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 activities. Craig has helped dozens of Arent Fox clients create corporations, non-profit and political committees by serving as their incorporator, initial board member and assistant treasurer.
Craig has served as the general counsel to several national membership associations and multi-million dollar political committees. He also is a regular consultant to Congressional committees and political appointees who are seeking to investigate various aspects of federal law.
Craig also has an additional focus on California state and local matters including municipal contracts, litigation, inter-governmental relations, public disclosure and defense of office holders.
Craig is probably best-known for bringing innovation to politics. He created one of the first SuperPacs, created the legal framework for texting political contributions, won several Advisory Opinions at the FEC opening new areas of law, successfully defeated 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 is the co-author of 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 in wide use 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” and created the system now in use by the Commissioners in litigation. He also oversaw litigation, regulatory, and enforcement matters brought under the Federal Election Campaign Act.