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  • J.D., Vanderbilt Law School, 2008
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Matthew T. Sanderson

Associate, Washington, D.C.
(202) 862-5046
msanderson@capdale.com | v-card | PDF
Matthew Sanderson is an Associate in the Political Law practice group of Caplin & Drysdale.

Services

Mr. Sanderson helps corporations, political committees, candidates, and advocacy groups comply with the increasingly numerous and complex federal, state, and local laws that govern political activity and commercial interaction with public-sector clients. Specifically, he advises clients on campaign-finance, "pay-to-play", ethics, and lobbying rules.

Highlights

Mr. Sanderson served as Outside Counsel for Governor Rick Perry's 2012 presidential campaign, Legal Counsel to Governor Mitt Romney's Commonwealth PACs, Campaign Finance Counsel for Senator John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, and General Counsel for a government reform commission created by Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. He, along with the rest of The Colbert Report team, received the prestigious Peabody Award in 2012 for efforts related to television personality Stephen Colbert's Super PAC. Mr. Sanderson is also a founder of 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. 

Mr. Sanderson is an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he teaches an advanced course on campaign finance regulation. He is frequently quoted on political matters in national media outlets, such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Associated Press.

Mr. Sanderson is a graduate of the University of Utah and of Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was a Chancellor's Scholar and member of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. He speaks Mandarin and has four children with his wife, Emily.

Awards & Rankings

  • Chambers USA, Associate to Watch, 2014
  • Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C., 2013 2014

Recent News

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Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Campaign Finance in the 2014 Election and in the Future, West LegalEdcenter, Webinar, November 10, 2014
  • Speaker, Best Practices in Corporate Political Activity, West LegalEdcenter, Webinar, October 13, 2014
  • Speaker, Effective Advocacy in Washington, Even Without a PAC, West LegalEdcenter, Webinar, September 15, 2014
  • Speaker, Engaging with Government: Recent Trends in Political Law, Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Web Conference, September 10, 2014
  • Speaker, The New ‘Super PAC'?: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Joint Fundraising Committees, Caplin & Drysdale, April 11, 2014
  • Speaker, Campaign Finance After Citizens United: Colbert Super PAC and Other (Less Hilarious) Phenomena, Utah State Bar Annual Conference, July 20, 2013
  • Speaker, Lessons from the Least Horrible Super PACs of 2012, Netroots Nation, 8th Annual Conference, June 22, 2013
  • Presenter, Campaign Finance after Citizens United: A Primer on Super PACs and Corporate Political Activity, West LegalEdcenter and Westlaw GC, Webcast, May 8, 2012

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Recent Publications

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