CAMPAIGN FINANCE
COMPLIANCE AND ORGANIZATIONAL CONSULTING
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STAY OUT OF TROUBLE

Failure to play by the rules, whether participating in the legislative process or elections, can lead to expensive or embarrassing consequences. Meanwhile, scrutiny awaits from all directions — the media, government regulators, adversaries, watchdog groups and the electorate.

 

Political committees, businesses, trade associations and other tax-exempt entities come here for guidance in sorting out these rules, saving money and hours of staff time in doing so. From startup to dissolution, and executing your political operation’s mission along the way, you have come to the right place.

BEN PALKOWSKI
BEN PALKOWSKI

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 unique combination of experience, my campaign finance counseling 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

CORE SERVICES

Flexibility is key and the range of services can fall anywhere from a call for help to something resembling an active leader. This could include fulfilling interim duties in times of board, management or staff transition.

 

Finally, political committees and other organizations come here when a question or undertaking encompasses potential tax or campaign finance implications which fall outside of the scope of their team’s expertise.

BEN PALKOWSKI
PAC ADMINISTRATION

Ongoing campaign finance compliance and reporting:

 

  • COMPLIANCE – Review of solicitation programs, financial transactions, staffing structure, and advertisements to ensure compliance with tax and campaign finance laws.
  • DISCLOSURE REPORTING – Preparation of campaign finance, ethics, and lobbying disclosure reports.
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

In addition to regular administration and financial oversight, various one-off issues arise over the course of a political committee’s life cycle and require attention. Some of the recent work here includes:

 

  • Providing guidance in proceedings before tax, ethics and campaign finance regulatory authorities
  • Forming new entities and separately segregated funds
  • Preparing guidelines for workplace handbooks
  • Advising on accounting, budgeting and internal controls
  • Conducting internal investigations
  • Winding down operations and dissolving entities
CONSIDERATIONS AND HELPFUL RESOURCES

The Federal Election Commission is the independent 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 within its borders its own campaign finance and tax regulators.

 

Political entities should also have general awareness of employment, intellectual property and contract laws to which they may be subject.



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