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Brett Kappel | Akerman LLP


With extensive experience in political law, Brett Kappel works with clients to navigate complex federal and state laws and regulations governing campaign finance, lobbying, and government ethics. His clients include corporations, trade associations, Members of Congress, candidates for public office, political action committees, and Super PACs. Brett has served as legal counsel to three Presidential campaigns, six Senate campaigns and dozens of House campaigns. A regular commentator on campaign finance issues, Brett’s insights have been featured in such national publications as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, Politico, The Hill, and Roll Call.

Brett has represented clients in Federal Election Commission (FEC) enforcement proceedings, rulemakings, and the advisory opinion process. He has represented numerous clients with Matters Under Review (MURs) before the FEC and has experience negotiating conciliation agreements. In addition, he advises clients on the development of government relations programs, including the creation and operation of political action committees and other ancillary tax-exempt organizations. He has lobbied Congress on numerous issues, including financial services, intellectual property, aviation, and energy.

Brett co-authored the advisory opinion request that resulted in the FEC allowing campaign committees to accept contributions via text message. FEC Advisory Opinion 2012-17 (m-Qube, Inc.). He also obtained the first ruling from the FEC recognizing an election conducted entirely over the Internet as a federal election. FEC MUR 6438 (Art Robinson for Congress)

What I do when I'm not at work

You can usually find me in Section 115 at Nationals Park, cheering or gnashing my teeth depending on how the bullpen is doing that day.

On my desk right now

A varying number of coffee cups depending on the closeness of the next FEC filing deadline, a jumble of charging cords for various electronic devices, the 2019 edition of Volume 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Walter Isaacson’s Einstein and George Will’s Men At Work.

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Who I'm following on Twitter

@FEC (The FEC’s official twitter account), @EllenLWeintraub (FEC Chair’s personal twitter account), @davelevinthal (for what’s really going on at the FEC)

The best advice I ever received

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything” – Mark Twain

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Whither The FEC?

The resignation of Commissioner Matthew Petersen leaves the Federal Election Commission without a quorum as we head into a presidential election year. We’ll discuss the prospects for Senate action to restore a working majority at the FEC, what the FEC can and cannot do while it lacks a quorum and how that will impact the day-to-day operations of corporate and trade association PACs. We’ll also discuss the continuing problem of unauthorized withdrawals from PAC bank accounts using fraudulent PAC checks and electronic debit cards and how corporate and trade association PACs can best protect themselves from this kind of thievery.

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