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Outsourcing Political Activities Compliance


“I began working with Patrick when I started my role with Elmendorf Ryan in February, 2013. I was extremely unfamiliar with the reporting process and had never worked with Lobbying Disclosure reports before. Patrick has been incredibly helpful – he was able to teach me about the rules and regulations of both contributions and disclosure, and is always available to help with any questions I have for him (even on the weekends!).” Elizabeth Kearney, Manager, Elmendorf Ryan Strategies

In the wake of landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases redefining Federal campaign finance laws, the future of political contributions and their governance comes into question.

On one hand, the billionaire Koch brothers are funding what seems to be any initiative which furthers their political aspirations. Conversely, Super PACS are springing up in an effort to protest the role of money in politics in direct response to the Citizens United and McCutcheon verdicts. It’s safe to assume the current midterm Congressional elections and the 2016 presidential race will likely ignite fervent debates about political gifts and campaign finance, the likes of which has not been seen since the early 20th century.

It is important to understand the limitations placed upon political contributions at the Federal and State levels. In addition to reporting political spending, various laws require corporations to disclose the amount of money and time expended on lobbying activities. Highly regulated industries and/or companies doing business with municipal and state governments face further scrutiny under pay-to-play and procurement lobbying laws, which further regulate lobbying expenditures and political contributions.

What does this mean for your business? For many industries, the political compliance labyrinth is becoming more complex. Businesses need specialized expertise to ensure political activities are compliant. Traditionally, either a law firm or in-house staff is responsible for guiding adherence to lobbying, campaign finance, gift and entertainment laws. In many cases, external firms may supplement internal staff.

In 2011, Centurion Group DC (CGDC) emerged as a cost-effective alternative. CGDC offers clients more than 25 years of experience in the political compliance industry. Our team navigates the ever changing landscape of lobbying disclosures; campaign finance and gift laws; and government relations risk management without the high cost of retaining a law firm or paying a full-time employee. CGDC works to adapt compliance requirements to the operational practices of its clients. After all, lobbyists are always on-the-move.

Have you considered outsourcing your organization’s political activities compliance? We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about our services. Please call 202-591-1737 or email to learn how we can help you.

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