Skip to Search
Skip to Main Content
Main Content

Political Law

  • Overview
  • Attorneys & Professionals
  • Updates, News & Presentations
  • Representative Experience

Godfrey & Kahn regularly advises on campaign finance, lobbying and ethics regulation, tax regulation of lobbying and political activities and election law.

Our clients are businesses, trade associations, advocacy and political organizations as well as political consultants and lobbyists.  Godfrey & Kahn does not represent candidates or political parties and the firm does not have a lobbying practice. Instead, we provide legal services to the independent organizations and professionals in the lobbying and political industry.

In all of these areas, we provide on-going counsel to our clients as an accessible and ready resource.  When necessary, we also work on responding to investigations and other regulatory actions.  And, we assist many of our clients on internal compliance matters and training. 

Campaign Finance

We counsel clients on state and federal campaign finance matters including:

  • Establishing and operating PACs and superPACs, including assistance on registration and reporting
  • “Major purpose” standards and the scope of state and federal regulation
  • Use of corporate facilities and funds for political purposes
  • In-kind contributions involving polling, research and other benefits to candidates and political parties
  • Structuring contribution programs and preparing opinion and transmittal letters for specific contributions
  • Drafting anti-coordination and firewall documents while advising on independent and coordinated activities
  • Pre-publication review of independent communications
  • Working with initiative and referendum groups on formation and operations

We regularly represent clients before the Federal Election Commission as well as state and local regulatory agencies.

Lobbying and Ethics Regulation

We counsel clients on state and federal lobbying and ethics matters including:

  • State and federal regulation and reporting requirements for direct lobbying activities
  • Counsel on state registration and reporting thresholds for grassroots lobbying communications
  • Advising on pay-to-play laws
  • Compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act and other issues involving foreign principals
  • Counsel on gift restrictions and other ethics issues applicable to lobbyists and lobbying organizations

Tax Regulation of Lobbying and Political Activity

We counsel clients on the regulation of lobbying and political activity under the Internal Revenue Code including:

  • Establishing and operating section 501(c)(4) advocacy groups and section 527 political organizations
  • Counsel to section 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, section 501(c)(5) labor organizations and section 501(c)(6) trade associations
  • Representing tax-exempt clients in responding to IRS complaints as well as audits of their lobbying and political activities

Election Law

We counsel clients on state election law matters including:

  • Structuring GOTV and voter registration programs
  • Advising on early voting laws, vote-by-mail and other absentee ballot issues
  • Use of polling place observers and other voter integrity programs
Zachary Bemis

Bemis, Zachary P.

Special Counsel
Mark Bender

Bender, Mark C.

Special Counsel
M. Parker Conover

Conover, M. Parker

Daniel Flaherty

Flaherty, Daniel T.

Maxted Lenz

Lenz, Maxted


Godfrey & Kahn Updates

show all

News & Publications

show all

Representative Experience

Get in touch with us:

Please wait while we gather your results.


Subscribe today to receive firm newsletters and blogs, client updates, seminar announcements, and more according to your preferences and areas of interest.

Disclaimer and Legal Notices

Copyright © 2023 Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Attorneys at Law - All rights reserved.


Client Login