With the elections over, Congress will take fresh aim at ethics. Lobbyists are fair game and "I didn't know" won't keep you out of the headlines - or exempt you from the stiff penalties associated with HLOGA, LDA and FARA. Lobbyists are fair game and "I didn't know" won't keep you out of the headlines - or exempt you from the stiff penalties associated with HLOGA, LDA and FARA.
If you aren't sure what those acronyms stand for, you're a sitting duck for ethics investigations and compliance violations. Even if you do know the basics of lobbying laws, you're still at risk unless you're absolutely certain you're meeting deadlines, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements.
Why risk fines, penalties and negative PR? Here's your "primer" on the basics you must know to follow the rules in the complex world of government relations.
If you're going to be involved in lobbying, politics, or government relations in 2013:
- Do not talk to former colleagues on the Hill...
- Do not invite a Hill staffer over for a beer...
- Do not pick up a member of Congress at the airport...
- Do not give educational information to any Congressional or executive staffer...
- Do not make any political contributions...
- Do not plan or attend any events...
... until you've attended this 90-minute audioconference covering the basics of HLOGA, LDA and FARA.
Presented by experts on lobbying regulation and compliance, this session presents a clear overview of your rights and responsibilities under complex lobbying laws, plus an update on new executive branch policies regarding lobbyists in the Obama Administration. You'll also benefit from insights on how those rights and responsibilities will play out in the current lobbying environment.
Order the OnDemand recording to learn how to reduce your risk of fines and damaging PR by following this "map" to K Street compliance, including:
- A basic overview of requirements: LDA, FARA and HLOGA reporting, recordkeeping and filing deadlines, and special gift, travel and event rules ... plus a look at "revolving door" guidelines and early warning on campaign finance issues.
- Practical, up-to-date guidance: Advice to help GR professionals translate requirements into real-world practices to assure compliance - including which records to keep (and for how long) ... when and how to file the L-1, L-2 and LD-203 ... how to handle the ramifications of the "bundling" rules and coalition requirements ... when you can and can't provide educational material to staffers ... and more.
- Managing the overlaps and differences: How executive branch lobbying and gift and ethics laws differ from Senate and House rules ... the different reporting methods for LDA and IRC ... and more.
- Educating non-lobbyist employees: The steps that firms, companies and associations must take to make sure all employees comply with the gift rules.
- Registration know-how: Lobbying registration triggers - should you register as a lobbyist?
Who Will Benefit?
This session offers essential guidance for personnel involved in every organization that participates in lobbying and government relations, including:
- Newly-registered lobbyists at lobbying firms
- Sole-proprietor or small-firm lobbyists
- Government relations/lobbying personnel at trade associations, nonprofits and corporations
- Non-registered staff members involved in government relations projects
- Chairpersons of coalitions and people who fund a significant portion of them
- CEOs, presidents and HR directors of associations or unions
- Law firms with government relations clients
Meet Your Training Team
Jill Holtzman Vogel, Holtzman Vogel PLLC: A named partner at Holtzman Vogel PLLC, Jill Vogel was recognized by Washingtonian magazine in 2008 as one of the top lawyers in campaign finance and ethics. She manages Holtzman Vogel and formerly served as Chief Counsel of the Republican National Committee and as Deputy Counsel at the Department of Energy.
Tom Josefiak, HoltzmanVogel PLLC: Tom Josefiak joined the firm in 2008. Tom previously served as the Chief Counsel of the RNC. He was responsible for the day-to-day legal operations of the RNC including ensuring that all activities of the RNC, its officers and employees complied with applicable federal and state election laws. Tom served in various legal positions at the RNC from 1992 until 1995 when he became the Chief Counsel. In May of 2003, Tom was asked to serve as General Counsel for Bush-Cheney ’04, where he was responsible for all of the campaign’s legal matters.
Don't wait, register your whole team today! Order the OnDemand Recording available for round-the-clock access only 48 hours after the live event.