Matthew Sanderson is an Associate in the Political Law practice group of Caplin & Drysdale.
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.
- How Cozy Can Candidates Be With Political Groups? It All Depends, NBC News Investigations (July 1, 2014)
- Super PAC Fights for Ability to Raise Unlimited Contributions, The Advocate (February 12, 2014)
- Why Is Herman Cain Trying to Cure Your Erectile Dysfunction? When Failed Presidential Candidates Become Spam Kings, New Republic (January 26, 2014)
- Gay Marriage: Utah Groups Send Justices their Arguments, The Salt Lake Tribune (March 26, 2013)
- Scott Brown's Daughter Paid $9,500 to Sing at Campaign Events, The Boston Globe (February 3, 2012)
- A Rich Tradition, ESPN (December 15, 2011)
- Matt Sanderson and PlayoffPAC Nominated for Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year, Sports Illustrated (November 18, 2011)
- THE 3-MINUTE INTERVIEW: Matthew Sanderson, The Examiner (October 16, 2011)
- Group Shapes Debate on College Football Championship, Despite Tiny Budget, Washington Post (August 17, 2011)
- Campaign Work Led to Place at Law Firm, Washington Post (August 7, 2011
- Politico "Trumpets" Trevor Potter and Matthew Sanderson on Their Representation of Stephen Colbert, Politico (July 5, 2011)
- The Washingtonian Takes Note of Trevor Potter and Matthew Sanderson's Success in Obtaining FEC Approval for Colbert SuperPac, The Washingtonian (July 1, 2011)
- PlayoffPAC Keeps Pressure on BCS, USA Today (June 8, 2011)
- Political Heavy Hitters Take On College Bowls, The New York Times (January 10, 2011)
- College Football Playoff Backer Files Tax Complaint Against Bowls, Bloomberg (September 23, 2010)
- Clicking Candidate.com, Landing at Opponent.com, The New York Times (September 14, 2010)
- Lock Down Yourname.com Domain If You Plan to Run for Office or It Could Cost You, The Hill (February 25, 2010)
- Will Government Intervene in BCS Mess?, USA Today (January 6, 2010)
- Fleischer vs. PAC in Bowl Brawl, Politico (January 5, 2010)
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