Benjamin Barr

Benjamin Barr

Partner

202.719.1717
  202.595.4671
ben@statecraftlaw.com

Benjamin Barr focuses his practice on election law, constitutional law, new media operations, and political privacy. He is the lead attorney for Project Veritas and James O’Keefe’s undercover journalism operations.

Noteworthy experience includes the following:
  • Counsel to two chairmen of the Federal Election Commission.
  • The United States Supreme Court favorably cited Barr’s First Amendment work in Citizens United v. FEC.
  • Delivered several noteworthy victories in national political speech cases, including reversing former Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s prosecution in Texas and overturning a ban on certain political contributions in Illinois.
  • Regularly involved in protecting high-profile clients from prosecutorial overreach with a focus on defending First Amendment rights.
  • Safeguards clients against political espionage and infiltration
Representative litigation:
  • Republican Party of Minnesota v. White
  • FEC v. Beaumont
  • McConnell v. FEC
  • Lux v. White
  • Wisconsin Right to Life v. Shoeber
  • Anderson v. Spear
  • Alaska Right to Life v. Feldman
  • Lux v. Snelling
  • National Defense PAC v. FEC
  • Free Speech v. FEC
  • Williams v. City of Cheyenne
  • Wills v. Maxfield
  • Brophy v. Maxfield
  • Two Unnamed Plaintiffs v. FEC
  • Ball v. Madigan
  • Crookston v. Johnson
  • Democracy Partners v. Project Veritas Action Fund

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D. (2001)

  • Moot Court Honor Society
  • Online Articles Editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property
  • Recipient of CALI Award for Excellence (highest single grade awarded) in: Internet Law, Conflicts of Law, and Justice and the Legal System

Universitat Oldenburg, Germany (1998)

  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom (German language certification)
University of Wyoming, B.A., B.S. (1998)
  • German
  • Political Science
Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom
  • Associate involved in election law and constitutional litigation
  • Involvement in three challenges before the United States Supreme Court
Goldwater Institute
  • Directed the Center for Constitutional Studies
  • Senior Fellow
Federal Election Commission
  • Counsel to Commissioner David Mason
  • Counsel to Commissioner Don McGahn
Federalist Society
  • Executive Board Member – Civil Rights Practice Group
  • James Madison Club member
Republican National Lawyers Association
  • Advisory Council
Indiana Right to Life
  • Former board member
  • “This Land is My Land: Reforming Eminent Domain after Kelo v. City of New London,” Goldwater Institute, Jan. 17, 2006 (co-authored).
  • “Defining the Fundamental Principles of the Arizona Constitution,” Goldwater Institute, Nov. 1, 2006.
  • “Your Tax Dollars at Work: The Implications of Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying,” Goldwater Institute, Jan. 23, 2007.
  • “Regifting the Gift Clause: How the Arizona Constitution Can End Corporate Subsidies,” Goldwater Institute, May 14, 2007.
  • “Muddy Waters: Deconstructing the Clean Water Act in Arizona,” Goldwater Institute, Jan. 28, 2008.
  • “Arizona’s Struggle for Sovereignty: The Consequences of Federal Mandates,” Goldwater Institute, June 12, 2008.
  • “In Defense of the Wyoming Constitution,” Wyoming Liberty, Feb. 2, 2009.
  • “Living Debt Free: Restoring Arizona’s Commitment to its Constitutional Debt Limit,” Goldwater Institute, Jan. 5, 2010.
  • “Rediscovering the ACC’s Roots: Returning to the Original Purpose of the Arizona Corporation Commission,” Goldwater Institute, May 8, 2010.
  • “Opening the Political Speech Dam,” Wyoming Group, Feb. 2011.
  • “Medical Freedom Zones,” Wyoming Liberty Group, Nov. 2011.
  • “Publius was not a PAC,” Wyoming Law Review, 2014 (co-authored).
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court