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Overview

Lane helps clients navigate state and federal political campaign finance law along with other election matters.

She advises professional associations and clubs, corporations and political campaigns, including presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, state Supreme Court candidates and political action committees (PACs). Clients rely on her guidance for issues of political giving, campaign finance, election law and legislative matters. Her experience includes serving on the team that represented the Republican National Committee (RNC) in the 2016 presidential election recount in Wisconsin. Lane also developed a comprehensive election integrity program for the state of Wisconsin during Governor Scott Walker's 2014 re-election campaign, and she has assisted in drafting more than 100 legislative proposals. Her current guidance to clients spans:

  • Campaign finance
  • Election law
  • Administrative law
  • Traditional lobbying

Lane enjoys helping clients navigate the intersection of law, politics and media awareness. She understands that due diligence in this legal sector must go beyond compliance and encompass campaign image. In addition to a focus on campaign finance matters, her career has centered on navigating the complex administrative rulemaking process, which has given her a unique knowledge of where administrative law and legislative matters align. Legal teams and clients appreciate her as a team player who always has candidates and end goals in mind.


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Education

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Psychology, Criminal Justice certificate

Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Federalist Society
Experience

Political Finance and Compliance

  • Served on legal team representing Republican National Committee (RNC) in 2016 presidential election recount in Wisconsin.
  • Developed comprehensive election integrity program for state of Wisconsin during Governor Scott Walker's 2014 re-election campaign.
  • As Election Day Operations Director for Republican Party of Wisconsin, advised on campaign finance compliance.
  • Recruited and trained +200 volunteer attorneys and nonattorneys to observe polling locations to ensure compliance with state law and federal election law.
  • Created, reviewed and filed campaign finance reports for federal and Wisconsin state political committees.
  • Updated and regularly maintained multiple online databases of political contributions.
  • Researched and drafted memoranda for Wisconsin political committees to ensure compliance with Wisconsin's campaign finance statutory scheme.

Lobbying

  • Advocated on behalf of Wisconsin business community before the legislature, administrative agencies and courts on matters of environmental, energy and regulatory policy.
  • Drafted and reviewed legislation and recommended bills for co-sponsorship.

Communications

  • Served as Policy and Communications Advisor to Wisconsin Senator.
  • As business association's Director of Environmental and Energy Policy, interfaced with media in all formats to educate public and policymakers.
  • Advised on communications as Director of Government Affairs and later as Special Counsel/Deputy Chief of Staff to the Attorney General, Wisconsin Department of Justice.
News Releases | December 16, 2019
Lane Ruhland Joins Husch Blackwell in Madison

Ruhland brings significant experience in regulatory issues, election law, campaign finance compliance and legislative affairs to the firm.

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