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Craig Engle

Craig Engle

Arent Fox LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Craig Engle is the founder of Arent Fox’s Political Law practice. He joined the firm in 2001 after a distinguished career on Capitol Hill. Craig has 30 years’ experience in advising political committees, candidates, office holders, foreign governments, international organizations, lobbyists and state governments on all aspects of campaign finance, election and tax laws, ethics, corporate formation and governance, and policy.

Craig’s clients have included several hundred candidates, political committees, office holders, law firms, individuals and governments. Craig regularly counsels these clients in the highly regulated and scrutinized areas of: Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulation of campaign finance practices for PACs, candidates and party committees; Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulation of political activity of non-profits and trade associations; Lobbying disclosure Act (LDA) and Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Compliance; Congressional Ethics (HLOGA) and Executive Branch Lobbying and Professional Conduct Laws; Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regulation of broadcast commercials and internet-based or social media political activity; Department of Justice (DOJ) enforcement of civil and criminal laws regarding white collar investigations, false claims, fraud, and government contracting; 50 state and federal (MSRB, SEC) laws regarding pay-to-play rules, state lobbying and campaign finance regulation, and laws governing instate charitable and political solicitations; Congressional investigation and litigation defense strategies for targets of governmental and private sector adverse actions, and special counsel for internal investigations; Counsel to political parties on voting rights, election administration, ballot referendum, contested elections and recounts.

Craig has served as general counsel to two presidential campaigns, and multi-million dollar political committees. He co-authored three amicus briefs to the US Supreme Court, counseled over 100 candidates and Members of Congress and personally supervised the banking and reporting of over $300 million in campaign activities. He has helped dozens of Arent Fox clients create political committees by serving as their incorporator, initial board member and assistant treasurer.

Craig is best-known for bringing innovation to politics. He created one of the first SuperPacs, created the legal framework for texting political contributions, won several Advisory Opinions at the FEC opening new areas of law, successfully defeated New York State’s Anti- Citizens United Law in the Second Circuit, and participated in striking DOMA in United States v. Windsor. He is the co-author of several ballot referenda and campaign finance reform laws.


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