Cleta provides legal training and support to the conservative movement and leads CPI’s Election Integrity Coalition, working with top conservative groups and leaders from around the nation to advance election integrity reforms in Washington and the state level.
She is a political law attorney with decades of experience in law, politics, election integrity, and public policy. Ms. Mitchell advises nonprofit and issue organizations, candidates, campaigns, and individuals on state and federal campaign finance law, election law, and compliance issues related to lobbying, ethics and financial disclosure. Ms. Mitchell practices before the Federal Election Commission, the ethics committees of the US House and Senate and similar state and local enforcement bodies and agencies. Before joining CPI, she was a partner at Foley & Lardner, LLP for nearly twenty years.
She has twice served as co-counsel before the U.S. Supreme Court, first with former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell arguing for term limits for members of Congress, and then for the National Rifle Association in a case involving the 2002 federal campaign finance law.
In 2008, she authored The Lobbying Compliance Handbook. She has testified before Congress on numerous occasions related to election law, campaign finance and lobbying and ethics laws.
She was a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1976-1984. She 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 several federal district and appellate courts.