Larry Norton, a former general counsel of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), advises clients on federal and state campaign finance laws, lobbying disclosure, gift and ethics rules, pay-to-play laws, and the tax implications of political activities. His clients include corporations and their PACs, advocacy groups and trade associations, candidates, super PACs, lobbying shops and law firms, and high-net-worth individuals. Larry recognizes the unique issues facing organizations seeking to influence public policy and elections. He provides pragmatic and creative solutions to complex problems, troubleshoots new projects and programs, and helps clients manage their legal and reputational risks.
Larry also represents clients in investigations by the FEC, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), congressional ethics committees, and state ethics and election boards.
During his tenure at the FEC, Larry headed the agency's enforcement, litigation, and rulemaking programs, and led the Office of General Counsel in interpreting the landmark McCain-Feingold Act. Prior to joining the FEC, he served as associate director in the Division of Enforcement at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and as assistant director in the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Before his service in the federal government, Larry served in the Civil Litigation Division of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office.