E. StewartCrosland


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Stewart Crosland counsels clients on all aspects of law related to the political process and elections, with a focus on high-stakes regulatory enforcement, congressional investigations, and other governmental oversight matters. Stewart has represented numerous corporate and political clients — including officeholders; former cabinet officers; campaigns of presidential, Senate, and House candidates; and the national Republican political party committees — through congressional oversight investigations, Department of Justice (DOJ) inquiries, and enforcement actions at the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Stewart also routinely advises clients on litigation in federal and state courts and compliance with campaign finance and election administration laws, ethics and gift rules, communications laws, pay-to-play restrictions, and advertising and promotions laws.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2017, Stewart served as senior counsel at the Republican National Committee (RNC) during the 2016 election cycle. During this time he advised the national party committee, as well as state and local parties, on campaign finance and other election law compliance issues; reviewed digital, mail, and telephone fundraising and advocacy communications; and gained substantial experience administering and ensuring compliance of presidential joint fundraising committees. Stewart also drafted responses to enforcement complaints, comments to rulemakings, and other filings to the FEC and was responsible for managing RNC litigation matters.

In addition, Stewart served as counsel to two chairmen of the FEC, where he provided legal counsel on their administration and enforcement of the Federal Election Campaign Act and FEC regulations, gaining firsthand understanding of the agency's enforcement, advisory opinion, rulemaking, and audit processes.


  • Nonprofits challenge FEC's enforcement policyJones Day represents nonprofit groups challenging a policy adopted by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to deliberately conceal from the public and courts the FEC Commissioners' actions taken in otherwise terminated enforcement proceedings.
  • Arizona Republican Party obtains landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisionIn a landmark decision on July 1, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of Jones Day’s client, the Arizona Republican Party, by upholding Arizona’s ban on ballot harvesting and its rule that in-person voters must cast ballots in their assigned precincts.
  • National political campaign obtains appellate stay of discovery in TCPA litigationJones Day represented a national political campaign in obtaining an emergency stay of discovery pending appeal in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuit.
  • State and national political party committees defend election statute in Pennsylvania Supreme CourtJones Day represented state and national political party committees that intervened to defend a Pennsylvania election administration statute.