Admitted In: Virginia and District of Columbia
Mr. Backer has served as counsel to more than 100 campaigns & candidates, PACs, and political organizations, including the largest grassroots-driven SuperPACs of the past two cycles, and over $100 Million in pro-Republican political spending. He has filed more than two dozen FEC Advisory Opinion Requests and FEC complaints on behalf of clients, numerous lawsuits against the FEC, and regularly represents political law clients before the FEC.
Mr. Backer is a staunch defender and advocate at the forefront of free speech and associational rights. He was Plaintiffs’ counsel in McCutcheon v FEC (striking aggregate contribution limits, US Supreme Court) and Carey v FEC (Creating the Hybrid PAC, US District Court for the District of Columbia). He is admitted to practice law in both Virginia and the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for DC, the 2nd and 4th Circuits, and the US District Courts for the Eastern & Western Districts of Virginia, Western District of Wisconsin, and District of DC. Mr. Backer has a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a JD from George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law, a Masters Degree in Political Management and Masters Certificate in PAC Management from George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, and the Professional Lobbying Certificate (PLC) from the American League of Lobbyists. Mr. Backer was a 2014 recipient of the prestigious William F. Buckley Leadership Award of the Young Conservatives Coalition.
Prior to joining Chalmers & Adams as a Member, Mr. Backer was founding attorney of political.law PLLC, a premiere campaign finance and political law firm in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Backer has been featured in Ballotpedia and Conservapedia, and has written more than 50 op-eds (https://www.danbacker.com/articles), including articles at USA Today, Fox News, Inside Sources, the Daily Caller, Investor’s Business Daily, and The Federalist.