Meredith K. McCoy

Meredith McCoy

Meredith McCoy provides experienced guidance to businesses, tax-exempt organizations, individuals, and political groups in their efforts to impact public policy and the political process. Meredith works with clients to understand their goals and make tailored recommendations for complying with the range of laws that may affect their plans, including tax, campaign finance, lobbying disclosure, gift and ethics, and pay-to-play laws. Her previous experience as an attorney for the Federal Election Commission helps her foresee compliance challenges and evaluate risks facing Venable’s clients. She is skilled at providing practical, user-friendly guidance that helps clients make informed decisions and achieve their objectives.

Meredith’s experience includes providing guidance to for-profit businesses, individuals, and 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), 501(c)(6), and 527 organizations. She assists clients in their advocacy efforts and offers general counseling at all stages of an organization’s life cycle. Her experience includes:

  • Organization formation and ongoing governance counseling
  • Guidance on IRS restrictions on lobbying and political activities
  • Gift and ethics compliance and training (federal, state, local)
  • Campaign finance disclosure and compliance programs (federal, state, local)
  • Limits and disclosure of political contributions
  • Political advertising
  • Campaign finance enforcement actions
  • Ballot access and election administration
  • Pay-to-play rules and political giving policies

Before joining Venable, Meredith served as an attorney at the Federal Election Commission. As part of the Office of General Counsel, she handled complex enforcement actions, providing legal recommendations to the Commission on a variety of issues, including testing-the-waters activity and candidate status, conduit contributions, candidates’ use of personal assets for campaign activity, coordination, fraudulent misrepresentation, and candidate debates.


Government Experience

  • Attorney, Federal Election Commission

Representative Matters

  • Serves as general counsel to an organization of female filmmakers, engineering and overseeing compliance for a multi-state effort to provide low- or no-cost campaign ads to state and local candidates in compliance with state contribution limits and source restrictions
  • Represents a high-profile super PAC that spent more than $50 million in 2018 U.S. House races, reviewing all content and disclosure reports for compliance
  • Counsels candidates for U.S. Congress and potential presidential candidates on the FEC’s “testing-the-waters” regulations, personal financial disclosure statements, ballot access, interactions without outside groups, and other complex rules
  • Vets political giving by corporations, LLCs, partnerships, PACs, and high-net-worth individuals to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local contribution limits, source restrictions, and pay-to-play laws, and conducts due diligence on recipients to minimize public relations exposure
  • Advises major media companies on parameters of the FEC’s “press exemption” for airing political content
  • Provides parameters for trade association PACs and recommends mechanisms for maximizing PAC fundraising efforts




  • J.D. William & Mary School of Law 2012
    • Notes editor, William & Mary Law Review
  • B.A. Political Science Duke University 2009

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia (inactive)

Clerk Experience

  • Honorable Christopher C. Conner U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania


  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2024