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2019 Chicago Regional Conference

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Tuesday, August 27 - Wednesday, August 28, 2019
The Drake Hotel | Chicago, IL

Commissioners and staff from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) will conduct a variety of technical workshops on campaign finance law during the first stop of the 2019-2020 FEC Regional Conference Series. Topics include fundraising, reporting, communications and recent developments in the law. 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.

Agenda

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Breakfast and Registration 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Welcome 8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Morning workshops 9:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Afternoon workshops 1:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Morning workshops 9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Afternoon workshops 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Registration information

The registration fee for the FEC’s Chicago Regional Conference is $585 per attendee. The fee increases to $635 per attendee for registrations received after 5:00 p.m. (ET) on July 27, 2019. Registration is a two-step process:

  1. Step One: Provide information about yourself and select the workshops you’d like to attend.
  2. Step Two: Visit our secure payment website to submit payment and complete your registration.


FAQs

Conference Information:

Who should attend this conference?

  • Treasurers and staff responsible for compliance with federal campaign finance laws for the following:
    • House and Senate Campaigns
    • National, State, District and Local Political Party Committees
    • Corporations, Trade Associations, Labor Organizations, Membership Organizations and their PACs
  • Attorneys, accountants and consultants for any of the organizations listed above
  • Anyone who wants to gain in-depth knowledge of federal campaign finance law as it applies to the organizations listed above
  • Anyone who wants to learn about recent changes resulting from campaign finance legislation and litigation

How do I choose which workshops to attend?

First, choose the track that applies to the type of organization you represent—a candidate’s campaign committee, a party committee or a corporate/labor/member/trade PAC.

Next, assess your experience with federal campaign finance law. Beginners should register for Basics of the Law on Day 1 and Recent Developments in the Law on Day 2. More experienced participants may choose to attend Recent Developments on Day 1, rather than Basics of the Law, though some may benefit from the refresher Basics provides. On Day 2, experienced participants may choose our scenario-based Advanced Practicum or Recent Developments, if they did not attend that workshop on Day 1.

If you are not sure which workshops are right for you, please email us at Conferences@fec.gov or call 800-424-9530 (option 6) for assistance.

I'm with a nonconnected PAC, can I come to this conference?

You may attend, but the content of this conference is not tailored to your type of organization. For information on outreach opportunities that better suit your organization's needs, please visit the FEC's Trainings webpage.

What is the schedule?

Workshops begin at 9:15 a.m. each morning and conclude at 4:15 p.m. on Day 1 and at 2:45 p.m. on Day 2. A full agenda is available here (PDF).

Are CLE credits (or continuing education credits) available?

The FEC will provide all attendees with a letter certifying participation in the conference, including an agenda and staff bios, which participants can use to independently apply for CLE or other credits. The FEC has not applied in any state to be an official CLE sponsor. 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. Feel free to email conferences@fec.gov if you have further questions related to CLE credits.

Registration Information:

What is the registration fee?

The registration fee is $585 per attendee. The registration fee increases to $635 per attendee for registrations received after 5:00 p.m. (ET) on July 27, 2019. The fee will be fully refundable up until 5:00 p.m. (ET) on July 27, 2019, and 50% refundable up until 5:00 p.m. (ET) on August 12, 2019. No refund will be made for cancellations received after 5:00 p.m. (ET) on August 12, 2019.

How do I register for the conference?

To register, please click here to fill out all of your information and select the workshops you would like to attend. Once you have completed that step, you will receive an automated confirmation email with a link to our secure payment website, Pay.gov, where you will complete the registration process. Please note that your participation is not confirmed until the registration fee is paid.

Will you make an attendee list available?

We will include an attendee list in the notebooks that registrants receive at the conference. However, due to Privacy Act concerns, only those attendees who have signed and submitted a Consent to Release Contact Information form will be included on that list. If you would like to share your contact information with other attendees, please submit this form to Conferences@fec.gov by August 2, 2019.

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

Logistics:

Where is the conference being held?

The conference will be held at The Drake Hotel, located on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, approximately 15-20 miles from both O’Hare and Midway airports. For directions, click here to access Google Maps.

What hotel arrangements do I need to make?

A discounted group room rate of $183/night (single or double occupancy) is available at The Drake for reservations made by August 5, 2019. To make your reservations, please use this link:

https://book.passkey.com/go/FEC2019

Alternatively, you may make reservations by calling (312) 917-3420. You must identify yourself as an FEC Regional Conference attendee to receive the group rate.

Please note that the block of rooms is first come, first served. If you have a Hilton Honors number, please provide it when you make your reservation.

What is the weather like in Chicago in August?

Summer in Chicago is generally warm, but the breeze off Lake Michigan can be a bit chilly, especially in the evening. Please use the following link for a monthly weather forecast for Chicago. https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/chicago-il/60608/august-weather/348308

What should I wear?

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

Registration questions

Toll free
1-800-424-9530, menu option 6

Local
202-694-1100