ExperienceEthics Agencies – Representation & Enforcement

  • Over the course of several decades, the firm has represented clients of all types—campaign committees, corporate clients, individual donors, etc.—in hundreds of audits by various federal, state and local ethics enforcement agencies, including the Federal Elections Commission, California Political Practices Commission, New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics, Texas Ethics Commission, etc.
  • Nielsen Merksamer attorneys recently worked in conjunction with criminal co-counsel representing a business that was alleged to have made “laundered” campaign contributions in California.
  • In Citizens to Save California v. California Fair Political Practices Commission, 145 Cal. App. 4th 736 (2006), the firm successfully challenged a California Fair Political Practices Commission regulation restricting contributions to candidate-controlled ballot measure committees, on the ground that it exceeded the Commission’s statutory powers. The firm also earlier obtained an injunction preventing the FPPC from investigating Citizens to Save California’s compliance with the challenged regulation while the suit was pending.
  • In Community Coalition Against Beverage Taxes v. City of Richmond, Case No. 3:12-cv-04545-CRB (N.D. Cal. 2012), the firm obtained a preliminary injunction against enforcement of Richmond’s unconstitutionally-burdensome disclaimer requirements for campaign mailings. The City’s ordinance was then amended to remove the offending provisions.
  • Nielsen Merksamer also closely monitors the regulatory and rule-making proceedings of ethics agencies across the country, to keep its clients abreast of developments and changes.