Amber Maltbie is a member of Nossaman's Public Policy Practice Group assisting clients with a wide range of concerns related to California election law, campaign finance requirements, and ethics rules.
Ms. Maltbie provides strategic counsel to help clients navigate the complex and ever changing regulations promulgated by California's ethics watchdog, the Fair Political Practices Commission. She constantly monitors state and local level ethics agencies to ensure clients are aware of the regulatory changes affecting them. Upon request, she can provide clients with dynamic trainings tailored to their particular needs. Ms. Maltbie's clients include public officials, candidates, political treasurers, lobbyists, fundraisers, and consultants with political law needs.
She has experience in many substantive areas including:
- Campaign Finance Compliance
- Conflicts of Interest
- Statements of Economic Interests
- Lobbying Compliance
- Compliance With New Electronic Communication Rules
- Disclosure Rules
- Ballot Measures
Prior to joining Nossaman in 2011, Ms. Maltbie was with a political law firm in California, where she advised corporations on state lobbying, gift, and ethics compliance. Additionally, she helped corporate clients adhere to state and local laws in implementing their electoral goals in California, Nevada, and several other states. During and after law school, Ms. Maltbie clerked in the Fair Political Practices Commission Legal Division, where she provided advice on compliance with the California Political Reform Act. She also coordinated two statewide hearings on the regulation of internet political activity.
She also maintains close relationships with decision makers at the federal level from her work as a district aide and political advisor to U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee. She later worked as Communications Director to California Assembly member Sandré Swanson. During the 2004 and 2006 election cycles, Ms. Maltbie worked on nationwide grassroots organizing efforts with progressive non-profits, developing and implementing campaigns in Kentucky, South Dakota, Louisiana, Georgia, and New Mexico.
In 2005, Ms. Maltbie played a key role in implementing the New House Political Action Committee's (PAC) first nationally-recognized training program for candidates to the U.S. House of Representatives. Sessions featured media, message, campaign finance, and voter mobilization forums for 22 congressional nominees, of which 12 went on to win House seats in 2006.
Ms. Maltbie assisted with Kosovo's 2010 parliamentary elections in North Mitrovica as a consultant to the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.
Ms. Maltbie was recently featured on Access Sacramento discussing the Impact of Super PACs in California on State and Local Elections.
Ms. Maltbie is a member of the California Political Attorneys Association's Regulatory Committee which comments on and assists in drafting proposed statutory and regulatory changes to the California Political Reform Act.