08.11.2023Genova Burns Taps Avi Kelin to Lead Corporate Political Activity Law SpecialtyGenova Burns LLC is pleased to announce that Avi D. Kelin, Esq. is taking over the leadership as the new Chair of the Corporate Political Activity Law Group. Given recent events, his expertise in campaign-finance laws is more relevant than ever before. As the founder and chair of Genova Burns’s Autonomous Vehicle Law service area, Avi is always up for a challenge.
12.13.2022Gift Rules for Elected Officials and Government EmployeesSecret Santa, Pass the Parcel, White Elephant, Mystery Maccabee—whatever you call it, this is the season of gift giving. But private individuals, businesses, and elected officials need to think carefully before providing or accepting any gifts or other things of value this holiday season. New Jersey’s gift-and-ethics rules can restrict even such innocuous seeming items as gift baskets, meals, or entertainment—providing anything of value to an elected official or government employee can have important legal and compliance implications.
03.10.2022Deadline for New Jersey's Annual Pay-to-Play Disclosure is ApproachingDoes your company do business with New Jersey government entities? Does your company make political contributions to New Jersey political recipients? Does your company have a political action committee/continuing political committee that is active in New Jersey? Do your officers, directors, partners or their spouses make political contributions to New Jersey recipients? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are most likely required to file an Annual Pay-to-Play Disclosure Form for calendar year 2021.
08.31.2021Political Law Update for Banks, Utilities, Insurance Companies and Regulated IndustriesAs summer winds down, we are entering the home stretch for the 2021 gubernatorial election in New Jersey. Because of the importance of this election, businesses and individuals who normally sit out politics may find themselves getting involved in political activity. This process can be especially tricky for New Jersey’s regulated industries—banks, utilities, insurance companies, and more—because the rules of the road for their political activity have recently changed.
05.03.2021A Brief Introduction to the History and Theory of Campaign-Finance Law, Part 1Recently on our blog, we have considered the nuances surrounding pay-to-play laws, election cycles, and refunds of contributions. But, as we continue to cover these and other topics deep in the weeds of political law, it is worth taking a step back to review the history and theory of campaign-finance laws in the United States.
02.17.2021The Power of RefundsAlthough refunds can be a powerful tool under New Jersey’s pay-to-play laws, all contributions should still be carefully reviewed for compliance with appliable limits so that a company or individual is not in the position of having to ask for a refund. Many companies think that if somebody makes or approves a contribution that they should not have made or approved, the company will simply request a refund. It’s not quite so simple…
01.28.2021The Importance of Election CyclesIn our last blog, we addressed the applicability of reduced pay-to-play limits for government contractors and prospective government contractors. In this blog, as the first month of 2021 comes to a close, it is an opportune time to review the varying time periods applicable to traditional New Jersey campaign-finance limits. While some contribution limits operate on a calendar-year basis, not all contribution limits re-set in a new calendar year.