Matthew T. Sanderson

Matthew T. Sanderson

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Matthew Sanderson is an associate in the Political Activity Law practice group of Caplin & Drysdale.


Mr. Sanderson helps corporations, political committees, candidates, and advocacy groups comply with the increasingly numerous and complex federal, state, and local laws that govern political activity and commercial interaction with public-sector clients. Specifically, he advises clients on campaign-finance, “pay-to-play”, ethics, and lobbying rules.


Mr. Sanderson served as Campaign Finance Counsel for McCain-Palin 2008, Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign committee. He now serves as Chief of Staff for the Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy, an entity created by Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. to review Utah’s ethics, lobbying, campaign-finance, redistricting, and election laws. Mr. Sanderson is a graduate of the University of Utah and of Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was a Chancellor’s Scholar and member of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.

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