Recent Developments in FARA: Michael Cohen Hearing

Michael Cohen’s testimony on February 27, 2018 before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform featured several heated exchanges, including one particular line of questioning about the Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”) from Mark Meadows (R-NC). Congressman Meadows suggested during the hearing that Mr. Cohen’s work for several foreign…

Updates on Congressional Action on FARA Reform

Amid high-profile cases involving the Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”), some Members of Congress have expressed increased interest in improving transparency and enforcement of FARA. Their efforts have thus far stalled, but the landscape could be shifting toward reform.  Here are notable pieces of legislation and other congressional actions to…

Recent FARA Development: Skadden Pays $4.6 Million in Settlement

The Department of Justice recently announced a landmark settlement agreement with the prominent law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  Skadden acknowledges in the agreement that it should have registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”) for its work on behalf of the Government of Ukraine.  The…

The Foreign Agents Registration Act: A Brief Plain-Language Guide

The Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”) is arguably more prominent now than at any point in its 80-year history.  What is FARA?  What are the key concepts and exemptions contained in the statute?  What are FARA’s enforcement standards? Find out in our brief plain-language guide on FARA, which answers these…

MEDIA ADVISORY: Caplin & Drysdale Launches FARA.us Website, a Centralized Resource of FARA Information

www.FARA.us Offers Informational Resources to Researchers, Journalists, and Potential Foreign Agents WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 22, 2019: Caplin & Drysdale‘s Political Law Group today announced the launch of a new website – www.FARA.us – to serve as an informational resource to the regulated community and to journalists seeking a better understanding of the Foreign Agents…

FAQs about Letters of Inquiry from the Department of Justice FARA Unit

The Department of Justice’s FARA Registration Unit regularly issues what are called “Letters of Inquiry” when it believes an individual, company, non-profit, consultancy, or other party may need to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”).  Below are frequently asked questions about FARA Letters of Inquiry. What gives rise…

Welcome to FARA.us

Caplin & Drysdale welcomes you to FARA.us, which is a new informational resource for the regulated community about the Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”).  This site is the first online resource to provide detailed summaries of advisory opinions issued by the Department of Justice’s FARA Unit, descriptions of major FARA…