Business Law

Government Affairs Compliance

The Government Affairs Compliance Group of Quarles & Brady is comprised of attorneys and legal assistants who assist corporations and organizations in complying with the myriad laws regulating their involvement in the political process.

We advise corporate clients with respect to lobbying, ethics, campaign finance, and pay-to-play matters arising at the local, 50 state, and federal level. We understand that it is vital for our clients to actively engage in the political process to ensure that government actions—whether legislative, executive, or administrative and whether state, local, or federal—are consistent with their business interests.

We also understand how even minor, unintentional compliance miscues can quickly derail the most carefully planned government affairs initiatives. We partner with our clients and strive to provide prompt, reliable advice and thorough compliance management to safeguard our clients’ dealings with public officials, thereby maximizing their intended effects.

Lobbying

We help clients determine when their interaction with a public official triggers a lobbying registration requirement, review proposed events and expenditures to determine whether they are permissible and/or reportable, and advise clients regarding proper disclosure of their lobbying activities. We prepare and file all required disclosures.

Ethics

We advise clients as to the rules limiting gifts and honoraria to public officials and public employees. We help clients identify restrictions imposed by local, state and federal ethics laws, civil service regulations, and public agency policies. We identify and file all necessary reports.

Campaign Finance

We assist clients who provide direct support for candidates, as well as those who establish political action committees, conduit committees, 501(c)(4), (5) and (6) organizations, and Section 527 political organizations. We review and approve proposed contribution for permissibility, limitations, and reporting obligations.

Corporate Policies, Procedures & Audits

We help clients develop and implement compliance policies, operating procedures, and training materials. We also regularly perform compliance assessments to test existing policies and procedures, and to recommend improvements.

Tailored Services

We offer services that fit our clients’ individual needs, not one-size-fits-all solutions. We provide a wide range of services from policy consulting to administration of company-wide compliance programs in all 50 states. We meet our client's needs after careful, personal review of their business and government affairs compliance needs.

Technology

Our compliance team has made significant investments in developing tools that allow us to offer personal, robust compliance programs for clients with exceptional cost and time efficiency. For example, we have developed custom extranets that allow our clients to access all past filings, maintain organized records and obtain quick answers to common questions. We utilize state of the art software platforms for PAC management.

Assessment Services

We also provide assessment services to companies who are looking to evaluate their compliance with the laws surrounding federal, state and local campaign finance, lobbying, ethics and pay-to-play requirements. We do diligence that involves conducting extensive interviews, compiling reporting data, reviewing policies and procedures, among other things. We produce a thorough report that reviews areas in need of improvement, makes comparisons to industry best standards, and provides concrete solutions to any areas of need.