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Corporate Political Activities Deskbook

Author(s): Kenneth A. Gross, Ki P. Hong, Patricia M. Zweibel
Practice Area: Corporate political activity, Lobbying (Political activity law), Political activity law, Regulation and compliance (Political activity law)
Date: Jul 2017 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402429569
PLI Item #: 223645

Corporate Political Activities Deskbook provides a thorough grounding in the current state of the law on federal and state campaign finance, pay-to-play, lobbying, and gift compliance. It serves as a practical manual for in-house attorneys who advise corporations about involvement in the political process.

After describing the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United—that began the expansion of permitted corporate speech in the political realmand McCutcheon v. FEC—that expanded the exemption further, the book examines thoroughly the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) requirements, federal lobbying and gift rules, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and practice and appearances before the FEC. The Deskbook includes an overview of state lobbying, gift, placement agent rules and pay-to-play rules as well as the federal pay-to-play rules (MSRB Rule G-37, SEC Rule 206(4)-5 and FINRA's proposed pay-to-play rule).

Appendices include model documents, such as sample PAC bylaws, a PAC contribution card, a resolution for establishing a PAC, as well as a summary chart of the corporate, PAC and individual contribution limits in each of the 50 states.

Corporate Political Activities Deskbook provides practical examples of best practices and “dos and don’ts.” In many cases, the suggestions go beyond the black letter requirements to incorporate advice that can help corporations utilize the available avenues of interacting with the government while avoiding negative press, and public as well as legal regulatory attention.

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Patricia M. Zweibel
Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Political Law

Patricia Zweibel advises clients on government affairs matters at the federal, state and local levels, including ethics, lobbying, pay-to-play, conflict-of-interest and campaign finance.

Ms. Zweibel is known for her experience with state and federal pay-to-play laws, particularly SEC pay-to-play Rule 206(4)-5, and she advises clients extensively on compliance policies, procedures and implementation. She conducts employee training sessions on pay-to-play compliance and works with clients on internal investigations and SEC audits. She also advises on the placement agent rules and policies of state and local public pension systems.

Ms. Zweibel represents clients before federal enforcement agencies such as the Office of Congressional Ethics and the Department of Justice, and before state enforcement agencies and ethics commissions. She regularly advises clients on federal and state lobby registration laws, in particular compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act and the Foreign Agents Registration Act. She also advises clients on municipal advisor issues under Dodd-Frank, and on compliance issues raised under the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (the STOCK Act), which confirms that insider trading provisions in the ‘34 Act and Rule 10b-5 apply to Congress and other federal officials.

Ms. Zweibel also counsels clients on the tax law issues raised by government affairs activity, including issues of tax-exempt entities engaged in political affairs and lobbying, the tax treatment of lobbying expenses, and grassroots lobbying. In addition, she advises clients on tax matters of IRC Section 527 organizations (PACs).

Ms. Zweibel is a co-author of the Practising Law Institute’s “Corporate Political Activities Deskbook.”


LL.M. in Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center, 2009 (with distinction; Dean’s List)
J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 2000 (with honors)
B.M., Eastman School of Music, 1984

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


Co-Author, “Corporate Political Activities Deskbook,” Practising Law Institute (2012)

Professional Experience

Senior Counsel (2006-2008) and Attorney-Adviser (2000-2006), Internal Revenue Service, Office of Associate Chief Counsel, Income Tax & Accounting