Eli Schooley is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, and focuses his practice on political law and government ethics, as well as advocacy and regulatory work spanning various specific policy areas.
On behalf of public companies, nonprofits, and other entities, Eli has devised federal Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) and state lobbying and political ethics compliance programs, successfully defended entities in ethics investigations, and counseled executives regarding independent expenditures, outside advocacy groups, and election law compliance in the lead-up to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. In addition, Eli counsels clients regarding compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), having assisted at all stages of the review and investigation process associated with the growing enforcement of the law. Eli is a co-author of “A Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities,” released by K&L Gates, and periodically delivers lobbying and gift compliance trainings for clients.
With regard to his Congressional advocacy and agency regulatory work, Eli has assisted clients with legislative and regulatory comment letter drafting, is experienced at monitoring and tracking legislation and other policy developments, and has worked to form and maintain coalition groups, having planned and executed “fly-in” advocacy efforts for numerous clients. On a biweekly basis, he prepares and presents political and electoral analyses of House, Senate, and Presidential races to inform the allocation of funds from the K&L Gates PAC, one of the largest law firm political action committees in the nation.
Prior to joining the firm, Eli attended the University of Virginia School of Law and Kansas State University, serving as Student Body President at the latter. He has volunteered for various local and statewide political campaigns in his home state of Kansas, and has completed public policy-related internships at the local, state, and federal levels.