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Conference Agenda

FEC Conference on Federal Campaign Finance Law
for House/Senate Campaigns, Political Party Committees and Corporate/Trade/Labor Political Action Committees

Agenda

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


Click here for a printable version of the agenda and the conference FAQ [PDF]

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

8:00 - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 - 9:15 AM Welcome
9:30 - 11:00 AM

Breakout Workshops: Choose One Option

A1: Basics of the Law

  • Organization of committee
  • Contributions and expenditures
  • Filing information
  • Disclaimers
 

A2: Recent Developments in Federal Campaign Finance Law
(Do not choose this option unless you have previously attended an FEC conference.)

  • New FEC regulations
  • Court decisions
  • Pending legislation
  • Note: This workshop will be repeated on Day 2
11:00 - 11:15 AM Break
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Team Workshops: Fundraising, Part 1

Please choose the option that applies to the organization you are representing

B1: House and Senate Campaigns

  • Expenditures by candidates
  • Support from individuals and unincorporated businesses
  • Independent expenditures
  • Corporate/labor support
 

B2: Political Party Committees

  • Federal/nonfederal accounts
  • Sources of support
  • Levin funds and Federal Election Activity
  • Allocation rules
 

B3: Corporate/Labor/Trade Political Action Committees

  • Restricted class
  • Solicitation notices
  • Collection of contributions
  • Payroll deductions
12:45 - 1:45 PM Luncheon Speaker

An FEC Commissioner or senior staff member will address a topic related to federal campaign finance law.

2:00 - 3:30 PM

Team Workshops: Fundraising, Part 2 (Continued)

B1: House/Senate Campaigns

  • Support from PACs and party committees
  • Permitted and prohibited uses of campaign funds
  • Travel rules
  • Restrictions on candidate fundraising for other groups
 

B2: Political Party Committees

  • Fundraising for party by candidates and officeholders
  • Fundraising for 501(c) and 527 organizations
  • Supporting federal candidates
  • Coordinated party expenditures
 

B3: Corporate/Labor/Trade Political Action Committees

  • Raffles, auctions and events
  • Meetings
  • Written and electronic communications
  • Combined dues/solicitation statements
4:00 - 5:00 PM

Reception

An opportunity to wind down the day and network with other attendees and FEC Commissioners and staff.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast with the IRS

A guest speaker from the IRS will give an overview of tax rules for political organizations and answer your questions about tax law.

9:00 - 9:15 AM Break
9:00 - 10:30 AM

Team Workshops: FEC Reporting
(Note: Your team selection from yesterday continues this morning.)

B1: House and Senate Campaigns

  • Disclosing contributions and expenditures
  • Tricky reporting scenarios
  • Disclosing loans received from candidate or banks
  • Joint fundraising activity
 

B2: Political Party Committees

  • Disclosing allocated administrative and fundraising expenses
  • Disclosing advertising costs
  • Tricky reporting scenarios
  • Joint fundraising activity
 

B3: Corporate/Labor/Trade Political Action Committees

  • Disclosing contributions and expenditures
  • Tricky reporting scenarios
  • Independent expenditures
  • Voter drives and public communications
10:45 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 12:30

Breakout Workshops: Choose One Option

C1: Election-Related Communications

  • Electioneering communications
  • Coordinated communications - new guidelines
  • Independent expenditures
  • Permitted corporate/labor/trade organization communications
 

C2: Best Practices: The Three R's (Recordkeeping, Reporting and Responding)

  • Disclosing the purpose of disbursements
  • Internal controls
  • Requests for additional information
  • Audits
12:30 - 1:30 PM

Luncheon Speaker

An FEC Commissioner or senior staff member will address a topic related to federal campaign finance law.

1:45 - 3:15 PM

Breakout Workshops: Choose One Option

D1: Using Corporate/Labor/Association Resources to Help Federal Candidates and Parties

  • Candidate appearances, "meet and greets" and fundraising events
  • New rules for use of computers and internet access
  • Guidelines for corporate/labor/trade involvement
 

D2: Recent Developments in Federal Campaign Finance Law (Repeat from Day 1)

  • New FEC regulations
  • Court decisions
  • Pending legislation
3:15 - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 - 4:30 PM

FEC Jeopardy/Wrap-Up Panel

A fun, interactive, wrap-up session reviewing material presented during the conference.

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