Tag Archives: House of Representatives

U.S. House Considering Major Change to Trade Association PAC Fundraising Rules

The U.S. House Committee on Appropriations is considering a major change to the way trade associations are allowed to raise money into their political action committees (PACs).  Currently, if a trade association wants to solicit money from its member companies’ employees, it must first get advance approval from the company, and each company can authorize … Continue Reading

Ethics Enforcement in the 114th Congress

The notion that the House and Senate Ethics Committees are inactive bodies, often implied in media coverage, is far from the truth. During the previous Congress, the House Ethics Committee issued more than 900 formal advisory opinions and addressed more than 40,000 informal requests for guidance.  In the first half of the 113th Congress alone, … Continue Reading

Despite House Ethics Rule Change, Privately Funded Travel Still Publicly Disclosed

National Journal reported today that the House Ethics Committee quietly scrapped “decades of precedent” requiring Members of the House of Representatives and certain senior staff to disclose privately funded travel on annual financial disclosure forms. Despite this change, travel costs still must be disclosed.  Under the current House travel rules, Members of the House and … Continue Reading

OPEN Sesame or a Potemkin Village?

Twenty House Democrats yesterday introduced proposed legislation that, if enacted in its current form, would amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to: Require corporations and labor unions which “submit[] regular, periodic reports” to their shareholders and members to include certain detailed information concerning their political spending.  That information must also be reported to the … Continue Reading

New House Travel Forms Highlight Restrictions on Underwriting Events

Thinking about subsidizing a think-tank’s policy conference in Aspen?  If House Members or employees are expected to attend, corporations and trade associations should think twice before cutting the check. Last month, we highlighted revisions to the House of Representatives travel regulations which kick in for trips on or after April 1, 2013.  New travel sponsor … Continue Reading

Poetic Ethics (Not To Be Confused with Ethical Poetry)

Last week, the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) issued a memorandum with a reminder about executive branch ethics rules governing holiday gifts and fundraising.  There is nothing unusual about guidance like this—late last month, for example, the House Ethics Committee issued one for House members and staff—but OGE’s guidance stands out for its poetic formulation: … Continue Reading

Hosting an Inauguration Reception? Beware the Gift Rules.

Inauguration Day may be a holiday in DC, but the congressional and executive branch gift rules still apply.  Today, the House Committee on Ethics issued guidance to House Members and staff regarding Inauguration events.  Today’s House guidance offered some clarity regarding who may pay for and who may attend certain kinds of events, specifically: Member Receptions … Continue Reading

Hiring from the House: Committee on Ethics Issues Guidance on House Members and Staff Seeking and Entering into New Employment

The House Committee on Ethics has issued two memoranda—one to Members and officers and the other to staff—detailing the restrictions placed on these individuals when negotiating future employment and entering the private workforce.  While this guidance is directed to those within the House of Representatives, it provides a useful description of the issues private employers … Continue Reading
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