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Brett G. Kappel
Brett G. Kappel
Partner 
750 Ninth Street, N.W.
Suite 750
Washington, D.C. 20001
 
Tel:
202.393.6222
Fax:
202.393.5959
 
 

Brett Kappel focuses his practice primarily on political law, including 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. He has represented clients in Federal Election Commission 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 as well. He is a regular commentator on campaign finance issues and has been quoted in national publications such 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 advises clients on the development of government relations programs, including the creation and operation of political action committees and other ancillary tax-exempt organizations, as well as compliance with federal, state, and local lobbying, ethics, and gift law regulations. He has lobbied Congress on a wide variety of industries including financial services, intellectual property, aviation, and energy.

Brett previously served as general counsel for a presidential campaign and was the co-author of the advisory opinion request that resulted in the FEC allowing campaign committees to accept contributions via text message.
 
Awards & Recognition
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2014-2016, Listed in Washington, D.C. for Legislative & Governmental Affairs and Administrative Law
 
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Washingtonian, Listed as a "Top Lawyer for Campaigns and Elections," 2007 and 2009
 
Published Works & Lectures
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Brett Kappel Quoted in the Boston Globe, "Federal Prosecutors Launch Probe of Law Firm Over Donations," November 16, 2016
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in the Chicago Tribune, "Ex-Rep. Schock Fined $10,000 By Election Commission" October 25, 2016
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in The American Prospect, "Who's Crooked Now?" June 23, 2016
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in Politifact, "A PA GOP Congressman's Claim About Donald Trump and His Taxes" May 20, 2016
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in the Chicago Tribune, "Federal Election Commission Questions Rep. Bobby Rush's Campaign Spending" May 18, 2016
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in Bloomberg Politics, "Raising Cash in Trump's Name, Whether He Likes It or Not" April 26, 2016
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in The Washington Post, "How Far Can Campaigns go to Win Support from a Republican Delegate?" April 11, 2016
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in Bloomberg Politics, "Senate Candidate Faces Ethics Allegations Over Hedge Funds," April 5, 2016
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in The New York Times, "Office of Congressional Ethics Cites Possible Violations by Alan Grayson," April 5, 2016
 
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Innovate to Motivate Conference for Political Engagement Professionals, Speaker, "FEC Cranks Up the Rulemaking Machine," December 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in The New York Times, "Legion of Tech Volunteers Lead a Charge for Bernie Sanders," September 3, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in PolitiFact, "Internet Posts Say Three Democratic Senators 'Took Bribes From Iran' To Support Nuclear Deal," September 1, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in The Chicago Tribune, "Ex-Rep Aaron Schock Says He's Handed Over More Than 10,000 Documents," August 26, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in The Washington Post, "Hillary Clinton Campaign Fundraisers: Cash Bar Only?" August 19, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in The Texas Tribune, "Questions Surround Billionaire's Role in Perry Campaign," July 22, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in the StarTribune, "Michele Bachmann is Still in a Race - For Money," June 19, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in The New York Times, "The Presidential Candidate List Gets Longer: 366 and Growing," June 9, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in The Hill, "Hastert Questions Consume Capital," June 2, 1015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in the Chicago Tribune, "Former Speaker Hastert's Federal Pension Not in Danger," May 30, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in the Chicago Tribune, "Schock's Ties to Donors Raise Questions About Travel, Condo, 'Swaps'," May 26, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in National Public Radio, "Candidates Driving Cash-Filled Trucks Through Campaign-Finance Loopholes," May 15, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in The Wall Street Journal, "Roles of Presidential Super PACs Expanding," April 30, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in Yahoo Politics, "The NRA's Brazen Shell Game With Donations: A Yahoo News Investigation," April 21, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in National Public Radio, "You Didn't Check The 'Presidential Election Campaign' Box On Your Taxes, Did You?" April 15, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in National Public Radio, "Presidential Candidates Move Away From Public Financing," April 14, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in Newsday, "Nassau, Hempstead Employees Gave to PAC That Ran Ads Attacking Kathleen Rice," April 11, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in The Wall Street Journal, "N.J. Provides Early Test of Christie's Fundraising," April 9, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in The Liberty Education Forum, News & Views, March 11, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in the Chicago Tribune," The Mileage Rep. Aaron Schock Billed for Personal SUV Adds to Legal Woes," March 22, 2015
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in Newsday, "Nassau GOP Funding That Paid For PAC Ads in House Race Draws Scrutiny," March 22, 2015
 



Brett G. Kappel

Practice
Government Affairs & Public Policy
Education
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1990
B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1980; Political Science, summa cum laude
Bar Admissions
District of Columbia
Virginia
 
 
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