Archive for the ‘Training & Events’ Category

Young Leadership Network Happy Hour 8/19/2010

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 by Brittany

Join the Young Leadership Network for a networking happy hour from 5-7 pm at Ping Pong Dim Sum in Chinatown next Thursday (8/19).

About the YLN: The Young Leadership Network, an extension of the American League of Lobbyists, exists to provide young professionals with a peer-to-peer network designed to foster deep roots in Washington and throughout the lobbying community. The YLN hosts monthly networking happy hours in the DC metro area on the 3rd Thursday of each month as well as other events throughout the year.

Ping Pong Restaurant
900 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Questions? Contact Brittany Carter at

ALL Helps Sponsor National Press Club Charity

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 by Vbhotla

The American League of Lobbyists co-sponsored the National Press Club’s July 17 “Beat the Deadline” 5K race providing scholarships for journalism students. They also provided a team for the race.

American League of Lobbyists' team for the "Beat the Deadline" 5K

ALL Team Members: Front row, L: Latasha Kindrick, PAC Outsourcing LLC; Brittany Carter, Lobbyists.Info; Janice Brannon, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Back row: Don Erickson, Security Industry Association; Paul Kangas, Assurant; and Jeff Patch, Center for Competitive Politics.

Team Member Paul Kanitra, Keys to the Capitol, is not pictured.

YLN Wine Tasting and Networking Event

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 by Brittany

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Join ALL’s Young Leadership Network (YLN) for an evening of wine tasting and networking at Screwtop Wine Bar in Clarendon, VA. A sommelier will be there to guide us through a tasting of Italian wines, and light appetizers will be served. This is a great way to meet other industry professionals and learn a thing or two about wine!

While the event is hosted by the YLN, we enourage government relations professionals of all ages to join the fun. We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to register.

Date: July 21, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Screwtop Wine Bar
1025 North Fillmore Street
Arlington, VA 22201
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Closest Metro: Clarendon (Orange Line)

Cost: $10/ALL Members; $15/Nonmembers Click here to register!

SPACE IS LIMITED. Deadline for Registration is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 20

Four Reasons to Attend LD-203 Ethics Boot Camp

Friday, July 2nd, 2010 by Vbhotla

1. As a lobbyist listed on an LD-2, you must file an LD-203. The LD-203 has civil and criminal penalties attached to it. If you fill out a legally binding document incorrectly, you run the risk of opening yourself (and your company) up to damaging PR and DOJ investigations. Learn exactly what you’re signing and why, at the audioconference.

2. Cleta Mitchell. Cleta is one of the nation’s leading political lawyers and an expert on the LD-203 and related issues. Take advantage of the situation to ask your own specific questions, before you have to answer questions from DOJ lawyers.

3. Learn how to record-keep properly. The statute requires a certain number of years’ worth of record-keeping. Learn how to properly retain what you’ll need in the event of an audit or internal investigation.

4. Get proof of your good-faith effort to understand the law. A quick but detailed survey after the conference tests your knowledge of the topics and provides you with proof of training – particularly useful in the event of a GAO audit.

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Lobbying Compliance Handbook adds new campaign finance chapter

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 by Brittany
This practical and easy-to-use guide provides authoritative answers to all your questions about lobbying under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 as amended by HLOGA.  Reserve your copy today!

The Lobbying Compliance Handbook covers everything from the lobbying activities that require disclosure to the specific steps government relations professionals, lobbying firms, associations and government contractors must take to maintain the required records and paperwork certifications.

The 2010 edition will be released this July. Click here to reserve or renew your copy.

LD-203 Filing Bootcamp: Ethics Certification and Training

Monday, June 14th, 2010 by Brittany

Training Date: 7/13/2010     Time: 2:00-3:30 EST   Registration: Click here

Twice a year in partnership with Cleta Mitchell runs an LD-203 filing bootcamp to prepare lobbyists for their filing.

This three-part program ensures that you and your entire staff will come away confident that you understand the rules of ethical conduct for lobbyists and non-lobbying personnel alike.

Part 1: The audioconference: This session engages your team in LD203 training with the nation’s leading authority on the new lobbying ethics laws, Cleta Mitchell. Every participant will learn what’s required for compliance so they can be confident filing — and signing — the LD203.

Part 2: Online assessment: Our online system makes sure each registrant reads the necessary information on the rules and compliance requirements prior to the conference. Then, after the audioconference, participants complete the YES/NO questions on the 10-Point Charter of Understanding.

Part 3: Training certification: When participants successfully complete the Charter, they receive hardcopy Certificates of Training (sent to the main registrant) that may be retained as evidence of good faith efforts at LD203 compliance.

Sign up your entire team to listen in for practical guidance on the LD-203 that can protect contributions — and lobbying careers, including:

  • What your certification “under penalty of perjury” means, and how the government intends to enforce monitoring and breach
  • The specific gift and travel rules for House, Senate and Executive branch “covered” officials for which you must certify your understanding
  • The most likely breaches you may unknowingly have committed — and what to do before you certify to address any problems
  • The supporting records you and your firm must maintain to support the certification

Register today!

Lobbyists vs. Congress Basketball Game Announced

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 by Brittany

This year’s Hoops for Youth Lobbyists vs. Congress basketball game will take place on September 14. This great fundraising event takes place annually and has raised over $400,000 to date for multiple children’s charities in the area. I strongly encourage people to attend. I promise, it is always entertaining! Who doesn’t want to see Members and Lobbyists battle it out on the court for a good cause? In addition to the main game there is also a Hill day for the kids, a kids basketball clinic and silent auction.

