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Political Law

The attorneys on LeClairRyan’s Political Law Team practice at the intersection of politics and the law.  Our team focuses on:

  • Federal and state election law and campaign finance regulation
  • First Amendment and political advocacy litigation, including constitutional challenges to legislation and regulation
  • Defense of political corruption charges, campaign finance and disclosure charges, ethics compliance and investigations, and congressional investigations
  • Internal investigations and compliance programs
  • Lobbying and lobbying disclosure
  • Tax exempt political organizations, including political action committees
  • Corporate political activities disclosure and related issues and investigations

Team members have represented and continue to represent candidates for President of the United States and their campaigns, members of Congress and their staff members, state and local elected officials, campaign officials, political appointees, political action committees, and political and special interest organizations.

Representative Matters

  • General Counsel Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign
  • Representation of individuals involved in delegate challenges at the 2012 Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida
  • General Counsel to Senatorial SuperPAC
  • Advised campaigns and political action committees involved in 2016 Presidential election
  • Representation of individuals, political action committees, campaigns, and candidates before the Federal Election Commission
  • Representation of individuals and political not-for-profit organizations in copyright and trademark litigation
  • Representation of individuals and political not-for-profit organizations in First Amendment litigation
  • Representation of political not-for-profit organizations targeted by the IRS
  • Representation of political not-for-profit organizations targeted by States seeking donor disclosure
  • Representation of political not-for-profit organizations related to state-based charity solicitation registration and compliance
  • Outside general counsel to numerous political not-for-profit organizations advising on employment matters, litigation, and all aspects of business operations and legal compliance
  • Represented political figures, professional athletes, and other individuals in publishing, broadcast, and public appearance contracts
  • Counsel to the Special Counsel to the United States Senate Select Committee on Ethics in the investigation of former Senator John Ensign
  • Representation of the most senior Executive Branch official involved in the Jack Abramoff investigation
  • Representation of individuals before congressional committees and prepared clients for staff testimony and testimony before public hearings
  • Representation of two witnesses in the criminal case against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell
  • Representation of former presidential candidate in grand jury appearance
  • Representation of a congressman’s chief-of-staff in political corruption investigation
  • Representation of former presidential campaign manager in criminal case involving election reporting fraud
  • Representation of not-for-profit organization in investigation of its financial relationship with Hillary Clinton
  • Representation of not-for-profit in challenge to the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act
  • Representation of encrypted e-mail service provider that was subpoenaed to turn over SSL and other passwords as part of a national security investigation
  • Representative of former CIA clandestine agent in case seeking disgorgement of profits for unauthorized book