A Legal Understanding of Lobbying and Campaign Finance
About this Program
What legal concerns should a company have when it makes political financial contributions? To what extent can a non-profit organization be involved in lobbying efforts before jeopardizing its IRS tax-exempt status? Attorney Jisha Dymond answers these important questions in her lobbying and campaign finance primer. Ms. Dymond visits the constitutional authority of lobbying and discusses the threshold activities required before lobbyists are obligated to make disclosures under both state and federal laws. She then explains how the Watergate scandal was the biggest catalyst for modern campaign reform and how the Buckley v. Valeo Supreme Court case established the constitutional standard for federal campaign finance laws. Concluding with a discussion on the controversy surrounding the Court's recent decision in Citizen v. United, this course is an excellent guide for attorneys who need to advise their clients on how to lobby and make campaign contributions within the confines of today's legislative and judicial updates.
I. The Source of Authority and History of Lobbying
II. The Principal Actors, Definitions, and Thresholds of Lobbying
III. Lobbying Disclosure Requirements
IV. The Constitutional Standard of Campaign Finance
V. Prohibited Campaign Contributors and Pay-to-Play Laws
VI. Direct Contributions v. Independent Expenditures
April 22, 2011
Very clear explanation of the most important issues.
She did a terrific job -- very clear presentation.
Excellent primer; great presenter.
The lawyer was excellent on topic and her presentation.
superb, and well produced! like the music at intro.
Very good primer on area I knew next to nothing about.
Excellent presenter with interesting material.
This was an excellent CLE.
Jisha did a very good job.
Presenter did an excellent job of synopsizing the materials and gave valuable analysis for practitioners of established law as well emerging issues; good job!
Good. Important with an election year coming up.
Excellent overview and written materials.
Excellent presentation esp re public financing
Well presented and interesting.
Very clear and concise.
Very good presentation
Very informative and interesting!
Excellent presentation and slides
A timely subject!
Good overall presentation.
detailed overview and primer for beginners - nicely done
Another great presentation. Very helpful information!
Very interesting. This is one of hte bette CLEs i have ever taken. Thanks!
As a registered lobbyist, I found the program to be an excellent review of the current federal law
Excellent presestation and materials.
Great, informative presentation!
Excellent presentation! Complete mastering of subject matter.
Great CLE! Incredibly informative and I would highly recommend.
Informative and understandable to someone not an expert in this field
Good overview and well-explained.
Very good presentation by presenter and substantive in content.
Excellent presenter. Did a great job of bringing the essential elements to light in a complex area.
Excellent! Very well presented.
A very relaxed speaker. One of the best.
Great overview of campaign finance. I did not know anything about the topic prior to watching this program, but now I feel more comfortable following the stories about lobbyists we hear all the time.
the speaker was very easy to understand, precise and provided a large amount of information.
Great CLARITY in the video !
She was an outstanding speaker and I enjoyed this course.
Very interesting topic.
Excellent presentation, especially for those not familiar with the legal lay of the land in this area.
This was an excellent course -- very up-to-date.
Great intro to/overview of political law. Also, a great refresher for those of us who work in this area.
very nice presentation
Having worked on Capitol Hill and run a congressional campaign, I thought the speaker's presentation was very informative and gave a good general background of the topic, esp. as it pertains to how lawyers can/may be involved in lobbying efforts and the pitfalls of blurring the lines between the practice of law and lobbying.
This was the best overview of the topic I've ever heard.
VERY NICE Primer
Very comprehensive presentation Learned some new things.
This speaker was very informative and interesting!
Good introduction to the topic. Lots of good references.
She takes a complex subject and makes it understandable.
Interesting discussion, especially in light of the activities of the super PACs in the 2012 campaigns, all done without linkage with the candidates. ... Right!
Outstanding presentation! Excellent, knowledgeable lecturer!
Interesting subject matter probably should be extended to 2 one-hour programs so that the speaker can devote more time to the subject matter.
Excellent speak and a wonderful program.
Very interesting and informative for novice learners such as myself.
An excellent primer/update for any intelligent citizen!
great topic; no time wasted on irrelevant or off-topic comments
Excellent presentation. Speaker clearly knows this area of the law and was remarkably poised. Very impressive.
Worthwhile and timely Mar. 1, 2012
Good speaker.Easy to listen to and view (easy on the eyes as well).
The subject matter was well presented.
Good speaker. Interesting presentation.
The speaker was very good! One of the best I have seen on this site.
Informative, since I knew almost nothing about this subject beforehand.
Even as someone who practices frequently in this area, I found the course, especially the lobbying information, very informative. It was a very well done program.
Well organized and clearly presented (not to mention timely). The topical questions and slides were presented at a pace that made the lecture easy to follow and to understand. Kudos to Ms. Dymond.
This was one of the best CLE programs I've seen anywhere. The host was knowledgeable, articulate and interesting. Great job.
she did well to give an overview...
Interesting and informative.
Very informative and helpful.
Essential for any lawyer interested to practice in this area
Very polished, well spoken, easy to listen to speaker.
Very well done! Excellent presentation...a great introduction.
Speaker was very thorough and exhibited a vast knowledge of the subject matter--A great primer to an complex area.
I would recommend this course it is both informative and interesting.
Good deal. Thank you!
Very informational. Presenter did a great job in providing a basic overview of this very complex area.
wonderfully articulated, clear and concise!
Clear presentation on the confluence of lobbying and campaign finance laws.
The speaker was excellent; she is a natural teacher, and presented complex, detailed information in a way that was easy to understand.
clarity excellent, very complex rule-based area made understandable
Presenter was very engaging and on top of the subject matter. Fun and stimulating.
Very talented speaker
speakers knows subject and is very attractive.
Very well presented, in a logically thought through presentation. I would highly recommend Mrs Dymond's presentation to anyone looking to work in the area of Campaigns and Elections law.
very very good
Very articulate and clearly done
This was a good high-level overview of the status of the law on this issue
Jisha Dymond is a poised informative and knowledgeable instructor on campaign finance law.
I learned a lot. Thanks.
The speaker did a good job explaining the differences between the federal and state rules pertaining to the subject matter.
very well done!
This is the best program that I've seen yet - great job!
Excellent speaker. Great presentation.
Outstanding presentation!!!! The best presenter (among many excellent peresenters) I've seen so far.
Well done. Informative.
Extraordinary speaker with a thorough knowledge of her subject matter. Great Course!
I thought the lecture was engaging and really relevant to current events. Thanks!
Very informative and well-presented.
fantastic. clear, lively and informative!
Very clear and concise, thanks!
Excellent - one of my favorite Lawline courses. Well thought out and presented. Organized and peppered with appropriate case examples and rule descriptions. Right on point.
Best-prepared speaker ever in my many years of Lawline CLE