A Campaign Finance Law Conundrum

Seth D. Uram

It’s Monday morning, you are contemplating your twentieth consecutive 70-hour workweek as a first-year associate, and you receive the following email from the founding partner of your firm:

To all attorneys, paralegals, and support staff:

A former senior partner of the firm is running for the US Senate. I have agreed to be her campaign finance chairperson. I expect everyone in the firm wants to contribute $2,300 to this candidate. If anyone cannot afford $2,300, the firm will reimburse them by issuing a $2,300 bonus check (net after payroll tax deductions) at the end of the quarter.

What do you do? What can you do without violating federal campaign finance law? Before making a decision, you decide a brief review of campaign finance law is in order.

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