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Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 12:15 PM

Norton, Kahl to Speak on Corporate Political Activity to Baltimore ACC Members

BALTIMORE—The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Citizens United v. FEC has greatly changed the political landscape for corporate political activity. No one has been following these events more closely than Womble Carlyle attorneys Larry Norton and Jim Kahl, and they will share their knowledge with Baltimore-area in-house attorneys on March 31st.

Norton and Kahl will be speaking at the monthly luncheon meeting of Association of Corporate Counsel's Baltimore Chapter. Their program is entitled, "Corporate Political Activity this Election Year - Treacherous Waters & Safe Harbors."

In the current environment, corporations have tremendous opportunities for political activity—but the also face great risks from noncompliance.

This program will familiarize business leaders with the Citizens United case and other developments in the regulation of political activity and lobbying. Norton and Kahl will address the elusive line between corporate and volunteer campaign activity, and why the distinction is so important. And they will discuss how companies and their executives can protect themselves from potential fines and criminal penalties, preserve their ability to compete for government contracts, and avoid the harm to business reputation that can occur from missteps in this area.

The event takes place at the Capital Grill, 500 E. Pratt St. in Baltimore. For more information or to register, please contact Stacey Stepek at (410) 691-6541 or via email.

About the Speakers

Larry Norton and Jim Kahl head Womble Carlyle's Political Law Practice. They represent corporations, trade associations, non-profit organizations, and others in connection with campaign finance, lobbying, and gift laws. Before joining Womble Carlyle, Norton and Kahl served as General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel, respectively, of the Federal Election Commission from 2001-2007. Norton and Kahl filed a brief in the Supreme Court in support of the winning party in the Citizens United case.

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