About

I’m Eric Brown and welcome to my political intelligence law website.

Feel free to email me (eric[at]politicalactivitylaw.com) if you have a link or item of interest.

I launched my site in 2013 to share my interest in political intelligence legal issues.

I closely follow campaign finance law, House and Senate ethics, gift, and travel rules, lobbying disclosure, foreign agents registration requirements, and related topics. I have provided counsel to corporations, trade associations, candidates, non-profits, unincorporated groups, party committees, vendors, and individuals on compliance with these laws and rules and similar issues. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my background or experience.

I’ve also enjoyed participating in a number of campaigns and recounts, starting as a volunteer for a presidential campaign. I’ve worked for another presidential campaign, a national party, and volunteered for state and local candidates in New Jersey and Virginia. In 2004, I volunteered to observe the recount in the Washington state gubernatorial recount.

Please do not hesitate to contact me (eric[at]politicalactivitylaw.com) if you have any comments or questions about the site.

EXPERIENCE

Counsel, Federal Election Commission, 2008 – Present

Founder and Editor, PoliticalActivityLaw.com, 2008 – Present

Associate, Patton Boggs LLP, 2005 – 2008

Special Assistant to the Solicitor, Department of Interior, 2005

Associate Counsel, 55th Presidential Inaugural Committee, 2004-2005

Deputy Counsel, Republican National Committee, 2004

Counsel, Federal Election Commission, 2000-2004

Law Clerk/Attorney, Federal Election Commission, 2000

Reports Analyst/Paralegal, Federal Election Commission, 1990 – 2000

(LinkedIn profile.)

CONFERENCES/MEETINGS ATTENDED (SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS WHEN NOTED)

July 21, 2011, Presenter at Public Affairs Council’s “Tweeting without Cheating” Webinar, Washington, DC.

March 14, 2011, The Sunlight Foundation, “Washington’s Lobbying Fix,” Washington, DC.

October 25, 2010, Facebook Washington, “Campaigns and Social Media,” Washington, DC.

October 19, 2010, Campaign Finance Institute/Miller Institute of Public Affairs, “Citizens United v. FEC,” Washington, DC.

June 30, 2010, Speaker at Public Affairs Council’s Political Involvement Network Meeting, DISCLOSE Act, social media, and personal branding, Washington, DC.

June 17, 2010, #140conf, “Exploring the State of Now: A platform for the worldwide twitter community to: listen, connect, share and engage with each other, while collectively exploring the effects of the emerging real-time internet,” Washington, DC.

June 16, 2010, Digital Capital Week’s Nonprofit and Government Organization Day, Washington, DC.

May 21, 2010, Speaker at the Grassroots Forum, “Social Media and ROI,” Washington, DC.

April 19-20, 2010, Politics Online 2010, Numerous panels and keynote speakers addressing the use of technology in political and issue advocacy, Washington, DC.

March 27-28, 2010, TransparencyCamp 2010, “Government representatives, technologists, journalists, developers, NGOs, wonks and activists… share knowledge on how to use new technologies to make our government transparent, accountable and meaningfully accessible to the public,” Washington, DC.

February 24, 2010, Federal Election Commission, Roundtable on Travel Rules for Candidates and Political Committees, Washington, DC.

February 4, 2010, The Heritage Foundation, The Impact of the Citizens United Decision on Federal Elections, Washington, DC.

February 3, 2010, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, First Amendment and Campaign Finance Reform after Citizens United, Washington, DC.

February 3, 2010, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration, Defining the Future of Campaign Finance in an Era of Judicial Activism, Washington, DC.

February 2, 2010, U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, Corporate America vs. The Voter: Examining the Supreme Court’s Decision to Allow Unlimited Corporate Spending in Elections, Washington, DC.

December 2, 2009, Washington Legal Foundation, Honest Services Fraud Cases Before the Supreme Court – What to Expect and What is at Stake, Webinar, Washington, DC.

November 20, 2009, ABA Business Section’s Government Affairs Practice Committee, “New Developments in Lobbying and Campaign Finance Law,” Washington, DC.

November 14, 2009, DC BarCamp 2009, “Unconference” focused on educating participants on how to use, implement and share new media tools, Washington, DC.

September 17, 2009, ABA Administrative Law Section, Lobbying the Executive Branch, Washington, DC.

September 12-13, 2009, CongressCamp, “Transforming Citizen Engagement with Congress Through Social Media and Collaboration Tools,” Washington, DC.

July 30, 2009, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration, A Look at HR 1826 and the Public Financing of Congressional Campaigns,” Washington, DC.

July 29, 2009, Federal Election Commission, Website and Internet Communications Improvement Hearings, Washington, DC.

July 22, 2009, Social Networking for Law Firms, Small Business Index, Washington, DC.

July 15, 2009, Interactive Advertising Bureau, Webinar on Mobile Advertising, Washington, DC.

May 8, 2009, Brennan Center, Money in Politics 2009: New Horizons for Reform, Washington, DC.

April 10, 2009, Interactive Advertising Bureau, Political Advertising During the 2008 Campaign, Washington, DC.

March 27-28, 2009, Government 2.0 Camp, “Unconference” about using social media tools and Web 2.0 technologies to create a more effective, efficient and collaborative U.S. government at the local, state, and federal levels, Washington, DC.

March 3, 2009, Federal Election Commission, Conference for Candidate/Party Committees, Roundtable Discussion Leader, Washington, DC.

January 14-15, 2009, Federal Election Commission, Hearing on Agency Procedures, Washington, DC.

January 8, 2009, Brookings Institution, The Broken Branch, Panel with Norm Ornstein, Washington, DC.

December 12, 2008, Factcheck.org’s On Message Conference, The Annenberg Public Policy Center, Washington, DC.

December 8, 2008, Web 2.0, Election – Web 2.0 White House, Graduate School of Political Management, Washington, DC.

April 18-20, 2008, DC PodCamp, “Unconference” focused on educating participants on how to use, implement and share any/all new media tools including, podcasts, videocasts, blogs, Facebook, and YouTube, Arlington, VA.

EDUCATION

George Mason University School of Law, J.D.

The Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University, M.A.

The George Washington University, B.A., cum laude

BAR MEMBERSHIP

District of Columbia

Maryland

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