Overview

Bill Powers focuses on political law and campaign finance issues.  Drawing on his decade-long career in government, including as a top enforcement official at the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Bill helps clients navigate laws related to campaign finance, lobbying, ethics, gift and gratuities, and pay-to-play.

He represents individuals, corporations, political committees (including ballot measure committees and Super PACs), as well as tax exempt, nonprofit organizations, such as 501(c)(3) charities, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations, and 501(c)(6) trade associations.  He advises them on their political and lobbying activities and related tax consequences.  He also has extensive experience with state and local election laws governing ballot measure initiatives, including states such as California, Washington, Texas, and Massachusetts.

Bill provides guidance in all aspects of political law, including:

  • Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) and Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA or McCain-Feingold);
  • Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA);
  • U.S. House and Senate Ethics Rules;
  • Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA);
  • Similar rules at the state, local, and municipal level.

Bill's practice also involves internal investigations and white-collar defense, especially those related to election law, bribery, and anti-corruption statutes, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  He represents clients who may face parallel or overlapping investigations by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the FEC, and other criminal and civil law enforcement agencies.

Experience

Experience

  • Numerous dismissals of FEC enforcement matters (MURs) for clients alleged to have made corporate or reimbursed (i.e., conduit or straw donor) contributions;
  • Forming and counseling federal and state super PACs; social welfare organizations, and separate segregated funds (SSFs);
  • Counseling on state and federal pay-to-play rules, including those of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB), and the Commodity  Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
  • Compliance with state and local ballot measure rules.

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Community & Professional

Founding Member, 2020 Lawyers Guild, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center

DC Bar, Taxation Community

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