Clark Hill PLC Washington Office Leader Charlie Spies Named to Politico’s “Fifty to Watch” List

Jul 19, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – Charlie Spies, leader of Clark Hill PLC’s national Political Law practice and the Government and Public Affairs Group, and Member in Charge of the firm’s Washington, DC office has been named to Politico’s “Fifty to Watch,” list, released today. Spies is recognized for his expertise in election law and fundraising/rainmaking. Politico is a Washington DC-based political journalism organization that covers all aspects of national politics and policy.

“As long as we have a Constitution, outside money’s not going anyplace,” Spies is quoted as saying about super PACs and political nonprofit organizations.

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Spies, a veteran campaign finance and election law strategist, most recently served as Co-Founder and Treasurer of Restore Our Future, the pro-Romney Super PAC that raised more than $150 million in the 2012 election cycle. His law practice focuses on counseling a broad range of corporations, organizations, candidates and individuals confronting challenges and opportunities at the intersection of political and issue campaigns, government ethics, law and public policy.

Spies also served as Chief Financial Officer and Counsel for Governor Mitt Romney's 2008 Presidential campaign, General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer for the Republican Governors Association during the 2005 and 2006 election cycles, and during President George W. Bush's re-election in 2004 election cycle, Mr. Spies served as Election Law Counsel for the Republican National Committee.

Spies has fifteen years 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.

In addition to Politico, Spies has been named to GQ magazine’s “Weekly Power List,” in 2012, as well as nationally ranked for his Political Law expertise by Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Spies has been described in the Washington Post as an “election lawyer extraordinaire” and was mentioned in more than 500 print and broadcast press articles in 2011. In 2012, he appeared multiple times on CNN and other national network news programs, as well as being profiled by The Detroit News and Mother Jones magazine.

Spies earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.