David M. Mason
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The Honorable David M. Mason is Senior Vice President of Compliance Services at Aristotle, the pioneer in political technology. He assists campaigns, PACs and political parties in maximizing their effectiveness while complying with federal and state regulatory requirements.
Mason served as Commissioner and Chairman (2002 and 2008) of the Federal Election Commission from 1998 until 2008, a presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed position. The Commission administers public funds for presidential candidates and regulates the financing of federal political activity, national political parties and House and Senate campaigns. Among his accomplishments at the FEC were:
- Freeing political activity on the Internet from federal regulation
- Developing a standard for dismissal of meritless FEC complaints
- Streamlining agency enforcement and regulatory processes
- Promoting improved internal controls for political committees
- Reforming agency management.
Commissioner Mason previously served as a Vice President and Senior Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a leading public policy organization. He conducted and supervised studies on financial regulation, the federal budget, legislative and regulatory processes, government ethics, campaign finance and elections.
President Reagan appointed Mason as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Legislative Affairs) where he was instrumental in working with Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci and Representative Dick Armey in securing passage of base closing legislation.
Mason served in staff positions in the U.S. Congress for Senator John Warner and Representatives Tom Bliley and Trent Lott, ending as Staff Director to the House Republican Whip. He worked on a variety of budget and regulatory issues and played key roles in securing passage of aid to anti-communist forces in Central America and on a successful discharge petition for the McClure-Volkmer firearms deregulation bill.
Commissioner Mason has testified before Congress over 20 times, addressed international conferences on elections and appeared in or wrote for scores of American print and broadcast media outlets. He is an honors graduate of Claremont McKenna College in Government, graduated with highest honors from Concord Law School and is a member of the California Bar.
David, his wife Margaret and their ten children reside in Lovettsville, Virginia where they operate a small tree farm.
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