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An Overview of State and Local Campaign Finance Laws

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Produced on April 07, 2016

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Course Information

Time 1h 30m
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

The 2016 presidential election is well underway. There has been an intense focus on campaign finance in this race. Voters from all sides of the political spectrum have been voicing their frustration. The leading presidential candidates from both parties have been speaking out about this issue. Former President Jimmy Carter said that the Citizens United decision gives “legal bribery the chance to prevail” and that the massive infusion of money is the biggest change he’s seen in American political life. President Obama made the issue a core theme of his State of the Union address. At the federal level, money seems to be flooding our political system, but there is much progress at the state and local level in stopping this flood.


In this program, Ms. Loprest visits the basic constructs of campaign finance regulation. She then explains the Supreme Court jurisprudence within which such regulations must exist, including Buckley v. Valeo, which established the constitutional standard through recent Court decisions in Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC. She then discusses activities and regulations in the states and local jurisdiction. This course is an excellent guide for attorneys who need to advise their clients on how to make campaign contributions and engage in political activity within the confines of today's legislative and judicial updates at the state and local levels.


Learning Objectives:

I.     Explore the basic components and concepts of campaign finance regulation 

II.    Learn the major Supreme Court cases and the constitutional standards for campaign finance regulation

III.   Identify state and local regulations on campaign contributions including “Pay-to-Play” laws

IV.   Recognize possible campaign finance disclosure requirements both for direct campaign activity and independent expenditures

V.    Understand concepts in public campaign financing



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Amy M. Loprest

New York City Campaign Finance Board

Amy M. Loprest was named Executive Director of the New York City Campaign Finance Board in September 2006, after serving two years as the Board’s Assistant Executive Director. Previously, she held a number of key positions at the CFB, including Chief of the Candidate Services Unit and Deputy General Counsel.


Ms. Loprest has been a speaker and participant at forums nationally as well as internationally on campaign finance issues and is the author of a report for IFES, an international nonprofit organization that supports the building of democratic societies, titled Transparent Public Funding in Nigeria. She has been an active member of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) and served as its president. Ms. Loprest is a member of the Order of the Coif, clerked for the Honorable Denise Cote, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and was an adjunct professor of Political Science at Fordham University.


Ms. Loprest received her B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and graduated cum laude from Fordham University School of Law where she was a Stein Public Interest Law Scholar and a member of the Fordham International Law Journal.


Lourdes C.

Really informative

Janet H.

very well organized and presented.

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Alden G.

Very well organized and informative

Seth S.

This was a really useful baseline

Wendy P.

Important topic.

Jose V.

Thanks, you were great at conveying the material.

Sean O.

Great cpntent.

Tom G.

Nice overview

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Diana M.

Great presenter.

Linda C.

Great overview of a complicated field. The presenter was effective and clearly very knowledgable.

Julie A. B.

Good recitation of relevant case law delivered in an energetic and well-informed fashion. Speaker’s conversational style is pleasing to the ear. Ms. Loprest conveys interesting examples to highlight key points and suggests how best to research state and local campaign finance laws on the Internet (e.g., websites of regulatory authorities in the appropriate jurisdiction).

Steven B.

Very informative.

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Mary Beth k.

very thorough presentation

Marc B.

speaker has an excellent voice and format for conveying and explaining this complex subjec.t

Layne D.

Great presentation. Lots of information. Speaker was engaging.

thomas m.

a detailed review.

Michael O.

Very helpful. Liked it a lot. Great presenter!

Shaun E.

Enthusiastic and Knowledgeable speaker

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