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James V. Lacy

James V. Lacy
James V. Lacy is co-founder and managing partner of Wewer & Lacy, LLP.  Wewer and Lacy, LLP focuses on Election Law and Nonprofit Organization Law matters.  Jim has been recognized by the American Association of Political Consultants with their "Pollie Award" for his service and knowledge in the field of postal law in election campaigns.  He is the only political lawyer to ever receive a "Pollie" award for legal services. Jim represents political action committees, initiative committees, and candidates by handling their campaign finance law matters, serving as committee Treasurer, and representing these clients in litigation.  He has had numerous legal victories in political law in California: serving as lead counsel in Federal Court enjoining two statewide ballot propositions that violated First Amendment rights of slate mail publishers; winning a two-day trial against the Mission Viejo City Council for violating the Brown Act, and winning ballot designation litigations in counties across southern California, among other important accomplishments. He also advises nonprofit and public policy advocacy organizations in obtaining the full range of nonprofit benefits for their organizations, including: state and Federal tax exemption; nonprofit postal permits; organization of tax deductible supporting charitable foundation subsidiaries; and establishment of separate segregated funds for political action.  Jim also owns with his wife, Janice, Landslide Communications, Inc., which is the largest publisher of slate mail in California, at 14,200,000 pieces of mail in the 2010 elections. Jim is admitted to practice in California, the District of Columbia, and the U. S. Supreme Court. Jim served as Chief Counsel for Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.  from 1989-91 during the Bush I Administration, and as General Counsel to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (1987-89) during the Reagan Administration. He also served as Director of Export Trading Company Affairs in the International Trade Administration (1984-87), where he managed an antitrust certification program for U.S. exporters; and as a business liaison aide to the late Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige (1981-84).  In 1976, Jim was a delegate from California to the Republican National Convention for Ronald Reagan. In 1978, Jim was a co-founding director of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association,  with California’s Proposition 13 author, the late Howard Jarvis, which has grown to have the largest membership of any taxpayer organization in California. Jim is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union, which runs the annual national CPAC conference.  He was instrumental in opening the negotiations which resulted in the Young America's Foundation’s acquisition of the Reagan Western White House, in Santa Barbara. He currently serves as a member of the Republican State Central Committee of California, and as Chairman of the annual Western CPAC conference. Jim received his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University and his undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California, with summer study in Switzerland at the University of Geneva’s Cours sur les Institutions Internationales. Jim lives in the coastal community of Dana Point, California with his wife, Janice, and their German Shepard, "Ibo". He has served as a member of the Dana Point City Council, Acting Mayor, Chairman of the Planning Commission, and on the board of the Orange County Fire Authority. The son of opera singers, he and wife Janice enjoy classical music, and blogging on fine dining.

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