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At Oberheiden P.C., we help politicians, campaigns, contributors, lobbyists, and others ensure that their political activities remain compliant with all of the complex and ever-changing rules that apply. Our Republican lawyers can also help you stay in line with new developments, and we can help you institute an internal compliance program that demonstrates your commitment to compliance.

president trump with republican lawyer nick oberheiden
President Trump with Republican Lawyer Dr. Nick Oberheiden and his wife Kelly.

Political activities in the United States are subject to an inordinate number of complex laws and regulations; and, in today’s world, mistakes can be incredibly costly. Transgressions can quickly become broadcasted on social media; and, if picked up by any news outlets, they can potentially bring your political campaign or career to an end.

All types of political activities are heavily governed. Laws, regulations, and rules at all levels of government can apply, and avoiding miscues calls for a comprehensive understanding of how all of these various sources of authority apply to your specific political activities.

Although there is a very real concern about negative publicity in the political sphere, the consequences of noncompliance have the potential to be far more severe. Statutory violations can lead to civil or criminal enforcement action, with potential penalties including substantial fines and federal incarceration.

A Republican Political Law Firm with a National Presence

We provide representation for candidates, officials, lobbyists, political organizations, and private entities in all political law matters at Oberheiden P.C.. We provide comprehensive compliance representation, and we offer our representation on a nationwide scale.

Our Republican lawyers have served public officials and other political clients in a broad range of matters. If you are running for office, if you are in office, or if you are seeking to finance a campaign or exert influence in Washington D.C., we can use our extensive experience to assist you. With several attorneys who have experience working in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country, we provide invaluable governmental insights for individuals and entities that are faced with the burdens of political law compliance.

Our Services

We serve our political clients in every aspect of local, state, and federal compliance. In many instances, political activities will have legal implications at all three levels, and avoiding expensive and embarrassing oversights requires the ability to quickly assess all of the legal implications of proposed political activities. At Oberheiden P.C., we work with our clients throughout their political efforts to ensure that they are compliant in the following areas:

Campaign Finance

Corporations are prohibited from contributing funds directly to political campaigns for federal office under federal law. This overarching prohibition has existed in the United States for over a century, and the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (also known as the McCain-Feingold Act) outlawed “soft money” contributions to the national Republican and Democratic parties in 2002. Corporate entities are also banned from encouraging their officers or employees to contribute to political campaigns, and reimbursing officers and employees for their campaign contributions is also a federal offense.

Under Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, however, corporate entities can use their coffers to fund political communications. In order to lawfully finance political communications, corporations need to make sure that their contributions are appropriately structured, and every aspect of all relevant transactions should be carefully documented. At Oberheiden P.C., we assist corporations, political campaigns, and political candidates with these and other aspects of campaign finance compliance, such as:

  • Appropriate use of disclaimers
  • Candidate travel
  • Federal Election Commission (FEC) and state campaign finance filings
  • Financing of campaign events (including “meet and greets”)
  • Political Action Committee (PAC) compliance
  • Political communications not financed by corporate entities
  • Political fundraising activities and events

Ethics

Candidates, contributors, elected officials, and lobbyists are all subject to legally-enforceable ethical obligations with regard to their political activities. Candidates and elected officials must ensure that all of their political activities remain entirely transparent and full above board, meanwhile contributors and lobbyists need to avoid activities that involve the perception of undue influence. The Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (LDA) and the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (HLOGA) are key federal statutes in this area, but they are not the only source of ethical responsibility for political actors and activities.

Many, but not all, of the ethical rules within the political law arena deal with gifts and financial contributions. Subsequently, campaign finance compliance and ethical compliance are closely intertwined. At Oberheiden P.C., we assist our clients with ethical compliance matters including:

  • Clearance of gifts, financial contributions, and travel
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Disclosure compliance for gifts, financial contributions, and travel
  • Employee compensation, reimbursements, and other financial matters
  • Post-employment matters

Internal Governance and Compliance

We help corporations, PACs, political campaigns, and other clients with all aspects of internal governance and compliance. Instituting an effective internal compliance program is critical to embedding a culture of compliance among your organization’s employees and volunteers, and providing training and resources can substantially mitigate the risk of both intentional and accidental compliance violations. We help our clients develop internal governance controls and implement compliance policies and procedures that address matters including:

  • Corporate meetings, resolutions, and recordkeeping
  • Corporate structuring and governance
  • Disclosure compliance
  • Employment compliance
  • Employee and volunteer training
  • Financial matters

Lobbying

Under the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, the penalties for violating the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 have substantially increased. Civil monetary penalties now stand at $200,000 per violation, and criminal prosecution under the HLOGA and LDA can result in up to five years of federal imprisonment. Subsequently, the risks of non-compliance for lobbying organizations and individual lobbyists are greater than ever, and this means that having a high level of compliance must be a top priority.

