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Sep 19

Conservative Women's Network - Lois Lerner and the IRS Scandal: An Update on the Investigation and Cover-up

Cleta Mitchell

Cleta Mitchell is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Foley & Lardner LLP. With more than 40 years of experience in law, politics and public policy, Ms. Mitchell is one the nation's preeminent experts on campaign finance and political tax law.

She is the attorney responsible for exposing the IRS scandal and persuading members of Congress that conservative groups were facing abuse and harassment by the powerful government agency. She continues to uncover the truth about this extraordinary abuse of power.

Ms. Mitchell represents numerous candidates, campaigns and members of Congress, as well as state and national political party committees. She has served as legal counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

She has testified before Congress on numerous occasions related to election law, campaign finance and lobbying and ethics laws, and is a frequent speaker and guest commentator on political law. She was a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1976-1984 where she chaired the House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

Ms. Mitchell was in private law practice in Oklahoma City in litigation and administrative law until 1991 when she became director and general counsel of the Term Limits Legal Institute in Washington, D.C. She litigated cases in state and federal courts nationwide on congressional term limits and served as co-counsel with former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell in the U.S. Supreme Court case on term limits for members of Congress.

She speaks frequently for the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute and last year was presented with Luce's 2013 Woman of the Year Award.

Ms. Mitchell received her B.A. (high honors, 1973) and J.D. (1975) from the University of Oklahoma. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, the State of Oklahoma, the Supreme Court of the United States and federal district and appellate courts. She is married to Dale Mitchell and they have a grown daughter who is a successful corporate professional in Australia.

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