Cleta Mitchell is a partner and political law attorney at Foley & Lardner LLP, and a member of the firm’s Political Law Practice. With more than 40 years of experience in law, politics, and public policy, Ms. Mitchell advises nonprofit and issue organizations, corporations, candidates, campaigns, and individuals on state and federal campaign finance law, election law, and compliance issues related to lobbying, ethics, and financial disclosure.
She practices before the Federal Election Commission, the ethics committees of the US House and Senate, and similar state and local enforcement bodies and agencies.
Ms. Mitchell represents numerous candidates, campaigns, and members of Congress, as well as state and national political party committees. She has served as legal counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee. Ms. Mitchell served as co-counsel for the National Rifle Association in the Supreme Court case involving the 2002 federal campaign finance law.
Cleta has extensive experience with the federal lobbying and ethics law enacted by Congress in 2007, having taught dozens of seminars on the subject since its passage. In 2008, Ms. Mitchell authored The Lobbying Compliance Handbook, published by Columbia Books, Inc.
In 1999, she authored "The Rise of America’s Two National Pastimes: Baseball and the Law," published by the University of Michigan Law Review, and in 2012, Ms. Mitchell authored “Donor Disclosure: Undermining The First Amendment,” published by the Minnesota Law Review. In 2013, she was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, “How to Investigate the IRS.”
Ms. Mitchell was named a "Top Lawyer" in Washington D.C. by the Washingtonian for her work in political and campaign law. In 2012, National Journal named her one of Washington’s 25 Most Influential Women.
Cleta is the former chairman of the American Conservative Union Foundation, and has served as the president of the Republican National Lawyers Association.
Ms. Mitchell received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Oklahoma.