Kate Belinski

Kate Belinski

Partner, Ballard Spahr

ABOUT

Kate Belinski practices political and election law with a focus on lobbying and public policy, campaign finance, government ethics, and matters involving administrative law. Kate’s clients include corporations, trade associations, other nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, as well as PACs, Super PACs, other political committees, candidates, and officeholders. She counsels numerous members of Congress and their staffs on legal and financial disclosure obligations under the Ethics in Government Act and represents them before the House and Senate Ethics Committees.

Earlier in her career, Kate served as Senior Counsel to the Chair of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), subsequent to serving as an attorney in the Enforcement Division and as the agency’s Deputy Ethics Officer. She uses her deep legal knowledge to counsel clients on a range of issues under federal laws, including the Federal Election Campaign Act, Lobbying Disclosure Act, Foreign Agents Registration Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and Administrative Procedure Act, as well as state and federal pay-to-play laws. She advises on regulations promulgated by the IRS, Federal Communications Commission, and Securities and Exchange Commission, and represents clients in investigations by U.S. Senate and House committees, the Department of Justice, federal agencies, and state attorneys general.

During Kate’s tenure at the FEC, the agency grappled with significant changes to the campaign finance landscape driven by several court decisions, including Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. She provided guidance on the impact of changes in the law and the agency’s responses. In addition to helping manage the FEC’s day-to-day operations, Kate advised on campaign finance issues, government ethics, administrative law, and constitutional law. She drafted and negotiated regulations, advisory opinions, factual and legal analyses, policy statements, and agency procedures.