Charles R. Spies


Washington, DC

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 1300 South
Washington, DC 20004
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J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, 1998
B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1995
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Charles R. Spies


Charles R. Spies is the leader of Clark Hill's global Political Law practice, as well as Co-Chair of the firm's Government and Public Affairs practice group. Charlie has over two decades 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.  In 2015 he was named to The Politico 50 – a list of “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics” for his work which “created a playbook that allows candidates to maximize the new flood of money into politics.”  He is nationally ranked in Chambers USA as a top Political Law attorney, is a Washingtonian Magazine “Top Lawyer” and a “Super Lawyer,” and has been listed as one of the “Most Powerful People in Washington” in GQ Magazine and a "Top Lobbyist" in The Hill. 

Charlie serves as counsel to multiple campaigns, super PACs, trade associations, and non-profit organizations, including co-founding and serving as counsel to Restore Our Future, the largest conservative 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.

Charlie is frequently seen on Fox News, CNN, Fox Business Network and various national and local tv and radio programs speaking on political and election law issues, and his numerous articles and commentaries on various legal issues have been published in journals and newspapers. He was a Fellow at the Georgetown University School of Politics and Public Service, has lectured at the US Law Institute, Georgetown University Law Center and the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, spoken at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, 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.

Ranked in Chambers USA 2017 Leading Individual (National)
District of Columbia Super Lawyers
Washingtonian Top Lawyer
Fellow, Georgetown University School of Politics and Public Service
Named a "Top Lobbyist" by The Hill
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
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"Trump, Clinton & Bob McDonnell Gifts: What Difference Does It Make? A Lot" by Charlie Spies for The Daily CallerCharlie Spies Quoted in Politico: Clinton asks Romney’s allies for cash to stop Trump - August 23, 2016"Clinton Corruption May Be The End Of Citizens United" by Charlie Spies for RedState"Donating To The GOP In 2016? Here’s A Guide On Who Should Get Your Money." by Charlie Spies for Independent Journal Review"Advice for Trump on winning donors and influencing GOP activists" by Charlie Spies for The HillCharles Spies Authors Op-Ed in Independent Journal ReviewCharlie Spies Quoted in The Detroit News: Michigan Super PAC Donors Spend $5M on Failed GOP Bids, April 2016"In Defense of a Contested GOP Convention" by Charles Spies in Real Clear PoliticsGovernment and Public Affairs Leader Charlie Spies subject of Miami Herald article "All in for Jeb Bush: The SuperPAC man who kept Mitt Romney from being ‘toast’"Charlie Spies legal advisory role discussed in Politico article "Jeb Bush fundraising apparatus ready for takeoff"
Charlie Spies on CBS News "Is Donald Trump making money off his presidential bid?" - September 8, 2016Charlie Spies on Lou Dobbs Tonight - August 23, 2016Charlie Spies on Lou Dobbs Tonight - Will there be a Republican revolt against Trump?Board of Elections says Raimondo, Reed ad OKObama, Romney Super PAC Chiefs Battle on CNN with Charlie Spies
Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorneys Named to Washington DC Super LawyersClark Hill Attorneys Named 2019 “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USAClark Hill Member, Charles R. Spies, Lecturing at The Institute of US Law’s International Compliance and Anti-Corruption Conference on March 8thClark Hill’s Government and Public Affairs Practice Leaders Recognized As “Top Lobbyists” By The Hill143 Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorneys Named 2018 “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USAClark Hill Leaders Earn Spot on Prestigious “Top Lobbyists” ListClark Hill Attorneys Named 2017 “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USAClark Hill Attorneys Named to Washington DC Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2017 ListClark Hill Attorneys Named 2016 “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USAPolitical Law Practice Leader Charlie Spies Authors "Advice for Trump on winning donors and influencing GOP activists" for The HillClark Hill Attorneys Named 2016 Washington DC Super LawyersPolitical Law Practice Leader Charlie Spies to present “Election Year 2016: Understanding the Complex Rules Regulating Political Participation” for the DC Bar on Tuesday, October 6Charlie Spies honored as one of the Politico 50Clark Hill PLC Receives National and Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America's “Best Law Firms”Chambers USA Names Clark Hill Attorneys “Leaders in their Field” for 2015Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2015 Washington DC Super Lawyers