Craig has served as general counsel to two presidential campaigns, co-authored three amicus briefs to the US Supreme Court, counseled over 100 candidates and Members of Congress, and personally supervised the banking and reporting of over $300 million in campaign finance activities. He has helped dozens of Arent Fox clients create corporations, non-profits, and political committees by serving as their incorporator, initial board member, and assistant treasurer.
Craig served as the legal counsel to several national membership associations and multi-million dollar political committees. He is a regular consultant to Congressional oversight committees and political appointees seeking to comply with federal ethics laws.Craig also focuses on California state and local matters including municipal contracts, litigation, inter-governmental relations, public disclosure, qui tam investigations, defense of donors, and office holders.
Craig is probably best-known for bringing innovation to politics. He started one of the first SuperPacs, created the ability of political parties to make independent expenditures, created the legal framework for texting political contributions, won several unanimous Advisory Opinions at the FEC opening new areas of law, was the plaintiff in the defeat of New York State’s Anti- Citizens United Law in the Second Circuit, participated in striking DOMA in United States v. Windsor, and created new corporate forms for political activity. He has also been a consultant on several ballot referenda and campaign finance reform laws.
Craig served as General Counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) from 1995-2000. In that capacity he was responsible for the legal matters of a $90 million-per-cycle Republican National Political Party Committee. At the NRSC Craig created new joint fundraising agreements that are widely used today and the first-ever independent expenditure by a political party. He acted as counselor to Members of the US Senate, their campaign committees, and candidates on all aspects of election and office-holder laws.
From 1985 to 1995, Craig served at the Federal Election Commission as Legal and Executive Assistant to a Commissioner. Craig wrote the first “Statement of Reasons,” that created the system still in use by FEC Commissioners in agency litigation. He also oversaw litigation, regulatory, and enforcement matters brought under the Federal Election Campaign Act.