About Us

The Team: Chris Marston, Brenda Hankins,  and Trip

The Work

ElectionCFO clients let us worry about compliance so they can focus on results—electing candidates, advocating issues, or advancing legislation.

We provide services from fully-outsourced treasurer services to review and filing of regulatory reports. Our goal is to provide just the level of service our clients need; we’ll customize our services fit the needs of campaigns, non-profits, and political action committees of all types.

Let us know how we can help your organization succeed.

The Team

Chris Marston

Chris Marston

Marston provides financial and compliance services to Republican campaigns and party committees, conservative political action committees, tax exempt organizations, and corporate and trade association PACs. He founded Election CFO to provide these services in 2009 after serving as an assistant secretary of Education in the George W. Bush Administration. Marston volunteers as general counsel of the Republican Party of Virginia, a vice-president of the Republican National Lawyers Association, and chair of the Library of Virginia Foundation’s 1823 Council. Marston earned his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.

Marston resides in Alexandria, Virginia, where he served as chairman of the local Republican Party. He lives with his Portuguese Water Dog in the Taylor Run neighborhood, attends Westminster Presbyterian Church, volunteers with local Boy Scouts, and teaches basic dog obedience classes for the Mount Vernon Dog Training Club.

Brenda Hankins


Brenda Hankins provides complete financial, treasurer and FEC compliance services to campaigns, party committees, political action committees, corporate and trade association PACs, and other tax exempt organizations including c(3) and c(4) organization. Brenda brings over 15 years of legal and investigative experience to Election CFO. She served as the Deputy Director and Counsel for the Office of Legislative Counsel at the Office of General Counsel for the Department of Defense. Her experiences at the House of Representatives include working as Counsel at the Committee on the Judiciary, as Legislative Director for J. Randy Forbes (R-VA-04) and as an Investigator for the Appropriations Committee’s Surveys and Investigations Team. Brenda began her legal career as an Associate at the law firm of Carr, Morris & Graeff, P.C. handling small business and corporate clients. She earned her law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University and her undergraduate degree from Oregon State University.


Trip after grooming at Olde Town School for Dogs in December, 2018.

Captree Trip Over Me BN RN CGC TKN (“Trip”) staffs the ElectionCFO office. Trip is especially skilled at announcing the arrival of packages delivered by FedEx, UPS, and USPS.  A male Portuguese Water Dog with a wavy black coat, Trip trains with the Mount Vernon Dog Training Club and the Olde Towne School for Dogs. He’s received 9 points, including 1 major win, towards his AKC Championship, which requires 15 points and 2 major wins, and looks forward to returning to competition once shows start up after COVID-19 restrictions end. He’s still working on his first water title with the DelMarVa Portuguese Water Dog Club.

Trip is the third Portuguese Water Dog to work at ElectionCFO, following Skipper CD BN RE, a black curly male and Amigo’s Wild Ginger BN RN CGC (“Ginger”), a brown and white wavy female.