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FEC Regional Conference in Seattle

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) sponsors conferences where Commissioners and staff conduct a variety of technical workshops on the law. Topics include fundraising, reporting and communications. Workshops are designed for those seeking an introduction to the basic provisions of the law as well as for those more experienced in campaign finance law. Please direct questions about conference registration to Sylvester Management Corporation at 1-800/246-7277 or e-mail tonis@sylvestermanagement.com.  For questions about the conference program, or to receive e-mail notification when registration begins, call the FEC's Information Division at 1-800/424-9530 (or locally, 202/694-1100) or send an e-mail to Conferences@fec.gov.


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Conference on Federal Campaign Finance Laws
For House and Senate Campaigns,
Political Party Committees
and Corporate/Labor/Trade Political Action Committees

Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA
September 26-27, 2007

(Photo: Washington State Tourism)

FAQ

Logistics/Hotel Attendee Info Agenda Contact Information

Conference Information:

Who should attend this conference?

  • Treasurers and staff of the following who have responsibility for compliance with federal campaign finance laws:
    • House and Senate Campaigns
    • National, State, District and Local Political Party Committees
    • Corporations
    • Trade Associations
    • Labor Organizations
    • Membership Organizations
  • Attorneys, accountants and consultants who have clients that are any of the above types of organizations
  • Anyone who wants to gain in-depth knowledge of federal campaign finance law as it applies to the types of organizations listed above

How do I know which track should I sign up for?

Several of the workshops are divided into sections designed for campaign committees, party committees and Corporate/labor/trade association PACs. You should choose the track that applies to the type of organization you represent. If you are still unsure which track to enroll in, please contact us for assistance.

What is the schedule?

Click here to view the agenda and schedule for the conference.

I'm with a nonconnected committee - Can I come to this conference?

You may attend, but it is not recommended for you, as the content of this conference is not tailored to your type of organization. Nonconnected committees (i.e., those without a corporate or union sponsor, including those sponsored by partnerships) should attend an upcoming DC seminar or roundtable (to be announced later).

Are there workshops for beginners?

Yes. The workshop entitled Basics: The Big Picture provides an overview of campaign finance law that is applicable to everyone. Breakout workshops for each group in fundraising offer basic information geared to the specific type of organization. Beginners also benefit from the chance to network with more experienced campaign finance law professionals.

How about someone who is a seasoned veteran of campaign finance law - Does this conference fit their needs?

Yes. Advanced workshops are offered on topics such as election-related communications and recent developments in campaign finance law, so that experienced attendees can update their knowledge. All of the workshops are updated regularly with new information, as needed. Moreover, FEC conferences offer an opportunity for both beginners and advanced attendees to network with one another, to share ideas and to learn from each other.

Are CLE credits (or continuing education credits) available?

The FEC has not applied in any state to be an official CLE (or CE) sponsor. Attendees in the past, however, have applied on their own for, and received, continuing education credits for their attendance at FEC conferences. Contact your state MCLE organization (or state board of accountancy, for accountants) for more information. Please contact us if you have further questions or need additional materials for your application.

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Registration Information

What is the registration fee?

The registration fee is $450 per attendee. A late charge of $25 will be added for registrations received after August 31, 2007. This amount covers the cost of the conference, materials, meals and refreshments. A full refund will be made for all cancellations received before that date. Note: Credit card payments will appear on your statement as paid to Sylvester Management Corporation.

How do I register for the conference?

Will you make an attendee list available?

We will include the attendee list with the notebooks provided to attendees at registration. Due to Privacy Act concerns, however, only those attendees who have signed and submitted a form granting their consent to share their contact information will be included on that list. If you would like to ensure you share your contact information with other attendees, please submit this form. A link to the form will be sent to you after you register.

If you are not attending the conference, or if you want to receive the attendee list before the conference, please contact the FEC's FOIA office in the Office of General Counsel's General Law and Advice Division at 202-694-1650.

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Logistics

What hotel arrangements do I need to make?

The conference will be held at the Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue, 1415 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101. Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. (Note: Please do not finalize your air reservations until you have received confirmation of your registration for the conference from our contractor, Sylvester Management Corporation.) A room rate of $169 single/double is available for hotel reservations made by August 31, 2007. Call 1-800-504-3909 or 206-971-8000 and identify yourself as a campaign finance laws conference attendee to reserve this group rate.

To make hotel reservations online, visit www.redlion.com/5thave and follow these instructions to receive the group rate:

  1. On the right hand side, enter your arrival and departure dates.
  2. Under "Rate Types", click the button next to groups/convention code and enter the code CONFER (must be in all caps).
  3. Click "check availability."

How do I get there?

  • By Car: Click here for Map/Driving Directions. FROM SEATTLE TACOMA (SEA-TAC) INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: follow signs "To Freeways." Travel northbound on I-5 to downtown Seattle. Take Seneca Street Exit. Turn right on 4th Avenue. Take first right onto Pike Street. Turn right on 5th Avenue. Parking is available to hotel guests for $28 per night (plus tax).
  • By Taxi: Taxis from the airport to the hotel are approximately $35 plus tax. Airport shuttles are also available, ranging from $10.25 to $28.

What is the weather like in Seattle in early fall?

Click here for the National Weather Service forecast for Seattle.

What should I wear?

While there is no formal dress code for our conferences, attendees typically wear business casual attire.

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Additional Questions:

Conference Program: 1-800/424-9530 (press 6) or e-mail Conferences@fec.gov

Conference Registration/Fees: 1-800/246-7277 or e-mail tonis@sylvestermanagement.com

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