Companies doing business with state and local governments or operating in regulated industries are subject to a dizzying array of “pay-to-play” rules.  These rules effectively prohibit company executives and employees (and in some cases, their family members) from making certain personal political contributions.  Even inadvertent violations can be dangerous:  a single political contribution can, for

As sexual abuse, assault, harassment, and other misconduct have dominated national headlines, state capitols and lobbyists have not escaped scrutiny.  Amidst a spate of allegations and member resignations, some state legislatures and ethics commissions are taking action.  While a variety of measures are being considered, including tightening gift rules, it is apparent that lobbyists and

Personal relationships between lobbyists and government employees can be tricky — especially in Washington where many people work for the government.  Lobbyists face many odd questions when managing their personal relationships with government employees.  Can you invite old friends to your company suite at Nationals Stadium?  Can you bring a gift to a wedding?  Can