Fall 2017 Course Schedule

Law of Elections: Lobbying & Political Advocacy (LAW-795EL-001)
Holly Schadler, Michael Trister

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:50 PM (Th) - Warren - Room N105

Enrolled: 17 / Limit: 22

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Politics today is a highly regulated industry in the United States. Political actors, including individuals, corporations, nonprofits and unions, face serious consequences if they fail to comply with a wide array of expenditure prohibitions, registration rules and reporting requirements. The course will focus primarily on the two types of political advocacy, efforts to influence legislative and executive branch actions, commonly referred to as lobbying, and campaign intervention through contributions and independent expenditures.

The course will survey the major sources of regulation applicable to political advocacy, from the tax rules covering nonprofit organizations to federal and state campaign finance rules, with a focus on recent Supreme Court decisions and their impact on future efforts to regulate in this area.

The overall objective of the course is to introduce students to the laws and regulations that govern political advocacy and elections in the United States, to review the evolution of these laws and explore current proposals and initiatives to reforming these laws to increase participation and address corruption and free speech issues. The course will be taught from a practitioner’s viewpoint focusing on the fundamental issues that organizations and individuals confront in complying with these laws.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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There is no treatise or case book that addresses the range of topics covered by the course. Therefore, we plan to put the following treatises and case books on hold in the library. While the readings for the course will be pertinent cases and other materials addressing the issues discussed in class, students may find it useful to read selections from these case books and treatises to supplement the course reading to provide an overview of particular issues and topics.

Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Bruce Hopkins, Tenth Edition

Election Law: Cases and Materials, Daniel Hays Lowenstein, Richard L. Hasen and Daniel P. Tokaji

Political Activity, Lobbying Laws and Gift Rules Guide, Potter and Birkenstock

First Class Readings

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