Government Affairs

Election Law

Preti's Government Affairs Practice Group contains several of northern New England's most experienced Election Law attorneys. For decades, our team has been a leader in solving legal issues surrounding political campaigns and the election process. We have served as counsel to numerous high-profile presidential congressional, gubernatorial and legislative campaigns in addition to having represented political parties and political action committees (PACs) across the ideological spectrum.

Daniel Walker and our team of Election Law attorneys have represented political parties such as the Maine Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee on election and political law issues ranging from constitutional rights to state ethics violations.

We are actively involved in the following areas during the legislative cycle:

Campaign Committee and PAC Formation
Our election attorneys form campaign committees and political action committees (PACs) to ensure that early steps in our clients' campaigns are managed quickly and accurately to provide a solid basis for their political venture. Getting these processes right avoids potential controversies later.

Ballot Access
When political campaigns face uncertainty or strategic challenges caused by ballot access laws, our Election Law attorneys are ready to step in. We have represented national and state-level political parties with legal disputes pertaining to candidacy registration, signature gathering, petition rules and ballot access appeals. In 2010, Preti Flaherty successfully defended The Democratic National Committee and the Maine Democratic Party against former presidential candidate Ralph Nader by challenging his right to be on the ballot after inspecting his 2004 campaign petitions.

Campaign Finance and Compliance
Federal and state campaign fundraising reporting requirements have grown increasingly complicated over the last two decades. Preti Flaherty's Election Law attorneys understand the intricacies of complying with these regulations and work with clients to ensure that these procedures are completed accurately and on time throughout the campaign process.

Violation of Election Regulations
Campaign violations can be detrimental to a candidate or political party – both during and after the campaign process. When a campaign violates an election regulation, ethics law or disclosure law, it is critical to respond quickly. Our Election Law attorneys represent clients before state ethics commissions, elections law enforcement agencies, and if necessary, the court system, to defend our political clients' interests or keep the campaign on track.

Recount Law
Campaign victories are often contested when a losing candidate requests a recount. Preti Flaherty's Election attorneys have overseen dozens of recounts and have represented clients whose business initiatives have been challenged by opponents who demanded a referendum recount. On either side of the issue, we assertively protect our client's interests during these long, detail-oriented proceedings.

Choosing a campaign's counsel, whether for a discrete matter or for the entire campaign process, is a decisive factor in achieving success at the polls. Preti Flaherty's Election Law attorneys are skilled at guiding candidates, committees, political parties or PACs through the complex legal issues involved in an election season.

Firm Highlights

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Preti Flaherty Continues Year of Remarkable Growth with Addition of Five New Attorneys

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of five new Associates to the firm: Scott A. DeLong, Christopher S. Knight, Kijana Plenderleith, Harper A. Weissburg, and Joshua D. Williams. In our Portland, Maine, office...

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U.S. News – Best Lawyers Ranks Preti Flaherty Among 2023 Best Law Firms

Preti Flaherty has been named among the 2023 Best Law Firms by the U.S. News – Best Lawyers rankings. To be eligible for ranking, a law firm must have at least one attorney named...

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Courts Could Throw State Marijuana Markets into Disarray

Over the past two decades, 37 states have legalized the production and/or sale of marijuana in some form. However, due to a lack of federal action, interstate commerce is still considered illegal and barred...

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Another Reminder to Update Policies and Procedures to Reflect Latest COVID-19 Guidance

We  last updated you in early August  regarding the latest COVID-19 quarantine and isolation guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”).  Cold and flu season is now upon us, and experts are...

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Court Rules Portland Rents Are Public Information, Not Trade Secrets

Rental information is public information and not protected from public record requests under the Maine Trade Secrets Act, according to a recent ruling by Justice Thomas R. McKeon of the Maine Business and Consumer Court. The...

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New EEOC Poster Requirement and Guidance on Notice-Posting in Hybrid Workplaces

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently updated the “EEO is the Law” poster and replaced it with a new one: “ Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal .” The new poster was...

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November 2022 Election Update

Maine State House Most of us who are obsessed with electoral politics expected a tight Gubernatorial race and, if not changes in control of the House or Senate, much closer margins between the majority...

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Preti Flaherty Supports Nationally Recognized Investigative Reporting

Preti Flaherty has been recognized for supporting an award-winning investigative Journalism in Maine.  The non-profit  Maine Monitor  published a nationally recognized series titled “Eavesdropping in Maine Jails” revealing widespread recording of  phone calls between jail...

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Portland Referenda and Legislative Leadership Update

In addition to all the state and national legislative races that were (mostly) decided by Wednesday morning, there were also 13 referendum questions on the Portland municipal ballot and one in Bar Harbor of...

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Attorney Shana Solomon Recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly "Top Women of Law" 2022

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that attorney Shana Solomon has been recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as part of the publication’s “Top Women of Law” list for 2022. Shana is a trial lawyer...