Neil Reiff

Neil ReiffNeil P. Reiff is a founding member of the firm of Sandler, Reiff, Young & Lamb, P.C., in Washington, D.C., with over fifteen years of experience concentrating advising national and state party committees, candidates and other political organizations in campaign finance and election law matters.

Mr. Reiff’s primary field of expertise is federal and state campaign finance law. He has successfully represented numerous clients before the Federal Election Commission and various state election agencies. Skilled in all stages of financial and compliance matters, Mr. Reiff has produced favorable results for a variety of clients, in a broad range of administrative activities, including advisory opinions, enforcement matters and government audits. Mr. Reiff has been counsel in over one hundred enforcement matters before the Commission in the past several years. Most importantly, he is able to assist in the proper structuring of any political organization’s financial and compliance activities on a day-to-day basis.

Some of Mr. Reiff’s most notable accomplishments before the Commission include the following advisory opinions and enforcement matters that have provided significant precedents to those undertaking political activities.

  • An FEC Advisory Opinion that permits committees to raise funds for an eventual federal candidate during a contested primary and escrow the funds for the eventual nominee (Advisory Opinion 2003-23 (We Lead))
  • An FEC Advisory Opinion that paves the way for state party committees to create a regional party organization to work together on common interests (Advisory Opinion 2004-12 (Democrats for the West)
  • An FEC Advisory Opinion that allowed a federal officeholder to create an exploratory committee for his potential run for Mayor (Advisory Opinion 2005-12)
  • An FEC Advisory Opinion that permitted a United States Senator to appear in the television commercial sponsored by a mayoral candidate in which the Senator endorsed the mayoral candidate (Advisory Opinion 2003-25)
  • The dismissal of an FEC enforcement matter against a state party committee and United State Senate candidate after a five-year Commission investigation in which the Commission initially had sought a significant civil penalty.
  • The dismissal of a complaint against a radio station whose on-air employee was also a candidate for Congress.
  • The dismissal of several complaints against state party committees against allegations that the committee’s did not engage in sufficient volunteer activity to undertake “exempt” party mailings on behalf of their federal candidates.

Mr. Reiff has spoken on numerous panels on campaign finance law and has provided public testimony before the Federal Election Commission on numerous occasions. Mr. Reiff has also co-authored two amicus briefs pertaining to campaign and election law before the United States Supreme Court. In addition, Mr. Reiff was a member of the legal team representing plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court case McConnell v. FEC.

Mr. Reiff is the co-author of The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002: Law and Explanation, a book published by CCH in 2002. He has also co-authored several articles on campaign finance law, including “Is the Campaign Finance Legal Regime Ready for the Internet?” (Campaigns & Elections, 1999), “What’s Next for Free Speech?” (Legal Times, 2003), and “The ’527′ Fuss Explained” (Campaigns & Elections, 2004).

Mr. Reiff, along with partner Joe Sandler, was cited in the December 2004 and 2007 issues Washingtonian magazine as one of Washington’s best lawyers. He joined the faculty of William and Mary Law School as an adjunct professor in the Fall of 2007 to teach courses on campaign finance and election law.

Prior to becoming Deputy General Counsel at the DNC, Mr. Reiff served the DNC as Deputy Compliance Director (1990-1991) and Compliance Director (1991-1993). In that capacity, Mr. Reiff was responsible for ensuring DNC compliance with federal and state election laws, as well as the filing of all disclosure reports by the DNC with federal and state election authorities. From June 1993 until May 1998, Mr. Reiff served as Deputy General Counsel of the Democratic National Committee, until joining Joe Sandler in founding Sandler, Reiff, Young & Lamb.

Mr. Reiff often conducts trainings and seminars for state and local party organizations and other non-profit organizations. His expertise is frequently called upon by the newsmedia: he is often quoted in national newspapers including Roll Call and USA Today.

Mr. Reiff graduated from the National Law Center at George Washington University in 1992. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1989.

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