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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the conference program, 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
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Who should attend this conference?
What is the schedule/program?
Several workshops are divided into one track for trade associations and another track for membership and labor organizations. It is important to go to the track applicable to your type of organization because each type has some rules specific to it.
Your organization is a trade association under FEC regulations if its membership is engaged in a similar or related line of commerce or business and if the organization promotes and tries to improves the business conditions of its membership. If this describes your organization, you should sign up for the trade association track. The track for labor organizations and membership organizations focuses on rules specific to those types of organizations, including labor organizations and other types of incorporated membership organizations (e.g., chambers of commerce, 501(c)(4) corporations). If you are still unsure which track to enroll in after reading this description, please e-mail Conferences@fec.gov for assistance.
I'm with a nonconnected committee - Can I come to this conference?
You may attend, but 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 the FEC's seminar for nonconnected committees on May 14, 2008.
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. We will also introduce the recent changes to the statute made by the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007. 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.
What is the registration fee?
The registration fee is $475 per attendee plus a late charge of $25 added for registrations received after 5 p.m. EDT, May 23, 2008. This amount covers the cost of the conference, materials, meals and refreshments. A full refund will be made for all cancellations received before 5 pm EDT on May 23; no refund will be made for cancellations received after that date and time. Note: Credit card payments will appear on your statement as paid to Sylvester Management Corporation.
How do I register for the conference?
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. The form will be sent to attendees in January after they register for the conference. If you would like to ensure you share your contact information with other attendees, please submit this form by June 11.
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.
Where is the conference being held?
The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Convention Center, 900 10th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005. The hotel is located near the Convention Center and FEC Headquarters, and walking distance from the Metro subway's Metro Center station.
What hotel arrangements do I need to make?
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 $249 single/$269 double is available for hotel reservations made by May 23, 2008. Call 202-739-2001 or 1-800-EMBASSY and identify yourself as attending the Federal Election Commission conference to reserve this group rate. To make reservations online, visit http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/WASCCES-FEC-20080622/index.jhtml. The hotel will also charge the prevailing sales tax, currently 14.5%.
How do I get there?
What is the weather like in Washington DC, in June?
What should I wear?
While there is no formal dress code for our conferences, attendees typically wear business casual attire. Due to the unpredictability of the meeting room temperature, you may want to bring a sweater or jacket.
Conference Program: 1-800/424-9530 (press 6) or e-mail Conferences@fec.gov
Conference Registration/Fees: 1-800/246-7277 or e-mail email@example.com