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Now That They are in Office: Compliance for Lobbying and Political Activity After Inauguration Day

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After what seems like a never-ending election season, state legislatures, governors, the U.S. Congress, and finally the new President will all be in office by the end of the day on January 20. That means it is time to get down to the business of governing-and time for the private sector to engage with elected officials at the federal, state, and local level.

When does that engagement require registering to lobby? Can you buy someone a cup of coffee at a meeting? What about grassroots lobbying? This course, led by Venable’s Ron Jacobs, will help you to understand all of the legal issues that apply when interacting with government officials.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Determine when interacting with federal officials requires registration as a lobbyist
  2. Understand how the federal gift rules apply to dinners, receptions, site tours, and other common interactions
  3. Identify when interacting with state officials requires registration and reporting as a lobbyist and how to implement a multi-state compliance program
  4. Recognize the different state gift rules how to avoid getting into ethical trouble
  5. Explore the different laws that apply to grassroots lobbying
  6. Conduct fundraising events for candidates
  7. Create and/or grow a political action committee

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