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Office of the General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) consists of five organization units: (1) the Deputy General Counsel - Administration; (2) the Deputy General Counsel - Law; (3) the Enforcement Division; (4) the Litigation Division; and (5) the Policy Division.

Daniel A. Petalas, Acting General Counsel


Daniel A. Petalas, Acting General Counsel The Federal Election Commission appointed Daniel A. Petalas to serve as Acting General Counsel beginning August 24, 2015. Since February 2012, Petalas served as the head of the Enforcement Division of the Office of the General Counsel. Prior to his arrival at the Commission, he was a Trial Attorney in the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice from 2003 to 2012, a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and from 1999 to 2003, a commercial litigation Associate with Vinson & Elkins LLP. Petalas received a B.A. from California State University—Fullerton, an M.A. in English Literature from Texas A&M University, and his J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was the Managing Editor of the Texas Law Review. After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Thomas M. Reavley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


Senior Staff


Toll-free: 800-424-9530 (press 0, then ext. 1650)
Locally: 202-694-1650

Law Library

The Commission law library, a government document depository, is located on the eighth floor and is open to the public. The library contains a basic reference collection, which includes materials on campaign finance reform, election law and current political activity. Visitors to the law library may use its computers to access the Internet and FEC databases. FEC advisory opinions and computer indices of enforcement proceedings (MURs) may be searched in the law library or the Public Records Office. For reference queries please contact Leta Holley, Law Library Director, at or 202-694-1516. For Inter Library Loans please contact Lucia Martinez ,, 202-694-1515.

Toll-free: 800-424-9530 (press 0, then ext. 1600)
Locally: 202-694-1600
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