Senior Fellow, Democracy



Tom Moore

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Tom Moore is a senior fellow at American Progress, where he focuses on democracy and government reform. From 2015 to 2023, Moore served as counsel and then chief of staff to Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), where he advised the commissioner on all aspects of her duties, including policy and litigation matters, enforcement actions, communications, and management of the agency. Notably, he and Commissioner Weintraub developed a legal and procedural strategy, reported on by The New York Times, that allowed the commissioner to shatter a decadelong deadlock on enforcement issues at the FEC. In 2020, Moore and Commissioner Weintraub co-authored an article for the Georgetown Law Technology Review regarding Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

In previous lives, Moore earned a degree in political science from Davidson College; wrote and edited for Congressional Quarterly and CNN; ran an internet political consulting firm; drove an ambulance for the Rockville, Maryland, volunteer fire department; went to Georgetown Law at night while he was an at-home dad; clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit; litigated for Latham & Watkins; was elected to two terms on the Rockville City Council; and served as president of the board of Common Cause Maryland.


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