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Brett G. Kappel

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

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.
 
Representative Experience
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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.)
 
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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)
 
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 Dallas Morning News, "Beto O'Rourke Campaign Raises $2.1M, Cruz Raises $1.6M in Second Quarter in Bid for Senate Seat," July 14, 2017
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in OpenSecrets.org, "Surge in LLC Contributions Brings More Mystery About True Donors," April 27, 2017
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in The San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hunter's Campaign Pays New Lawyers Amid Federal Investigation," April 17, 2017
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in The San Diego Union-Tribune, "Justice Department Action Signals Serious Legal Concerns For Hunter," March 25, 2017
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in The Boston Globe, "Boston Law Firm Could Be Charged on Donations," March 3, 2017
 
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Brett Kappel Quoted in The San Diego Union-Tribune, "Election Officials Question Campaign Accounting for Issa's Challenger, Applegate," February 27, 2017
 
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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 Wall Street Journal, "N.J. Provides Early Test of Christie's Fundraising," April 9, 2015
 
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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 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
 

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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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