Bryson B. Morgan

Bryson B. Morgan: Attorney with Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered
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Biography

Bryson Morgan is Of Counsel in Caplin & Drysdale's Political Law and Exempt Organizations practice groups, where he assists candidates, political committees, advocacy groups, and corporations to structure and conduct their political efforts in compliance with federal, state, and local laws, and respond to government inquiries.

Mr. Morgan rejoined Caplin after serving as Investigative Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics from 2013 to 2015, where he conducted investigations into alleged misconduct by Members of Congress and congressional staff. His private practice and government experience give him a well-rounded perspective on political law compliance, and make him an authority on congressional ethics rules and investigations.

Services

At Caplin, Mr. Morgan helps clients navigate the complex laws governing political activity and issue advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels, including campaign finance, lobbying, pay-to-play, and ethics laws. He also advises corporations, nonprofit advocacy groups, lobbying and government relations firms, political committees, candidates, and officeholders involved in criminal and civil political-law investigations by the Federal Election Commission ( FEC ), Department of Justice ( DOJ ), Foreign Agents Registration Act Unit (“FARA”), Internal Revenue Service, House Committee on Ethics, U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, Office of Congressional Ethics ( OCE ), and state and local enforcement agencies.

Mr. Morgan's experience conducting congressional ethics investigations uniquely positions him to advise clients through all stages of high-stakes ethics investigations, from responding to inquiries and requests for information, to preparing witness testimony and negotiating settlement agreements.

Mr. Morgan is also a leading authority on campaign finance, government ethics, and redistricting reform, and recently drafted legislation to create an independent redistricting commission and redistricting criteria that was enacted into law by ballot initiative in 2018.

Illustrations of Mr. Morgan's work for clients, include:

•Serving as outside counsel to Democratic and independent congressional candidates;
•Serving as general counsel to a 2016 Democratic presidential campaign;
•Advising former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on a potential 2016 presidential campaign;
•Vetting individuals for high-level government appointments and elected offices;
•Serving as a legal consultant for Netflix’s hit series House of Cards;
•Drafting legislation to create an independent redistricting commission and statutory redistricting criteria;
•Drafting legislation to reform campaign finance and government ethics laws;
•Responding to political law complaints, inquiries, and audits from enforcement agencies;
•Conducting internal investigations and compliance reviews related to political activities;
•Resolving government enforcement actions related to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA); and
•Presenting training sessions to corporate and nonprofit clients on political activity compliance and best practices.

Government Experience

Investigative Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics, 2013-2015

Intern, U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts, Economic Crimes Unit, 2011

Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics, 2009 & 2010

Highlights

Mr. Morgan graduated with honors from the University of Utah and Harvard Law School. During law school, he served as a legal clerk to the U.S. House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics and interned at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Massachusetts in the Economic Crimes Unit. He also co-founded PlayoffPAC, which was nominated in 2011 for Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year award for its work in bringing down college football's unpopular former post-season system, the Bowl Championship Series.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Morgan co-authored a college textbook on interest groups and lobbying in the United States, Lobbying in American (ABC-CLIO, 2009), researched the development of interest groups in Lithuania under a grant from the National Science Foundation, and interned at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working in the areas of campaign finance, redistricting, and government ethics.

Mr. Morgan currently authors two chapters of Thomson Reuters’ legal treatise on political law addressing pay-to-play and procurement lobbying rules.

Blogs / Additional Resources

Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)

