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Recorded: October 5, 2020

Length: 1hour 30 min

Speaker: Matthew Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale


Details: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of foreign meddling in the 2016 presidential election brought to prominence the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a 1938 law adopted to counter Nazi propaganda in the United States by requiring “agents” of foreign parties to register with the U.S. government.


FARA’s recently raised profile has engendered broad interest in the law and its applicability beyond parties, like lobbyists, traditionally understood to be within FARA’s scope. During the discussion, you will learn:


  • FARA’s mechanics
  • Various areas of ambiguity
  • Recent FARA developments
  • Emerging relevance within the profession



  • Mathew Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale
    • Matthew Sanderson co-leads the Political Law Practice Group at Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered.  Matthew has served as counsel to Senator John McCain, Senator Mitt Romney, Senator Rand Paul, and Governor Rick Perry, among other candidates for national office. He is the co-editor of Thomson Reuters’ legal treatise on political law, a member of the American Bar Association’s Task Force on the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Virginia School of Law.  Matthew also serves as editor of, a comprehensive online resource of information about the Foreign Agents Registration Act.



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Avoiding Trouble Under FARA

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