10.30.2023Important Changes to ELEC Pre-Election ReportingWith just over a week remaining until election day, now is the time for reporting committees, individuals and corporations, and organizations to prepare for and understand their ELEC reporting obligations. Under the Elections Transparency Act, a wider range of organizations are required to file ELEC reports, and a broader range of transactions are subject to pre-election reporting.
10.17.2023Political Law With The Simpsons - A Four Part Series By Avi KelinAs far back as 1995, The Simpsons established that you don't win friends with salad. Even though you may not make any friends with salad, it still has a monetary value. This dichotomy can actually teach us something about political-law compliance. We present to you: Political Law With The Simpsons - A Four Part Series.
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.
01.21.2021Know Your Pay-to-Play Limits: Taking Stock of Covered Contributors2021 has been off to an eventful start politically. Although a lot is happening on the national stage, we cannot forget that 2021 is a big election year in New Jersey. Not only do we have an upcoming gubernatorial election, but all 120 seats in the New Jersey Legislature are up for grabs and hundreds of local candidates will be on the ballot.
01.18.2021Bergen County Twice-Annual Pay-to-Play Disclosure Deadline ApproachesVendors that hold government contracts with Bergen County are required to file pay-to-play disclosures in January and July of each year. This requirement to file the Bergen County Sunshine Form and the REVUE 2 Form was enacted in 2013 when the County adopted its own local pay-to-play ordinance.
01.15.2021Genova Burns LLC Launches New "Compliance Corner" Column in Insider NJ Genova Burns LLC is excited to announce that the firm is launching a new initiative entitled the "Compliance Corner" in Insider NJ. In this new column, Genova Burns attorneys will be providing regular insights on government-contracting, political-activity, and pay-to-play compliance to readers. We will be addressing popular topics, answering questions, and providing compliance tips.