Dan Backer is the founding attorney of DB Capitol Strategies, a premiere campaign finance and political law firm boutique in Alexandria, Virginia. Through his work at DB Capitol Strategies, and as founder and president of the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, Mr. Backer has served as counsel to over 100 campaigns & candidates, PACs, political organizations and political vendors. He has filed more than a dozen FEC Advisory Opinion Requests, numerous federal lawsuits against the FEC, including the groundbreaking 2014 Supreme Court case McCutcheon, et. al. v FEC, and regularly represents political law clients before the FEC and in federal court.
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 also counsel in Stop REID PAC et. al. v FEC (prior restraints on speech, in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia) and Combat Veterans For Congress PAC v FEC (personal liability of PAC Treasurers, in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia).
Before starting DB Capitol Strategies, Mr. Backer served as a “Legal Policy Analyst and Subject Matter Expert” in military and overseas voting for the Department of Defenses’ Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP). He is admitted to practice law in both Virginia and the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for DC, and the US District Courts for the Eastern & Western Districts of Virginia and DC. Mr. Backer has a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a JD from George Mason University School of Law, a Masters Certificate in PAC Management from George Washington University, 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.