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M.P.P., The George Washington University

B.A., cum laude, Muhlenberg College

Karen E. Trainer

Senior Reporting Specialist

Karen advises clients on compliance with federal and state campaign finance, ethics, and lobbying rules and reporting requirements, with the guidance of lawyers in the firm.

Representative Experience

  • Working closely with lawyers in the firm, Karen:
    • Advises candidates, political committees, corporations, and trade associations on campaign finance, ethics, and lobbying rules and reporting requirements.
    • Advises clients on compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) and its detailed reporting requirements.
    • Assists clients with reporting to state and local election authorities and the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
    • Provides advice to candidates and officeholders concerning personal financial disclosure report (PFD) filing requirements.

Professional Experience

  • Senior Campaign Finance Analyst (2006-2007) and Campaign Finance Analyst (2004-2006), Federal Election Commission, Reports Analysis Division


  • The Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL)
  • Public Affairs Council (PAC)
  • State Government Affairs Council (SGAC)
  • Women in Government Relations (WGR)

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