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Checking up on Maryland localities' compliance with new state ethics requirement

USA - March 15 2012 In 2010, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation requiring counties and municipalities to adopt codes of ethics and lobbying rules that were at least as strict as state law.

Carol A. Laham

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

State and local roundup: California amends gift rules; Philadelphia moves forward with lobbying ordinance; and New York's newest regulator is operational

USA - January 9 2012 Recently, the California Fair Political Practices Commission adopted a series of amendments to its gift regulations. 

Carol A. Laham, D. Mark Renaud, Brandis L. Zehr

FEC round-up: FEC takes action in three matters

USA - November 16 2011 The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently made three significant decisions involving permissible separate segregated fund activities, the date that certain independent expenditures are publicly disseminated for reporting purposes and a new step in the latter stages of FEC enforcement matters.

Michael E. Toner

Governor signs new legislation amending placement agent lobbyist registration and reporting

USA - November 16 2011 Last year, California enacted legislation requiring certain placement agents doing business with California state and local public retirement systems to register and report as lobbyists. 

D. Mark Renaud