The S T R A T E G I S T

January 2012

Are you asking yourself the right questions?


The last two years have seen a sea change in campaign finance law, with the emergence of SuperPACs & Hybrid PACs, Kinde Durkee & other scandals, new rules and confusing guidance from the FEC.  As covered in Politico just this Saturday, DB Capitol Strategies is at the cutting edge of these changes.


With a week before 2011 year-end reports are due and another volatile election year ahead for PACs and Campaigns with  rules that will continue changing, now is the time to ask yourself the RIGHT questions about your 2011 & 2012 compliance practices, and whether you are ready to take maximum  advantage of the changing state of Campaign Finance law.


Whether you work to win elections or win policy, it has never been more important to understand the shifting landscape, how it impacts you, and how to take advantage of it before your 2012 campaigns are in full swing.  Now is the time for a Compliance Review.

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DB Capitol Strategies

and Dan Backer, Esq.


DB Capitol Strategies PLLC provides legal, strategic, and operational guidance to PACs, campaigns, and political organizations with a focus on FEC treasury and compliance.   


Our Principal attorney, Dan Backer, holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, and a Masters Certificate in PAC Management from George Washington University. In 2009, Mr. Backer earned the Professional Lobbying Certification (PLC) from the American League of Lobbyists.


Mr. Backer is admitted to practice law in Virginia and Washington DC, and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern & Western Districts of Virginia and Washington, DC. Most recently, Mr. Backer was lead counsel in the ground-breaking Carey v FEC case, which won the right for all non-connected PACs to engage in both candidate contribution activity from amount and source restricted funds and Independent Expenditure activity from unlimited individual, corporate, or union contributions.


Mr. Backer has previously served as a legal policy analyst and subject matter expert in military and overseas voting for the Department of Defenses' Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP).

Stephen M. Hoersting brings campaign & litigation leadership to DB Capitol Strategies


Steve HoerstingThe rapidly changing campaign finance laws are already the dominant theme of 2012's "most-expensive-yet" election. DB Capitol Strategies is pleased to have Stephen Hoersting, an innovator at the cutting edge of campaign finance law, join our firm.  Steve brings tremendous experience advising campaigns and advancing free-speech for political organizations to our team.


Steve co-founded the Center for Competitive Politics (2005 to 2011) where he devised speech-protective projects, including the legal architecture for v. FEC, litigated with allies at the Institute for Justice. Steve served as general counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee under then-chairman Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) from 2003 to 2005, where he advised 51 Senate offices and 34 campaigns in the first election under McCain-Feingold to help win seven of eight open seat races for U.S. Senator.


Steve also served as chief counsel to a vice chairman of the Federal Election Commission from 2000 to 2003, was a pre-publication commenter on John Samples' The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform, University of Chicago Press (2006) and a commentator and research assistant for Bradley A. Smith's Unfree Speech, Princeton Univ. Press (2001). He has published on campaign finance issues for the Cato Institute, the Election Law Journal, The Washington Times, Roll Call, The Weekly Standard and National Review Online; appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, CNBC's Street Signs and offered expert testimony on Capitol Hill.


Steve earned his J.D. from Capital University Law School, cum laude, in 1996, and a B.A. in economics from The Ohio State University in 1990. He is an alumnus of the Institute for Humane Studies and served as The Federalist Society's Publications Chairman for its Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group.


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