Previous Congressional players include: Sen. John Thune, Reps.  John Shimkus, Ron Kind, Jeff Flake, Jay Inslee, Rick Larsen, Todd Tiahrt, Kendrick Meek, William Clay, Steve Scalise, Brad Ellsworth, Dean Heller, Todd Platt, Charlie Dent and Frank LoBiondo.

Visit for more details.

Main Event: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Location: Smith Center, George Washington University
Tip off 6:00 p.m. – Congressional Staff Game
Tip off 7:00 p.m. – Member of Congress Game

Adult 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
July 24, 2010 – Georgetown Visitation

Hill Day For Kids
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 – Capitol Hill

Youth Basketball Clinic
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 – Smith Center

Youth Basketball Tournament
November 13-14, 2010 – Georgetown Visitation

Last Minute Training Reminder: HLOGA & FARA Session

Friday, June 4th, 2010 by Vbhotla hosts Lobbying Certificate Programs in conjunction with the American League of Lobbyists. Coming up on Monday is one of our perennial favorites (and a required class for those earning their Professional Lobbying Certificate): Lobbying Disclosure and Compliance.

When: June 7, 2010
Where: Hall of States, Washington DC (teleconference available)
LCP Credits: 1 (required for completion of certificate program)
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Our session includes an in-depth look at the LDA, HLOGA, and FARA, and we’ll cover best practices for maintaining compliance – and knowing what to do if your firm or organization’s lobbying activities are audited by the GAO.

We’ll have seasoned lobbying law pros in attendance to present the law – and answer your questions, including:

  • Caleb Burns, Wiley Rein
  • Ron Jacobs, Venable
  • D.E. Wilson, Venable
  • Mark Ward, Ward & Lawless

Register here today!

ALL to host training session on LDA, HLOGA, FARA

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 by Brittany

When: June 7, 2010
Where: Hall of States, Washington DC (teleconference available)
LCP Credits: 1 (required for completion of certificate program)
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Required as part of the Lobbyist Certificate Program (LCP), this core session arms you with the practical know-how to comply with today’s lobbying regulations and keep the media and opponents from using your filings and disclosures against you.

From bundling regulations (which recently tripped up several PACs), to gifts, events and communications, you will learn how to avoid pitfalls in registering and filing the LD-1 form, as well as what information to provide on the quarterly LD-2 and semiannual LD-203 reports. You’ll also learn how FARA regulations apply to lobbying on behalf of foreign government and political entities.

Maximize District-Based Lobbying Efforts

Monday, May 24th, 2010 by Brittany

On June 15 is hosting an audioconference on developing a district-based lobbying program. Speaker Stephanie Vance of Advocacy Associates will reveal a step-by-step plan for creating a district-level advocacy program that engages members of Congress in discussions about how new policies will affect local interests and the future of the community. You’ll come away with practical guidance on everything from the logistics of planning events, to strategies for getting time on representatives’ busy schedules.

For more information and to register click here.

PACs and Campaign Finance Training Event Monday

Thursday, May 20th, 2010 by Vbhotla and the American League of Lobbyists are hosting our second Lobbying Certificate Program session this year on PACs & Campaign Finance this coming Monday, May 24, from 8:45am-1:15pm.

Our sessions include a detailed presentation on rules, reporting, and thinking through an ethics situation in regard to a PAC; legal implications of LD-203 filings and other campaign finance laws; a look at the different types of PACs and Q&A with PAC experts.

In attendance to talk about registering, reporting, fundraising, staying on the right side of the FEC, and all things PAC, we’ll have:

  • Officials from the FEC
  • Caleb Burns, Wiley Rein LLP
  • Gregg Knopp, American Council of Engineering Companies
  • Wade Williams, PAC Outsourcing LLC
  • Latasha Kindrick, PAC Outsourcing LLC
  • Gordon Reel, Enterprise Holdings

Join us for a great session! Register here. More information on the Lobbying Certificate Program is here at the American League of Lobbyists’ site.

Travel & Events: Overview

Friday, April 30th, 2010 by Vbhotla

Yesterday, hosted an audioconference with Ki P. Hong of Skadden Arps, a top political law practitioner.

While of course we want you to attend our seminars to get the full inside scoop, here’s a look at a couple of the topics he covered.

  • Overview of the LDA / HLOGA filing requirements: In order to register as a lobbying entity (with in-house lobbyists): A company must have at least one employee who spends 20% or more of his or her working time engaging in lobbying activity; That same employee must have made 2 or more lobbying contacts; and the company must spend more than $11,500 on such lobbying activity over a 3-month period.  If registering a lobbying firm, the same personal thresholds, AND the firm’s  lobbying income for a particular client must exceed $3,000 over a 3-month period.
  • LD-203 filing: As a best practice, make sure your company, association, or lobbying firm has a robust and enforceable gift policy across all levels, not just for your government relations staff.
  • Sponsoring travel: organizations employing or retaining a lobbyist to lobby on their own behalf may sponsor one-day travel for members of Congress or Congressional staffers, but MUST submit their proposed sponsorship to the appropriate (House or Senate) Ethics Committee for pre-approval.

More detailed info on sponsoring travel & events is in our handy-dandy Compliance Center.

Travel and Events Training Session this Thursday

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 by Brittany

Join Ki P. Hong of Skadden Arps – one of the nation’s leading legal authorities on HLOGA – as he explains exactly how travel and event requirements have changed since 2007, including how to comply with tough certification rules that apply even to employees not usually covered by lobbying law (including federal contractors).

Click here for complete conference details and to register online.