It’s a fundamental tenet of civics that everyone has the right to participate in governing our nation–whether that means voting, contributing to a political campaign, taking part in lobbying efforts, or running for public office. But the current enforcement environment has turned that landscape into a potential minefield.
Those who participate in the political process can experience legal, political, and administrative challenges. Our team advises individuals, organizations, and government officials on issues involving campaign finance, redistricting, ballot access, direct democracy initiatives, lobbying and electoral strategy, PAC and nonprofit group formation and operation, and legal compliance. And our litigators have decades of experience representing and advising clients in all aspects of election law and political matters.
The attorneys in our Political and Election Law Group represent government agencies and officials, candidates and contributors, lobbyists and PACs, trade associations, political parties, and corporations wishing to engage in the political process. We understand the complexities of this fast-changing field of practice and offer comprehensive, goal-oriented solutions to clients across the country.
Much of our experience is hands-on. Before they began representing clients in private practice, many of our attorneys played leading roles as campaign strategists in federal and state elections or held prominent positions in administrations on both sides of the aisle. And some–including former Pennsylvania Governor and Democratic National Committee Chair Edward G. Rendell–have held public office themselves.
Our Political and Election Law Group works in conjunction with our Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs and Contracting practice. We believe that the most effective way for business to interact with government is to be proactive, not reactive. Keeping our clients' interests paramount, we anticipate and analyze decision-makers' strategies and actions, then develop an approach that harmonizes government objectives and our clients' business aims.
We offer a range of services to clients in state capitals across the nation. We monitor and provide data on the activities of government and give direct assistance in legislative efforts, ensuring that our clients' voices are heard by policymakers and regulators. In economic development and government contracting matters, we help clients identify and pursue opportunities that fit their business needs.
Many of our attorneys have worked in government. As a result, we know how to structure transactions that meet the requirements of public programs promoting business expansion and economic development. Our team is positioned to develop and execute state-by-state strategies for meeting a variety of goals across industries, and we move aggressively to protect those goals when they are threatened.
We help clients navigate the growing number of laws governing the political process, including those regulating federal and state campaign finance, lobbying disclosure, and government ethics. We offer comprehensive compliance counseling on issues including:
- FEC campaign finance
- Federal, state, and local “pay-to-play” laws
- Corporate political disclosure
- Drafting and implementation of institutional compliance programs
- Compliance audits, including state-by-state analysis
- Political committee formation, governance, support, and operations
- Lobbying, legislative, and electoral strategy
- Political advertising and social media campaigns
- Political tax and tax-exempt organizations
- Guidance on the Lobbying Disclosure Act, gift rules, and federal election laws
- Voting rights and election administration
Our litigation team has handled a significant number of high-profile redistricting and election law cases and we represent government, corporate, and political clients in civil and criminal campaign finance matters. We work closely with lawyers in our White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations Group, which has defended donors, prominent public and elected officials, Fortune 500 corporations and their senior officers and directors.
Our experience includes:
- FEC and DOJ enforcement
- Corporate internal investigations
- State and local enforcement
- Election-related litigation
- Government investigations
Joseph A. Kanefield