Recent Publications

• DOJ National Security Division Announces Significant Appointment and Shift on FARA Enforcement, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, March 7, 2019
• Governor Inslee's Presidential Campaign Triggers New Risks for Investment Advisers, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Trevor Potter, and Olivia N. Marshall, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, March 6, 2019
• BLOG: Recent Developments in FARA: Michael Cohen Hearing, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Trevor Potter, and Olivia N. Marshall, www.FARA.us, February 28, 2019
• BLOG: Updates on Congressional Action on FARA Reform, with Olivia N. Marshall, Matthew T. Sanderson, and Trevor Potter, www.FARA.us, February 20, 2019
• BLOG: Recent FARA Development: Skadden Pays $4.6 Million in Settlement, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Trevor Potter, and Olivia N. Marshall, www.FARA.us, February 15, 2019
• BLOG: The Foreign Agents Registration Act: A Brief Plain-Language Guide, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Trevor Potter, and Olivia N. Marshall, www.FARA.us, February 13, 2019
• FEC Updates Contribution Limits for 2019-2020, with Trevor Potter, Matthew T. Sanderson, and Olivia N. Marshall, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, February 7, 2019
• BLOG: FAQs About Letters of Inquiry from the Department of Justice FARA Unit, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Trevor Potter, and Olivia N. Marshall, www.FARA.us, January 22, 2019
• New York's Comprehensive Lobbying Rules Set to Take Effect January 1, 2019, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, September 28, 2018
• U.S. Supreme Court Denies Request for Stay of Ruling Requiring Nonprofit Donor Disclosure, with Trevor Potter, Matthew T. Sanderson, Douglas N. Varley, and Sharon P. Want, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, September 19, 2018
• Federal District Court Vacates FEC Independent Expenditure Donor Disclosure Rule; Appeal Likely, with Trevor Potter, Matthew T. Sanderson, Douglas N. Varley, and Sharon P. Want, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, August 9, 2018
• IRS Donor Disclosure Requirements Eliminated for Most Nonprofit Organizations, with William D. Fournier, Sharon P. Want, Meghan R. Biss, and Douglas N. Varley, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, July 17, 2018
• Justice Department Releases Foreign Agent Advisory Letters, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, June 11, 2018
• An Overview of Political Advertising Policies for Google, Twitter, and Snapchat, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, May 21, 2018
• An Overview of Facebook's Election-Related Disclosure Program for Advertisers, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, May 3, 2018
• FEC Updates Contribution Limits for 2017-2018, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, February 2, 2017
• President Trump Issues Executive Order on Ethics, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, February 1, 2017
• SEC Fines 10 Investment Advisers for Pay-to-Play Violations, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, January 27, 2017
• Office of Congressional Ethics Too Important to be a Tweet Away From Death, The Hill Op-Ed, January 11, 2017
• Office of Government Ethics Revises Executive Branch Gift Rules, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, November 18, 2016
• IRS Rules Against Deductibility of Charitable Donations Made as Part of PAC Matching Program, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, April 27, 2016
• California Limits Ride-Along Lobbying Exception to Employees Who are Subject Matter Experts, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, March 24, 2016
• California Enhances Lobbying Disclosure Requirements for Lobbyist Employers and $5,000 Filers , with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, January 25, 2016
• Political Intelligence Firm Fined $375,000, Underscoring Need to Tailor Insider Trading Policies to Interactions with Government, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, December 1, 2015
• Carmen Group's $125,000 Penalty Latest in Increased Lobbying Disclosure Act Enforcement, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, August 31, 2015
• Summary of New York's New Political Disclosure Rules for Nonprofits, with Matthew T. Sanderson, William M. Klimon, Trevor Potter, and Douglas N. Varley, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, June 21, 2013
• Amended MSRB Rules G-37 and G-8 Require Enhanced Disclosure, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, April 4, 2013
• GAO Report Highlights Concerns Over Political Intelligence Disclosure, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, April 4, 2013
• FEC Increases Contribution Limits, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, January 30, 2013
• Campaign Finance: Remedies Beyond the Court, with Trevor Potter, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, January 8, 2013
• SEC & Massachusetts Sanction Goldman Sachs $16 Million, Underscoring Need for Vigorous Compliance With Pay-to-Play Rules, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, September 27, 2012
• DC Circuit Refuses to Stay Lower Court Ruling Requiring Disclosure of Funders of Electioneering Communications , with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, May 15, 2012
• President Obama Signs STOCK Act Into Law, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, April 5, 2012
• Senate-Passed STOCK Act Requires Political Intelligence Consultants to Register and Report under Lobbying Disclosure Act, with Trevor Potter and Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, February 7, 2012

Recent Speaking Engagements

•Speaker, Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA): Compliance Objectives for U.S. Entities, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, November 19, 2018

Recent News

•American Lawyer Quotes Bryson Morgan on DOJ's Focus on FARA Enforcement, The American Lawyer, March 10, 2019
•ABC News Quotes Bryson Morgan: Congress Has New Questions for Donald Trump Jr. About Moscow Tower Testimony, ABC News, March 7, 2019
•Bryson Morgan Talks to ABC News on Possible House Ethics Committee Investigation Ahead of Michael Cohen's Testimony, ABC News, February 27, 2019
•MEDIA ADVISORY: Caplin & Drysdale Launches FARA.us Website, a Centralized Resource of FARA Information, www.FARA.us, January 22, 2019
•ABC News Quotes Bryson Morgan on Michael Cohen's Relationship with Novartis, ABC News, July 13, 2018
•ABC News Quotes Bryson Morgan: Scott Pruitt's Landlord in Controversial Deal, ABC News, April 6, 2018
•Bryson Morgan Comments on EPA Chiefs' Rental Arrangement Constituting An Improper Gift, ABC News, March 29, 2018
•Washington Post Quotes Bryson Morgan: House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes Recuses Himself From Russia Probe, Washington Post, April 7, 2017
•Wall Street Journal Quotes Bryson Morgan on Trump's Revised Trust Agreement, The Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2017
•Roll Call Quotes Bryson Morgan: Crisis Averted but Future Is Still Unclear for House Watchdog, Roll Call, January 17, 2017
•Washington Post Quotes Trevor Potter and Bryson Morgan: Sessions Failed to Correctly Disclose Oil Interests, The Washington Post, January 9, 2017
•Bryson Morgan Speaks to MSNBC: House GOP Scraps Plan to Gut Ethics Office, MSNBC, January 3, 2017
•The New York Times Quotes Bryson Morgan on House Republicans Vote to Gut Independent Ethics Office, The New York Times, January 2, 2017
•WSJ Quotes Bryson Morgan on Congressional Members Access to Tickets to College Games, The Wall Street Journal, December 14, 2015
•The Salt Lake Tribune Quotes Matthew Sanderson and Bryson Morgan on the Unconstitutionality of DOMA, The Salt Lake Tribune, March 26, 2013
•ESPN Features Matthew Sanderson and Bryson Morgan on A Rich Tradition, ESPN, December 14, 2011
•Bryson Morgan Quoted in MSNBC, Sports Fans Play the Washington Game, MSNBC, October 28, 2011

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Political Law
  • White Collar Defense
  • Exempt Organizations

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(202) 862-7836  Phone
www.capdale.com/bmorgan
University Attended:
The University of Utah, H.B.A., cum laude; Harry S. Truman Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa, 2007
Law School Attended:
Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2011
Year of First Admission:
2011
Admission:
District of Columbia; 2011, Utah
Languages:
Portuguese
ISLN:
921850388

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