In his legal capacity, Clay has served as lead counsel for the effort to obtain pre-election funding for a third-party presidential candidate for the first time in U.S. history, ballot access in the 50 states, and has practiced before the Federal Election Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and Commission on Presidential Debates.
Clay has served for a number of years as a speaker, author, and faculty member on corporate and securities law maters for many organizations, including the SEC Institute and the State Bar of Texas, as well as various organizations related to the technology industry. Since 1992 he also has been active in the area of campaign finance reform and election law. In 2003 he served on the Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Presidential Primary System under the auspices of the Campaign Finance Institute. He served on the ABA National Advisory Committee on Election Law from 1993 to 1995 and from 1999 to 2001 and on the ABA Standing Committee on Election Law from 1995 to 1999.
keeping with his consistent political involvement, Clay was a
commentator on the PBS series "Follow the Money" and served on the
National Advisory Committee of the "Money, Politics and Public Voice"
project of the League of Women Voters. He has conducted seminars
concerning the regulation of ballot access and campaign activities for
National Duma members both at the Kennedy School and, as a guest of the
Russian Federation, the Moscow School of Political Studies. In 1998 he
hosted the Russian Federation Election Commissioner and delegation in
the U.S. to observe the U.S. federal election. He is also a Fellow of
the British American Project of the Royal Institute of International
Affairs, London and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International
Studies. He received his BA from Amherst College (1978) and his MA and
JD from the University of Virginia (1982).
In 2008, FairVote established a new Advisory Board comprised initially of recent members of its Board of Directors. These leaders receive updates from FairVote about our progress and regularly provide comments and advice:
- Nikolas Bowie, Yale undergraduate student
- Erin Bowser, executive director of Environment Ohio
- Antonio Gonzalez, President of Southwest Voter Registration Ed. Project
- Jesse Jackson Jr., Member of Congress
- Laura Liswood, CEO of Council on Women's World Leaders
- Nina Moseley, former executive director of Democracy South
- Clay Mulford, chief operating officer of National Math and Science Initiative
- Rashad Robinson, Director of media programs, GLAAD
- Katherine Spillar, executive editor of Ms. Magazine