Person

Adav Noti

Nationality:

American

Occupation:

Vice President, Legal Director of Campaign Legal Center

Residence:

Washington, D.C

Adav Noti is the vice president and legal director of the Campaign Legal Center, a left-of-center advocacy group aligned that supports increased regulation of campaign speech and other left-leaning election administration policies. [1]

He has worked for the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as an attorney and as an associate general counsel for policy. [2]

During his time at the FEC, Noti litigated dozens of constitutional cases in district courts, courts of appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. One of these cases included the controversial Citizens United v. FEC, which upheld the First Amendment rights of corporations. [3]

Despite his tenure, Noti has been critical of the FEC, claiming that it is “utterly failing” to enforce and implement anti-corruption laws. [4]

Background

Adav Noti received a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in religious studies from Georgetown University, and a law degree from New York University School of Law. After left law school, Noti worked as a clerk for Judge Berle M. Schiller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. [5] [6]

He began his career as an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison LLP in August 2004 until February 2007. Noti left the firm to begin working as an attorney for the FEC in its Litigation Division until July 2012. During this time, he also became a special assistant United States attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in October 2011 and remained in that position until April 2012. [7]

Noti became the acting assistant general counsel for litigation for the FEC in July 2012 until February 2013, when he became an associate general counsel for policy, a position he held until April 2017. [8]

He left the FEC to work at the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), an advocacy group aligned with left-of-center interests that supports the expansion and strict enforcement of campaign finance laws. CLC opposes voter ID laws meant to protect elections from potential voter fraud and a Texas law requiring that voters provide proof of citizenship, and supports suffrage for released felons. [9]

Noti joined the Campaign Legal Center as its senior director of trial litigation and chief of staff in April 2017 until October 2021, when he became the organization’s vice president and legal director, a position he still held as of May 2022. [10]

Noti is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and a complaint examiner for the District of Columbia Office of Police Complaints. [11]

While at the FEC from 2007 and 2012, Noti litigated dozens of constitutional cases in district courts, courts of appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. One of these cases included the controversial Citizens United v. FEC, in which the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the ban on independent expenditures by corporations violated the First Amendment. This decision allowed non-profit organizations, labor unions, and businesses to spend money without limit in support or opposition of political candidates. [12] [13]

During his time as associate general counsel for policy at the Federal Election Commission, between 2013 and 2017, Noti “oversaw all legal recommendations regarding the FEC’s regulations and advisory opinions.” [14]

Noti testified before the Committee on House Administration, a part of the United States House of Representatives, in 2019. During his testimony, Noti claimed that he has “seen first-hand” how the Federal Election Commission is “utterly failing” to enforce and implement anti-corruption laws. He called this failure “one of the best-kept secrets in government, and one of the most shameful.” [15]

During the testimony, Noti claims that the FEC is guilty of “facilitating dark money,” or anonymous spending on politics and policy, but also fails to enforce its coordination rules, meaning corporations and political action committees can “illegally coordinate their spending with candidates.” [16]

Noti has also provided legal analysis on left-of-center news broadcasts such as “NBC Nightly News,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” and MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show.” [17]

References

  1. “Adav Noti.” Campaign Legal Center. March 12, 2020. Accessed May 2, 2022. campaignlegal.org/staff/adav-noti. ^
  2. “Adav Noti.” LinkedIn. Accessed May 2, 2022. https://www.linkedin.com/in/adav-noti-64999a15b/details/experience/. ^
  3. “Adav Noti Extended Bio.” House.Gov. Accessed May 2, 2022. https://docs.house.gov/meetings/JU/JU00/20190129/108824/HHRG-116-JU00-Bio-NotiA-20190129-U1.pdf. ^
  4. “Adav Noti – Testimony Before the Committee on House Administration.” House.Gov. Accessed May 2, 2022. https://docs.house.gov/meetings/HA/HA00/20190925/109983/HHRG-116-HA00-Wstate-NotiA-20190925-U1.pdf. ^
  5. “Adav Noti Extended Bio.” House.Gov. Accessed May 2, 2022. https://docs.house.gov/meetings/JU/JU00/20190129/108824/HHRG-116-JU00-Bio-NotiA-20190129-U1.pdf. ^
  6.  “FEC Announces Appointment of Adav Noti as Associate General Counsel.” August 12, 2016. Accessed May 2, 2022. www.fec.gov/updates/fec-announces-appointment-of-adav-noti-as-associate-general-counsel/. ^
  7. [1] “Adav Noti.” LinkedIn. Accessed May 2, 2022. https://www.linkedin.com/in/adav-noti-64999a15b/details/experience/. ^
  8. “Adav Noti.” LinkedIn. Accessed May 2, 2022. https://www.linkedin.com/in/adav-noti-64999a15b/details/experience/ ^
  9. “Cases & Actions.” Campaign Legal Center. April 27, 2022. Accessed May 2, 2022. campaignlegal.org/cases-actions. ^
  10. “Adav Noti.” LinkedIn. Accessed May 2, 2022. https://www.linkedin.com/in/adav-noti-64999a15b/details/experience/. ^
  11. “Adav Noti Extended Bio.” House.Gov. Accessed May 2, 2022. https://docs.house.gov/meetings/JU/JU00/20190129/108824/HHRG-116-JU00-Bio-NotiA-20190129-U1.pdf. ^
  12. Adav Noti Extended Bio.” House.Gov. Accessed May 2, 2022. https://docs.house.gov/meetings/JU/JU00/20190129/108824/HHRG-116-JU00-Bio-NotiA-20190129-U1.pdf. ^
  13. “More money, less transparency: A decade under Citizens United.” Open Secrets. Accessed May 2, 2022. www.opensecrets.org/news/reports/a-decade-under-citizens-united. ^
  14. “Adav Noti Extended Bio.” House.Gov. Accessed May 2, 2022. https://docs.house.gov/meetings/JU/JU00/20190129/108824/HHRG-116-JU00-Bio-NotiA-20190129-U1.pdf. ^
  15. “Adav Noti – Testimony Before the Committee on House Administration.” House.Gov. Accessed May 2, 2022. https://docs.house.gov/meetings/HA/HA00/20190925/109983/HHRG-116-HA00-Wstate-NotiA-20190925-U1.pdf. ^
  16. “Adav Noti – Testimony Before the Committee on House Administration.” House.Gov. Accessed May 2, 2022. https://docs.house.gov/meetings/HA/HA00/20190925/109983/HHRG-116-HA00-Wstate-NotiA-20190925-U1.pdf. ^
  17. “Adav Noti.” Just Security. Accessed May 2, 2022. https://www.justsecurity.org/author/notiadav/. ^
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