CAMPAIGN FINANCE
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BEN PALKOWSKI
BEN PALKOWSKI

By way of background, I’m a dual-licensed attorney and certified public accountant with about a decade of experience working with political committees. I have also served as government relations counsel, representing trade associations, municipalities, labor unions and businesses before legislative and regulatory bodies.

 

Given my experience in politics, law and finance, my approach is pragmatic and holistic.

 

If you think I can help, contact me to start the conversation.

 

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Credentials

 

  • Licensed to appear in Massachusetts state courts
  • Licensed to practice public accounting in Massachusetts
  • Contributing writer to a 50 state handbook on campaign finance

 

Education

 

  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D.
  • Champlain College, B.S., Accounting, cum laude

SERVICES

When participating in elections, failure to play by the rules can result in expensive or embarrassing consequences. Meanwhile, scrutiny awaits from all directions — the media, government regulators, adversaries, watchdog groups and the electorate. Organizations can spend countless hours of staff time and thousands of dollars struggling their way through these rules, but there is a better alternative.

 

Political committees, businesses, trade associations and other tax-exempt entities come here for:

 

  • Specialty accounting services
  • Guidance on campaign finance compliance
  • Advice on operations and business practices
  • Help with legal matters

 

I am easy to get a hold of and travel anywhere in the United States. If you have any questions, you can feel free to contact me.

BEN PALKOWSKI
PALKOWSKI PAPERS

These are brief documents I have written, advising, in general terms, how political committees should approach a particular scenario or transaction.

 

Here, I review Bitcoin transactions through a campaign finance lens. As I discuss, Bitcoin has made its way into the political sphere, and the regulations are not quite keeping up.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE BLOG

If the above material is too dry, here’s some lighter reading. There’s a constant flow of interesting, sometimes crazy, and even hilarious stories surfacing with a campaign finance connection. I capture and comment on these news items, legal proceedings, and other developments here. Enjoy!

 

If you have any material you would like to share with me or have any questions, please feel free to send me a note. Thanks!

THE RULES AND OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

The Federal Election Commission is the regulatory agency charged with administering and enforcing federal campaign finance law. The Internal Revenue Service has jurisdiction over tax collection and the administration of the the federal tax code, which applies to certain political organizations. In addition, each state has its own campaign finance and tax regulators.

 

Political entities should also have general awareness of employment, intellectual property, insurance and contract laws to which they may be subject. But like many small businesses and nonprofits, political committees and separately segregated funds often do not employ full time legal or accounting professionals. Some of my recent work includes:

 

  • Providing guidance in proceedings before tax, ethics and campaign finance regulatory authorities
  • Creating and terminating political entities
  • Preparing guidelines for workplace policies
  • Advising on accounting, budgeting and internal controls
  • Conducting internal investigations

 

Thanks for your interest, and for making it this far down the page!