Posts Tagged ‘election law’

Liz Howard Honored by The College of William & Mary

Posted on April 4th, 2014

The Election Law Society at the College of William and Mary Law School awarded Liz Howard (J.D. ’09) with the ELS Alumnus of the Year Award. In addition to her regular outstanding practice advising candidates, committees, non-profits, and lobbyists on election law matters, Ms. Howard was also recognized for her tireless work last November serving on the recount team for the Mark Herring for Attorney General [of Virginia]. She was also recognized for her work as lead counsel of the victorious recount team for Lynwood Lewis, whose state Senate special election decided control of the Virginia State Senate.

Ms. Howard was honored on March 21st at the second annual D.C. Friends of ELS Reception.

Reiff Offers Preview of Campaign Finance in 2014

Posted on December 16th, 2013

Neil Reiff has written a new article for Campaigns and Elections magazine this morning, offering a preview of several campaign finance issues likely to come to the forefront in 2014. With 2014 midterms right around the corner, Mr. Reiff identifies five issues likely to make news in the new year:

  • Super PACs expanding their influence into state and local races
  • States raising contribution limits
  • The McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court case and its impacts on federal and state aggregate contribution limits
  • A continued push for more disclosure from 501(c)(4) groups, especially as it regards to political spending by such groups
  • Potential for a new push from Congress  to reform campaign finance laws, especially Super PAC

You can read Mr. Reiff’s entire article here.

Liz Howard

Posted on September 30th, 2013

Liz Howard was quoted in a recent article in the Daily Online Examiner regarding disclaimer rules for mobile ads. At issue is whether political ads that appear on mobile phones need to include disclaimer language indicating who paid for the ad and if it was authorized by a candidate. Such disclaimers are traditionally found in tv, print, and online advertisements. Ms. Howard told the Daily Online Examiner that if a disclaimer is not included in an ad, the Federal Elections Commission may fine the campaign up to $5,000, or the amount of money spent on the ad, whichever is greater.

However, in an Advisory Opinion Request to the FEC, SRYL client Revolution Messaging asked that mobile ads be exempt from disclaimer requirements due to ads’ small sizes on mobile phones. This would put them in a category similar to bumper stickers and lapel pins, rather than traditional paid media.

Read the full article here.

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