We assist lobbying organizations and lobbyists with all aspects of legal and regulatory compliance, from strictly adhering to House and Senate rules to meeting disclosure and filing requirements. Our services also include providing representation with respect to:

  • Appropriate calculation of lobbying expenses
  • Lobbying Disclosure Act registrations
  • Lobbying events and travel
  • Local, state, and federal legal and regulatory compliance
  • House and Senate rule compliance

Pay-to-Play

Government contractors occupy a unique space in the political realm. They are in a position to directly benefit from governmental activity, and they are also in a position in which they have the opportunity to offer benefits to elected government officials.

Pay-to-play laws are created to ensure that government contractors do not unduly influence government officials or unduly benefit from their contracts with the government. These laws prohibit, limit, and require disclosure of campaign contributions and gifts made by government contractors, as well as those made by their officers, board members, owners, employees, and PACs. Pay-to-play laws also apply to prospective government contractors that are looking to win bids. Our services in the pay-to-play realm include representation of government contractors, contract bidders, political candidates, and government officials with respect to:

  • Clearance of campaign contributions that raise possible pay-to-play concerns
  • Development and implementation of pay-to-play compliance programs
  • Government contract review and negotiation
  • Pay-to-play disclosures and certifications
  • State and federal pay-to-play law compliance

Redistricting

We represent civil rights organizations, PACs, political parties, and government entities with regard to local, state, and federal redistricting matters. Redistricting is a particularly unique and nuanced aspect of political law, and redistricting efforts can have various statutory and constitutional implications. We assist our clients in developing plans for seeking redistricting that comply with all pertinent sources of legal authority, and we assist clients with executing strategies for opposing redistricting efforts. Our services in this area include:

  • Addressing issues pertaining to polling places, early voting sites, and malapportionment
  • Addressing issues pertaining to voter identification and vote dilution
  • Legal advice and counseling regarding redistricting and reapportionment efforts
  • National Voter Registration Act and Help America Vote Act compliance
  • Voting Rights Act and election law compliance

Tax

Campaign finance, lobbying, and other political activities involve a host of complex state and federal tax issues. We represent non-profit political organizations with regard to maintaining their tax-exempt status, and we help other entities and individuals make safe and strategic decisions about reducing their overall tax liability. Our lawyers work with our clients to identify potential tax issues and tax opportunities proactively whenever possible so that our clients can avoid unwanted scrutiny while making full use of the advantages that are available. In the area of political tax compliance, our services include:

  • Appropriate accounting for gifts, political contributions, and lobbying expenses
  • Federal and state tax disclaimer requirements
  • Federal and state tax filing requirements for PACs
  • Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 527 compliance
  • IRC Section 501(c) tax exemption compliance

Speak with a Republican Attorney at Oberheiden P.C.

If you need advice or representation with regard to any of the above, we encourage you to contact us to arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our political law attorneys. To schedule an appointment at your convenience, please call 888-680-1745 or tell us how to contact you online today.

Political Law Compliance Information

Political activities in the United States are subject to an inordinate number of complex laws and regulations; and, in today’s world, mistakes can be incredibly costly. Transgressions can quickly become broadcasted on social media; and, if picked up by any news outlets, they can potentially bring your political campaign or career to an end.

All types of political activities are heavily governed. Laws, regulations, and rules at all levels of government can apply, and avoiding miscues calls for a comprehensive understanding of how all of these various sources of authority apply to your specific political activities.

Although there is a very real concern about negative publicity in the political sphere, the consequences of noncompliance have the potential to be far more severe. Statutory violations can lead to civil or criminal enforcement action, with potential penalties including substantial fines and federal incarceration.

A Republican Political Law Firm with a National Presence

We provide representation for candidates, officials, lobbyists, political organizations, and private entities in all political law matters at Oberheiden P.C.. We provide comprehensive compliance representation, and we offer our representation on a nationwide scale.

Our Republican lawyers have served public officials and other political clients in a broad range of matters. If you are running for office, if you are in office, or if you are seeking to finance a campaign or exert influence in Washington D.C., we can use our extensive experience to assist you. With several attorneys who have experience working in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country, we provide invaluable governmental insights for individuals and entities that are faced with the burdens of political law compliance.

Our Services

We serve our political clients in every aspect of local, state, and federal compliance. In many instances, political activities will have legal implications at all three levels, and avoiding expensive and embarrassing oversights requires the ability to quickly assess all of the legal implications of proposed political activities. At Oberheiden P.C., we work with our clients throughout their political efforts to ensure that they are compliant in the following areas:

Campaign Finance

Corporations are prohibited from contributing funds directly to political campaigns for federal office under federal law. This overarching prohibition has existed in the United States for over a century, and the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (also known as the McCain-Feingold Act) outlawed “soft money” contributions to the national Republican and Democratic parties in 2002. Corporate entities are also banned from encouraging their officers or employees to contribute to political campaigns, and reimbursing officers and employees for their campaign contributions is also a federal offense.

