his neighbor who is running for local office. A grocery store provides items to a political officeholder who uses the goods for a campaign event. A partner at an accounting firm is listed as a host of a campaign fundraiser. These are all examples of political activity that are subject to federal and state campaign-finance and election laws. As the country’s elections become only more heated and as new laws come into effect, it is important for businesses to ensure that they understand these laws and have a plan for compliance.
Click here to read Mr. Kelin’s full article which delves into the following:
- The definition of a political contribution,
- Restrictions that political contributions are subject to,
- Limits political contributions are subject to, and
- How to ensure political contributions are made voluntarily.
Mr. Kelin’s practice focuses on the interaction between government and business. He advises businesses, trade associations and individuals on lobbying requirements, campaign-finance law, pay-to-play restrictions, government-ethics rules and the government-procurement process.