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 email 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 email to Conferences@fec.gov.
Conference on Federal Campaign Finance Laws
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Who should attend this conference?
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?
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. On November 16, 2011, the Commission will hold a Nonconnected Committee Seminar at the FEC Headquarters in Washington, DC. For more information on this seminar, please contact the FEC at Conferences@fec.gov.
Are there workshops for beginners?
Yes. The workshop entitled Getting Started: Basics for Beginners 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 Corporate/Labor/Trade Communications after Citizens United and Legal Issues - Recent Developments in Federal 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. In the past, however, attendees have applied on their own, 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 $525 per attendee, which includes a $25 nonrefundable transaction fee. A late charge of $50 will be added for registrations received after 5 p.m. EDT, August 12, 2011. A full refund will be made for all cancellations received before August 12, 2011. 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 an attendee list in the notebooks provided to attendees at registration. However, due to Privacy Act concerns, 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 August, 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 August 19, 2011.
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.
What hotel arrangements do I need to make?
The conference will be held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, 35 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, just steps away from local shopping and entertainment.
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 $199 single/double is available for hotel reservations made by August 12, 2011. To make your hotel reservations and reserve this group rate, please call 800/333-3333 and identify yourself as attending the Federal Election Commission conference. Alternatively, visit the hotel website. The hotel will charge the prevailing sales tax, currently 13.40%.
How do I get there?
What is the weather like in Minneapolis in September?
What should I wear?
While there is no formal dress code for our conferences, attendees typically wear business casual attire. Due to the variability of the meeting room temperature, you may want to bring a sweater or jacket.
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