Heidi K. Abegg is Senior Counsel at Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, LLP. Her areas of practice include federal, state and local election law and campaign finance law, federal and state lobbying registration and disclosure, ethics compliance, communication laws, formation of, governance and tax issues of non-profit organizations, and donor disclosure issues, among others.
Ms. Abegg specializes in the integration of law and public policy, including the opportunities and challenges nonprofit entities face when engaged in government relations, grassroots advocacy, political campaigns, and strategic communications. Her clients include non-profit organizations, including charities, social welfare organizations, professional societies, trade associations, Section 527 organizations, association political action committees, as well as candidate committees, Presidential campaign committees, independent expenditure committees, donors, lobbyists and consultants, and unregistered political organizations.
She has prepared position papers, submitted comments and testified before the Federal Election Commission, filed amicus briefs in various courts, including in the Kentucky Supreme Court on behalf of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, and defended against suits brought by the Federal Election Commission and third parties.
Prior to joining Webster, Chamberlain & Bean in 2001, Ms. Abegg practiced civil litigation, with an emphasis on constitutional law in trial and appellate courts across the country. Ms. Abegg had principal responsibility for litigating First Amendment/election law cases at the agency level, and throughout the state and federal court systems.
Ms. Abegg has litigated campaign finance cases in state and federal courts, most notably:
•Gov. Gray Davis v. American Taxpayers Alliance, 102 Cal.App.4th 449 (Cal.App.Ct.2002)
•Griset v. Fair Political Practices Comm'n, 23P.3d 43 (Cal. 2001)
•Perry v. Bartlett, 231 F.3d 155 (4th Cir. 2000) (argued and on brief)
•Citizens for Responsible Gov't State PAC v. Davidson, 236 F.3d 1174 (10th Cir. 2000)
•California ProLife Council PAC v. Scully, No. S-96-1965 (E.D. Cal. 2000)
•Anderson v. Spear, 189 F.Supp.2s 644 (E.D. Ky. 2002)
•Federal Election Comm’n v. The Christian Coalition, 52 F. Supp. 2d 45 (D.D.C. 1999)
She has also authored several publications including:
•Author: Worker Centers: Charities or Labor Organizations Masquerading as Charities, and the Impact of an IRS Decision on the Question, 14 Engage 3 (Oct. 2013).
•Co-Author: The Developing Constitutional Standards for Coordinated Expenditures; Has the Federal Election Commission Finally Found a Way to Regulate Issue Advocacy?, Election Law Journal 209, 2002.
•Co-Author: Lobbying and Political Expenditures, Tax Management, Inc., 2002.
•Co-Author: Free Speech and the Christian Coalition Case, Free Speech and Election Law News, Summer, 1999.