Corporate Lobbying & Government Affairs

Navigating the complexity of rules, regulations, and cases to minimize risks and ensure compliance

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

About

At press time, the latest figures available show spending on federal lobbying efforts reached $2.45 billion in 2006, according to The Center For Responsive Politics, a non-profit, non-partisan research group in Washington, D.C.

With billions of dollars at stake, lobbying is more than an important issue for corporations, trade associations, and non-profit organizations. It’s a vital one.

And with the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 raising the bar on lobbying requirements, attorneys have a new maze of legislation to navigate.

A company’s most powerful asset in lobbying is access to lawmakers and legislative staff. But with the company’s power comes the responsibility in making sure that lobbying efforts meet the complex demands of the lobbying laws, match corporate objectives, and avoid potential civil and criminal liability.

Greater scrutiny by the legislative and executive branches, tighter legal restrictions, and heightened focus on the political process during an election year combine to create a perfect storm for attorneys responsible for overseeing lobbying, government affairs, and campaign finance issues.

To weather the storm, you must have a thorough understanding of the latest developments and the consequent implications for your clients. ACI presents the only publication dedicated to providing the invaluable combination of detailed information, outstanding faculty, and tremendous networking opportunities.

ACI’s Corporate Lobbying & Government Affairs publication brings you industry leaders who share their insight, analysis, and experience on the complex issues presented by the latest legal and regulatory changes affecting your company’s lobbying efforts and the potential strategies, tactics, and solutions for tackling them.

Contents & Contributors

About

At press time, the latest figures available show spending on federal lobbying efforts reached $2.45 billion in 2006, according to The Center For Responsive Politics, a non-profit, non-partisan research group in Washington, D.C.

With billions of dollars at stake, lobbying is more than an important issue for corporations, trade associations, and non-profit organizations. It’s a vital one.

And with the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 raising the bar on lobbying requirements, attorneys have a new maze of legislation to navigate.

A company’s most powerful asset in lobbying is access to lawmakers and legislative staff. But with the company’s power comes the responsibility in making sure that lobbying efforts meet the complex demands of the lobbying laws, match corporate objectives, and avoid potential civil and criminal liability.

Greater scrutiny by the legislative and executive branches, tighter legal restrictions, and heightened focus on the political process during an election year combine to create a perfect storm for attorneys responsible for overseeing lobbying, government affairs, and campaign finance issues.

To weather the storm, you must have a thorough understanding of the latest developments and the consequent implications for your clients. ACI presents the only publication dedicated to providing the invaluable combination of detailed information, outstanding faculty, and tremendous networking opportunities.

ACI’s Corporate Lobbying & Government Affairs publication brings you industry leaders who share their insight, analysis, and experience on the complex issues presented by the latest legal and regulatory changes affecting your company’s lobbying efforts and the potential strategies, tactics, and solutions for tackling them.

Contents & Contributors

A Culture of Compliance: Uniting Advocacy & Transparency
Marc Scarduffa, Pfizer (New York, NY)

Establishing Effective Compliance Guidelines to Protect the Corporation
Trevor Potter, Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered (Washington, DC)
James A. Kahl, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC (Washington, DC)
Barbara Bonfiglio, Pfizer (Washington, DC)

Corporate Government Affairs in a New Era
Carol Lane, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation (Arlington, VA)

Developing Effective Training Programs
Julia Hanft, Globecomm Systems Inc. (Hauppauge, NY)

What Every Company Needs to Know About Pay to Play Rules
Arthur R. Sypek, Jr., Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP (Trenton, NJ)

Oversight without Oversights or Helping General Counsel Retain His License to Practice
Cameron Smith, Herbalife International of America, Inc. (Washington, DC)

Navigating the Semi-Annual Certification
Lawrence H. Norton, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC (Washington, DC)

Campaign Finance in the Wake of New Legislation and Court Decisions: What Every Corporate Executive Needs To Know
Brett Kappel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP (Washington, D.C.)

State Campaign Finance Laws
Kenneth Gross, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Washington, DC)



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