The COVID-19 pandemic—and the historic $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) in particular—has focused a spotlight on lobbying. For countless individual businesses and certain sectors of the economy, interacting with federal, state and local government has never been so vital. As they more frequently interact with the various levels of government to ensure that their immediate and long-term needs are addressed, and that they are able to participate in grant and other stimulus-related programs to the greatest extent possible, the federal government and the states and localities continue to actively regulate lobbying. To avoid pitfalls and traps for the unwary, it is a critical time to examine the state of the complex and evolving web of lobbying laws and regulations across the United States.
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