William A. Powers

  • Of Counsel at Rubin and Rudman LLP
  • 800 Connecticut Ave., NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20006
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William focuses his practice on political law and campaign finance issues. Drawing on his decade-long career in government, including as a top enforcement official at the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Mr. Powers helps clients navigate laws related to campaign finance, lobbying, ethics, gift and gratuities, and pay-to-play.

William represents individuals, corporations, political committees (including ballot measure committees and Super PACs), as well as non-profit organizations, such as 501(c)(3) charities, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations, and 501(c)(6) trade associations. He provides guidance in all aspects of political law, including such laws as:

•Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) and Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA or McCain-Feingold);
•Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA);
•U.S. House and Senate Ethics Rules;
•Similar rules at the state, local, and municipal level.

He also has extensive experience with state and local election laws governing ballot measure initiatives, including in Massachusetts.

His practice often involves internal investigations and white collar defense, especially those related to election law, bribery, and other anti-corruption statutes. He represents clients who may face parallel or overlapping investigations by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the FEC, and other law enforcement agencies.

Before starting private practice, William worked in the Office of General Counsel at the Federal Election Commission, where he served as Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement. In that role he led investigations and handled some of the agency’s most complex matters, including those involving 501(c)(4) organizations, LLCs, and other third-party groups active in federal elections.

Representative Experience

•Numerous dismissals of FEC enforcement matters (MURs) for clients alleged to have made corporate or reimbursed (i.e., conduit) contributions;
•Forming and counseling super PACs; 501(c)(4) organizations, and separate segregated funds (SSFs); and
•Compliance with state and local ballot measure rules.

Publications and Speaking

•Author, New England Roundup: Political Law News from the Town Square to the Region’s Capitals, Client Newsletter, July, 2018
•Speaker, “Politics in the Workplace,” American Society of Association Executives Webinar, March, 2017

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Government Strategies & Regulatory Compliance
  • Litigation
  • Political Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(240) 356-1564  Phone
University Attended:
University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.A., Political Science
Law School Attended:
University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude; B.S., Psychology, summa cum laude
Year of First Admission:
District of Columbia; Massachusetts; New York; Connecticut

Community and Professional Involvement

•Assistant General Counsel - Enforcement, Federal Election Commission, November 2012 - March 2016
•Law Clerk, The Honorable Ellen Ash Peters - Chief Justice (Retired), May 2006-July 2007
•Trustee, University of Massachusetts, July 2002-June 2003.


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