Kate A. Belinski


Tel 202.661.2225
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

Kate Belinski practices political and election law with a focus on lobbying and public policy, campaign finance, government ethics, and matters involving administrative law. Kate's clients include corporations, trade associations, other nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, as well as PACs, Super PACs, other political committees, candidates, and officeholders. She counsels numerous members of Congress and their staffs on legal and financial disclosure obligations under the Ethics in Government Act and represents them before the House and Senate Ethics Committees.

Earlier in her career, Kate served as Senior Counsel to the Chair of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), subsequent to serving as an attorney in the Enforcement Division and as the agency’s Deputy Ethics Officer. She uses her deep legal knowledge to counsel clients on a range of issues under federal laws, including the Federal Election Campaign Act, Lobbying Disclosure Act, Foreign Agents Registration Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and Administrative Procedure Act, as well as state and federal pay-to-play laws. She advises on regulations promulgated by the IRS, Federal Communications Commission, and Securities and Exchange Commission, and represents clients in investigations by U.S. Senate and House committees, the Department of Justice, federal agencies, and state attorneys general.

During Kate's tenure at the FEC, the agency grappled with significant changes to the campaign finance landscape driven by several court decisions, including Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. She provided guidance on the impact of changes in the law and the agency's responses. In addition to helping manage the FEC's day-to-day operations, Kate advised on campaign finance issues, government ethics, administrative law, and constitutional law. She drafted and negotiated regulations, advisory opinions, factual and legal analyses, policy statements, and agency procedures.

Pro Bono Experience

Kate serves pro bono as general counsel of Women in Government Relations, a non-partisan professional society, and provides pro bono counsel to the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) and the Juvenile Law Center.

Professional Activities

Women in Government Relations, General Counsel

Recognition & Accomplishments

Washington, DC Super Lawyers: Legislative and Governmental Affairs, 2014-2020

Chambers USA, government: political law, (nationwide), 2017-2020

Named a "D.C. Rising Star" by the National Law Journal, 2017

Named a "Top Lawyer," for Campaign and Election law by Washingtonian Magazine, 2015, 2017, and 2018


Co-author, "DOJ Updates Guidance on the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs," Ballard Spahr alert, June 4, 2020

Co-author, "Congress Considering New Federal Price Gouging Laws," Ballard Spahr alert, April 10, 2020

Co-author, "Federal Lobby Reporting Changes: You Need to Know JACK," Ballard Spahr alert, April 2, 2019

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Corporations, Non-Profits, and Their Executives under FARA," 2nd National Forum on FARA – Foreign Agents Registration Act December 4, 2020

Speaker, "Corporate Political Participation in a Hyper Partisan World," ACC Greater Philadelphia Virtual Ethics & Compliance Law Week, December 1, 2020

Speaker, "Lobbying vs. Education," 2020 NFOIC FOI Summit, September 25, 2020

Presenter, "Tech in Our Elections: Democratizing Force or a Threat to Democracy?" Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law Symposium, January 20, 2020

Presenter, "Advocacy Legal Considerations," EEI Campaign Institute, December 11, 2019

Presenter, "Federal Ethics Compliance: Rules of the Road for Interactions with Federal Government Officials," Ballard Spahr CLE, December 3, 2019

Co-Presenter, "ETHICS: How to Identify and Address Client Conflict," Energy Bar Association Mid-Year Energy Forum, October 16, 2019

Presenter, "State Ethics Refresher," Women in Government Relations webinar, August 19, 2019

Presenter, "Federal Ethics Refresher," Women in Government Relations webinar, August 8, 2019

Presenter, "FEC Compliance: What's New this Campaign Cycle?" 38th Annual CampaignExpo, Washington, D.C., July 18, 2019

Co-presenter, "Ethics Refresher," Government Relations Association and American Trucking Association, Washington, D.C., April 24, 2019

Co-presenter, "The Boogeyman Is Coming: Emerging Threats in Lobbying Disclosure & Compliance," Professional Women in Advocacy (PWIA) Conference, Washington, D.C., October 10, 2018

Co-presenter, "Ethics Refresher," Government Relations Association and American Trucking Association, Washington, D.C., June 8, 2018

Presenter, "Methods for Tracking Lobbying Activities," Public Affairs Council webinar, June 7, 2017

Presenter, "Campaign Finance," Women Unlocking Nonprofits Conference hosted by the Public Leadership Education Network, Washington, D.C., February 25, 2016

Presenter, "Methods for Tracking Lobbying Activities," Public Affairs Council webinar, November 12, 2015

Board Memberships

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Church Council member

Community Activities

St. Paul's Men's Shelter, Advisory Committee member

St. Paul's Food Pantry, Volunteer Coordinator

Friendship Place Congregation Committee member

George Mason University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2006)

American University (B.A. 2001)
Phi Beta Kappa

District of Columbia