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Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1998
B.A., University of Michigan, 1995
Advisory Commission to American Bar Association Standing Committee on Election Law
Next Generation Society of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Board Member
Board of Governors, Republican National Lawyers Association
Charles R. Spies is the leader of Clark Hill's national Political Law practice, as well as the Member in Charge of the Washington D.C. office. Charlie has over fifteen years of experience providing strategic counsel at the highest levels in Washington D.C. and nationwide. He counsels a broad range of corporations, organizations, candidates, officeholders, and individuals confronting challenges and opportunities at the intersection of political and issue campaigns, government ethics, law and public policy. He has been listed as one of the “Most Powerful People in Washington” in GQ Magazine and is nationally ranked in Chambers USA as a top Political Law attorney.
Charlie serves as counsel to multiple super PACs, trade associations, and organizations, including co-founding and serving as counsel to Restore Our Future, the largest super PAC in history. As Chief Financial Officer and Counsel for Governor Mitt Romney’s 2008 Presidential campaign, Charlie developed and managed the national campaign’s budget and systems for legal compliance with Federal Election Commission, IRS and various state regulations, as well as record-keeping and accounting. During the 2005 and 2006 election cycles, Charlie served as General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer for the Republican Governors Association. At the RGA, he developed the legal and budgeting strategy for the association’s participation in governors’ races in thirty-eight states. During the 2004 Presidential election cycle, Charlie served as Election Law Counsel for the Republican National Committee, where he focused on federal and state election law compliance for the national party, as well as policy and litigation issues involved in campaign finance reform. His tenure at the RNC began with the Bush-Cheney administration in 2001, and continued under four Chairmen.
Charlie previously served as legal and policy advisor to FEC Chairman Darryl R. Wold, where he counseled the Chairman on a wide range of issues regarding the administration of the Federal Election Campaign Act.
Prior and subsequent to his tenure at the Federal Election Commission, Charlie worked in the Washington D.C. offices of prominent national law firms. His numerous articles and commentaries on various legal issues have been published in journals and newspapers and Charlie has appeared on cable news as well as various national and local radio programs. He has lectured at the US Law Institute, Georgetown University Law Center and the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, been featured on an ABA Administrative Law Division panel, testified before the FEC and state boards of election and participated in working groups for the OAS Unit for the Promotion of Democracy.
• Co-Chair, "Political Law Compliance Under The 'Disclose Act': Campaign Finance, Tax, Lobbying & Ethics Rules," BNA and American League of Lobbyists, May 2010.
• Co-Chair, "Corporate Compliance: Campaign Finance, Contracting, Tax, Lobbying & Ethics Rules," BNA and American League of Lobbyists, May 2009.