Policy and Political Law

Blank Rome helps clients achieve the full range of public policy goals through our multifaceted government relations and advocacy work, our substantive legal knowledge, and our deep experience with political law.

Our policy and political law practice is home to former Federal Election Commission Chairman Scott Thomas. He works hand in hand with our other experienced professionals who have held senior staff positions in Congress, federal agencies, and industry associations.

Our team also collaborates with the Firm’s government contracts, congressional oversight & investigations, and white collar defense and investigations practices to provide clients comprehensive solutions when needed.

Additionally, through our affiliate, Blank Rome Government Relations LLC, we work seamlessly with top lobbying and strategic communications professionals who can manage virtually every aspect of any governmental issue facing a client.

Congressional and Regulatory Advocacy

No matter our clients’ needs before Congress or the Executive Branch, we have the depth of experience and technical skills to handle them.

Our team leads efforts to draft and shape legislation and works with regulators in areas such as appropriations, education, energy, the environment, food and drugs, financial services, gaming, healthcare, international relations, national security, technology, transportation, trade, and more.

We have leveraged our working relationships on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch to handle our clients’ complex regulatory matters for more than 20 years. Whether before Congress, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Food & Drug Administration, or any other executive branch agency, we can make your case to government decision makers on the issues that affect your business or other interests.

Political Law

Led by Partner Scott Thomas, who has repeatedly been singled out by Chambers USA as a leader in the field, our team is committed to keeping clients in compliance with the evolving political law regulatory environment so their interactions with government officials are handled properly.

We provide advice regarding existing and emerging federal, state, local, and foreign laws for businesses, trade associations, nonprofits, and political campaigns and organizations. Our attorneys handle matters in all facets of political law, including:

  • campaign finance law
  • ethics law
  • lobbying law
  • election law
  • tax law

Our services include:

  • providing compliance reviews and ongoing consultations to identify areas that need improvement and best practices when lobbying, interacting with government officials, and participating in political opportunities;
  • advice and assistance with federal and state lobbying disclosure laws;
  • explanation of gift, travel, and other ethics laws affecting contact with government officials;
  • facilitation of the registration and reporting of PACs, including compliance with FECA, IRS, and nonfederal requirements;
  • legal advice to donors regarding contribution limits, and independent expenditure and electioneering communication rules;
  • guidance for businesses, trade associations, and labor organizations regarding use of organization resources to conduct candidate fundraising;
  • advice with respect to testifying before Congress or federal agencies, or in responding to inquiries or subpoenas from government entities;
  • assistance with organizational and tax considerations for 527 organizations and 501(c) groups; and
  • guidance on ethics rules governing the recruiting of federal government employees and their post-employment work.