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. She 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. Meredith’s 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.
Meredith served as a law clerk to the Honorable Christopher C. Conner in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. During law school, she also served as a legal fellow to several nonprofit organizations specializing in voting rights and campaign finance issues.