Jason Abel leads Steptoe’s political law and campaign finance practice and advises clients on a range of government affairs issues, including legislative strategy and process. Jason served as chief counsel for US Senate Committee on Rules & Administration Chairman Charles Schumer and prior to that, as counsel for Senator Schumer in his personal office.
Clients benefit from Jason’s valuable Capitol Hill experience, where he worked with Senate leaders on both sides of the aisle to craft and execute strategy for several successful pieces of bipartisan legislation.
Jason has significant experience working on complicated questions arising under the House and Senate Ethics and Gift Rules, the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (HLOGA), the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), and the various statutory provisions and rules surrounding conflict of interest and “revolving door” employment.
He also advises financial services firms, government contractors and other businesses, as well as nonprofit entities on federal, state, and local pay-to-play and campaign finance matters, lobbying compliance, and gift and entertainment rules.
Jason was a part of the team that investigated the firing of US attorneys by the Department of Justice (DOJ), and led a successful effort to persuade the DOJ to reverse course and extend benefits to the family members of fallen firefighters and auxiliary police officers.
As chief counsel of the Senate Committee on Rules & Administration, Jason led the strategic development and passage of the bipartisan Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE) Act of 2009, and the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011. Notably, Jason was the lead Senate aide for campaign finance issues including the DISCLOSE Act, the Democratic response to the Supreme Court’s opinion in Citizens United v. FEC.
- Chair, Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity Committee of the Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice, American Bar Association
- Compliance Committee Director, Online Programming Subcommittee Chair, Government Affairs Practice Committee of the Business Law Section, American Bar Association
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation
- J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2003, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Constitutional Law; Winner and Best Oralist, Edwin R. Keedy Cup Moot Court Competition
- University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, 2003, Certificate of Business and Public Policy
- B.A., University of Illinois, 2000
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