When engaging in political activity, 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 better alternatives exist.
Political committees, businesses, trade associations and other tax-exempt entities come here for:
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.
I just may be the best option for your organization if you are looking for:
Objectivity – Many political committees operate in a nonpartisan fashion anyway, but even organizations with a partisan objective have responsibilities ill-suited for partisan operatives.
Experience – Having worked with a wide range of entities, including businesses, labor unions, political parties, Super PACs, 501(c) organizations and separately segregated funds, I spot the issues and help implement best practices.
Flexibility – I’m easy to get a hold of from anywhere in the United States, and travel to clients’ places of business regularly.
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 keeping up.
Here, I discuss the duties and liabilities associated with political committee treasurers. Treasurers may find it surprising that certain violations could result in personal liability.
Here, I consider the recordkeeping requirements for the separately segregated funds of corporations, trade associations and labor unions. As you will see, the requirements for a particular transaction vary depending on type, form and amount.
The Federal Election Commission is the independent regulatory agency charged with administering and enforcing the federal campaign finance law. Meanwhile, the Internal Revenue Service is the nation’s tax collection agency and administers the Internal Revenue Code, which applies to certain political organizations. In addition, each state his its own parallel campaign finance and tax regulatory authorities.