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States respond to Citizens United

USA - March 12 2010 On January 21, 2010, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations and unions may use general treasury funds to make independent expenditures for speech that is an electioneering communication or for speech expressly advocating the election or defeat of a candidate.

Jan Witold Baran

FCPA indictment involving officials in Argentina

Argentina, USA - January 9 2012 On December 13, 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the indictment of eight former executives and agents of Siemens AG and its subsidiaries for allegedly engaging in what the Department describes as "a decade-long scheme to bribe senior Argentine government officials to secure, implement and enforce a $1 billion contract with the Argentine government to produce national identity cards . . . .".

Robert L. Walker

FEC rules that corporation's directors are part of PAC's restricted class

USA - September 16 2010 In Advisory Opinion 2010-12 issued on August 13, 2010, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) addressed whether a corporation's board of directors are members of the corporation's "restricted class" and thus may be solicited for contributions to the corporation's federal PAC.

Jan Witold Baran

Crist campaign's copyright violation leads to public apology

USA - May 13 2011 Last month, former Florida governor and U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Crist issued a public apology for his campaign's unauthorized use of the quirky 1980s tune Road to Nowhere in a television commercial.

Michael E. Toner

Political law compliance does not stop at the border: an FCPA update

USA - May 12 2010 Recent large-scale investigations in two cases, hefty fines and a lengthy prison sentence highlight the government's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement activities.

Carol A. Laham