Election and Campaign Finance
Many elected officials at the local and state levels look to Butler Snow for legal representation in election challenges, voting rights issues and campaign finance matters. Beyond the traditional representation of elected officials on these issues, businesses need to understand the applicability of state and federal campaign finance laws and regulations. Our clients include corporations, trade associations, labor organizations, political committees, candidates, individuals and tax exempt entities.
Many businesses seek counsel from our team when confronted with the complex laws and regulations involving campaign contribution limits, political action committees (PACs) and corporate expenditures, both at the state and federal level. Our group regularly advises clients on matters related to pay-to-play rules, lobbying, gift/travel/entertainment limits, ethics rules, post-employment restrictions, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), Federal Election Committee (FEC) and applicable enforcement issues. We represent clients nationwide at the state and federal level in court and at administrative agency hearings on issues related to these matters.
We work with businesses and organizations on developing political law and government ethics compliance programs, including training companies in carrying out these programs. Evidence of effective compliance programs is valuable when defending against civil and administrative enforcement actions.
Our lawyers are well-versed in all aspects of election and campaign finance law. Our team includes a former state legislator and chiefs of staff to several governors as well as former chief counsels to a governor along with a former lead counsel for the Mississippi Standing Joint Legislative Committee on Reappointment and the Standing Joint Congressional Redistricting Committee. Backed by this experience, our lawyers have the expertise to handle any election or campaign finance issue that confronts businesses or elected officials.