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Don't Pay for "Pay-to-Play":
Best Practices for Political Giving as a Government Contractor

Webinar • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 • 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

Webinar Details

Subject: Federal Contracting

Prerequisites: None

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Advanced Preparation: None

2018 brings a host of state and local elections that will have candidates asking for money.

But for government contractors and their executives, making a personal political contribution can have dire consequences for their state and local business. “Pay-to-play” laws restrict political contributions and fundraising, and can result in severe penalties — including the loss of contracts.

This webinar will help government contractors stay abreast of the changes in pay-to-play laws and learn how to implement effective compliance programs to protect their business.

Register now for Don’t Pay for “Pay-to-Play”: Best Practices for Political Giving as a Government Contractor.

In this 90-minute webinar, Venable’s Ronald Jacobs explains how to give political gifts without running afoul of state and federal pay-to-play laws. You will learn what specific restrictions and disclosure obligations apply to government contractors and today’s best practices for developing a political giving policy that protects your company while giving employees the flexibility to use “pay to play” tactics legally.

Reduce the risk of severe penalties. From campaign contributions to gifts to public officials, you will learn how to avoid common violations, and build a system for compliance that educates employees, clears contributions, and collects information for reports.  Plus, you will have the chance to ask your own questions during the Q&A portion of the webinar.

Reserve your space now to exert political and public-sector influence without violating rapidly changing pay-to-play laws. Attendees who complete the webinar will:

  • Learn how the federal pay-to-play law applies to government contractors.
  • Explore which states and municipalities have pay-to-play laws.
  • Understand the scope of restrictions imposed on company and personal political giving.
  • Understand what information must be reported about political giving when bidding on contracts and on an ongoing basis.
  • Learn how to develop a political giving compliance policy that protects the company and allows for flexibility with employees.
  • Cover best practices for remaining in compliance

Bottom line: political gift-giving is an important part of doing business. This webinar helps you do it without making mistakes that could ruin your contracts.

Register now for Don’t Pay for “Pay-to-Play”: Best Practices for Political Giving as a Government Contractor.

This webinar is of value to government contractors and their subs. Attendees who will benefit most include:

  • General counsels
  • Associate counsels with corporate responsibility
  • Compliance officers
  • Government marketing teams
  • Government affairs teams

Ronald Jacobs

Ronald Jacobs serves as co-chair of Venable’s Political Law Group. He advises clients on all aspects of state and federal political law, including campaign finance, lobbying disclosure, gift and ethics rules, pay-to-play laws, and tax implications of political activities. Mr. Jacobs assists clients with crises response to government investigations and enforcement actions, Congressional investigations, class-action law suits, and other high-profile problems that involve potentially damaging legal and public-relations matters. Along with Lawrence Norton, he co-edits the firm’s Political Law Briefing blog.

Mr. Jacobs understands the often-contradictory rules imposed by the different laws that apply to political activities. He offers practical advice that considers not only the legal requirements, but also the reputational risk, of political activity to a broad range of clients, including large and small companies, trade associations, charities, campaigns, Super PACs, ideological groups, individuals, and political vendors. He has developed political compliance programs for Fortune 500 companies and other clients that lobby and make political contributions nationwide.

In addition to counseling clients on political law matters, Mr. Jacobs has extensive experience in the administrative rulemaking process and in litigating challenges to agency decisions in federal court. He has represented clients in administrative matters before the Federal Election Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Federal Trade Commission, the United States Congress, and in federal court.

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