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Kate Sawyer Keane

Perkins Coie LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Kate Sawyer Keane focuses her practice on political law including federal and state campaign finance law, Congressional and Executive Branch ethics regulation, and lobbying registration and disclosure. She counsels federal and state elected officials, candidates, political parties, trade associations, corporations, PACs and other political organizations on campaign finance issues. She also counsels on lobbying disclosure, foreign agents’ registration and reporting requirements, pay-to-play restrictions, and governmental ethics statutes and rules at the federal, state, and local level.  She counsels Members of Congress, congressional staffers, Executive Branch employees, and presidential nominees on issues related to financial disclosure and conflicts of interest.  In addition, she advises corporations with respect to their political activity policies and compliance programs.

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 2003, Articles Editor, New York University Law Review
  • Harvard Law School, 2003, visiting student
  • Yale University, B.A., 1999

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Professional Leadership

  • American Bar Association

Related Employment

  • George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA, Adjunct Professor, Spring 2007
  • Office of Legislative Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., Assistant Counsel, September 2003 - 2007

Selected Publications

"Operation of Corporate PACs and Other Election Year Issues Facing Corporations"
BNA Corporate Counsel Weekly

"Regulation of Corporate Political Activity"
16 6th C.P.S. (BNA)

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