Under Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, however, corporate entities can use their coffers to fund political communications. In order to lawfully finance political communications, corporations need to make sure that their contributions are appropriately structured, and every aspect of all relevant transactions should be carefully documented. At Oberheiden P.C., we assist corporations, political campaigns, and political candidates with these and other aspects of campaign finance compliance, such as:

  • Appropriate use of disclaimers
  • Candidate travel
  • Federal Election Commission (FEC) and state campaign finance filings
  • Financing of campaign events (including “meet and greets”)
  • Political Action Committee (PAC) compliance
  • Political communications not financed by corporate entities
  • Political fundraising activities and events

Ethics

Candidates, contributors, elected officials, and lobbyists are all subject to legally-enforceable ethical obligations with regard to their political activities. Candidates and elected officials must ensure that all of their political activities remain entirely transparent and full above board, meanwhile contributors and lobbyists need to avoid activities that involve the perception of undue influence. The Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (LDA) and the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (HLOGA) are key federal statutes in this area, but they are not the only source of ethical responsibility for political actors and activities.

Many, but not all, of the ethical rules within the political law arena deal with gifts and financial contributions. Subsequently, campaign finance compliance and ethical compliance are closely intertwined. At Oberheiden P.C., we assist our clients with ethical compliance matters including:

  • Clearance of gifts, financial contributions, and travel
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Disclosure compliance for gifts, financial contributions, and travel
  • Employee compensation, reimbursements, and other financial matters
  • Post-employment matters

Internal Governance and Compliance

We help corporations, PACs, political campaigns, and other clients with all aspects of internal governance and compliance. Instituting an effective internal compliance program is critical to embedding a culture of compliance among your organization’s employees and volunteers, and providing training and resources can substantially mitigate the risk of both intentional and accidental compliance violations. We help our clients develop internal governance controls and implement compliance policies and procedures that address matters including:

  • Corporate meetings, resolutions, and recordkeeping
  • Corporate structuring and governance
  • Disclosure compliance
  • Employment compliance
  • Employee and volunteer training
  • Financial matters

Lobbying

Under the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, the penalties for violating the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 have substantially increased. Civil monetary penalties now stand at $200,000 per violation, and criminal prosecution under the HLOGA and LDA can result in up to five years of federal imprisonment. Subsequently, the risks of non-compliance for lobbying organizations and individual lobbyists are greater than ever, and this means that having a high level of compliance must be a top priority.

We assist lobbying organizations and lobbyists with all aspects of legal and regulatory compliance, from strictly adhering to House and Senate rules to meeting disclosure and filing requirements. Our services also include providing representation with respect to:

  • Appropriate calculation of lobbying expenses
  • Lobbying Disclosure Act registrations
  • Lobbying events and travel
  • Local, state, and federal legal and regulatory compliance
  • House and Senate rule compliance

Pay-to-Play

Government contractors occupy a unique space in the political realm. They are in a position to directly benefit from governmental activity, and they are also in a position in which they have the opportunity to offer benefits to elected government officials.

Pay-to-play laws are created to ensure that government contractors do not unduly influence government officials or unduly benefit from their contracts with the government. These laws prohibit, limit, and require disclosure of campaign contributions and gifts made by government contractors, as well as those made by their officers, board members, owners, employees, and PACs. Pay-to-play laws also apply to prospective government contractors that are looking to win bids. Our services in the pay-to-play realm include representation of government contractors, contract bidders, political candidates, and government officials with respect to:

  • Clearance of campaign contributions that raise possible pay-to-play concerns
  • Development and implementation of pay-to-play compliance programs
  • Government contract review and negotiation
  • Pay-to-play disclosures and certifications
  • State and federal pay-to-play law compliance

Redistricting

We represent civil rights organizations, PACs, political parties, and government entities with regard to local, state, and federal redistricting matters. Redistricting is a particularly unique and nuanced aspect of political law, and redistricting efforts can have various statutory and constitutional implications. We assist our clients in developing plans for seeking redistricting that comply with all pertinent sources of legal authority, and we assist clients with executing strategies for opposing redistricting efforts. Our services in this area include:

  • Addressing issues pertaining to polling places, early voting sites, and malapportionment
  • Addressing issues pertaining to voter identification and vote dilution
  • Legal advice and counseling regarding redistricting and reapportionment efforts
  • National Voter Registration Act and Help America Vote Act compliance
  • Voting Rights Act and election law compliance

Tax

Campaign finance, lobbying, and other political activities involve a host of complex state and federal tax issues. We represent non-profit political organizations with regard to maintaining their tax-exempt status, and we help other entities and individuals make safe and strategic decisions about reducing their overall tax liability. Our lawyers work with our clients to identify potential tax issues and tax opportunities proactively whenever possible so that our clients can avoid unwanted scrutiny while making full use of the advantages that are available. In the area of political tax compliance, our services include:

  • Appropriate accounting for gifts, political contributions, and lobbying expenses
  • Federal and state tax disclaimer requirements
  • Federal and state tax filing requirements for PACs
  • Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 527 compliance
  • IRC Section 501(c) tax exemption compliance

Speak with a Republican Attorney at Oberheiden P.C.

If you need advice or representation with regard to any of the above, we encourage you to contact us to arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our political law attorneys. To schedule an appointment at your convenience, please call 888-680-1745 or tell us how to contact you online today.

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