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Charlie Spies is the leader of Clark Hill's national Political Law practice, as well as the Member in Charge of the Washington D.C. office. Charlie has over a decade of experience providing strategic counsel at the highest levels in Washington D.C. and nationwide. He counsels a broad range of organizations, corporations, candidates and individuals confronting challenges and opportunities at the intersection of political and issue campaigns, government ethics, law and public policy.


Contact info

Clark Hill PLC

601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
North Building, Suite 1000
Washington, DC, 20004

Practice areas


  1. Election Campaign: 75%
    18 years, 170 cases
  2. Government: 25%
    18 years, 40 cases

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DCActive 200907/10/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law199803/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Washington DC Super Lawyer for Government and Political LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Nationally Rated for Political LawChambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Chief Financial Officer and CounselMitt Romney for President2007 - 2008
General Counsel and CFORepublican Governors Association2005 - 2007
Election Law CounselRepublican National Committee2001 - 2005
Counsel to Chairman Darryl R. WoldFederal Election Commission1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federalist SocietyMember1997 - Present
Republican National Lawyers AssociationVice Chair, DC Operations2009 - 2010
Publication nameTitleDate
Notre Dame Law School Journal of LegislationBuckley Over Time: A New Problem with Old Contribution Limits1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of MichiganPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Full Access: Inside the Obama and Romney CampaignsThe Role of Super PACs in 2012 & Beyond2013
AIPAC Policy Conference 2013Super PACs: Political Past or Future?2013
IAPC 45th Annual World ConferenceSuper PACS - Does Political Spending Lift All Boats?2012
AAPC Annual ConferenceNew Kids on the Block: Super PACs, 527s, and 501(c)4s2012
Lobbying by Non-Profit Clients: Navigating Federal and State RegulationsLobbying by Non-Profit Clients: Navigating Federal and State Regulations2011
In-House Counsel CafeCorporate Political and Lobbying Activity: Internal Compliance for General Counsels2011
Georgetown Law Election Law SocietyPanel on Impact of Citizens United2011
Political Law Compliance Under The 'Disclose Act': Campaign Finance, Tax, Lobbying & Ethics RulesCo-Chair2010
Corporate Compliance: Campaign Finance, Contracting, Tax, Lobbying & Ethics RulesCo-Chair2009
SeminarsElections and Election Law2004
Georgetown University Law Center SeminarsElection Law2004
Administrative Law Division PanelElection Law2004
Summer SeminarUS Election Law2003