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2019 San Diego Regional Conference

A banner for the San Diego Regional Conference on October 29-30, 2019

Tuesday, October 29 - Wednesday, October 30, 2019
The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay | San Diego, CA

Commissioners and staff from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) will conduct a variety of technical workshops on campaign finance law during the second 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.


Tuesday, October 29, 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 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Morning workshops 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Afternoon workshops 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Registration information

The registration fee for the FEC’s San Diego Regional Conference is $635 per attendee for registrations received after 5:00 p.m. (ET) on September 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.


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 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 4:00 p.m. on Day 1 and at 3:00 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 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 September 27, 2019. Your registration fee must be paid within 3 days of your initial registration.The fee will be fully refundable up until 5:00 p.m. (ET) on September 27, 2019, and 50% refundable up until 5:00 p.m. (ET) on October 14, 2019. No refund will be made for cancellations received after 5:00 p.m. (ET) on October 14, 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,, 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 by October 7, 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.


Where is the conference being held?

The conference will be held at The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, located on San Diego's iconic Mission Bay, approximately 5 miles from the San Diego International Airport. For directions, click here to access Google Maps.

What hotel arrangements do I need to make?

A discounted group room rate of $194/night (single or double occupancy) is available at The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay for reservations made by October 7, 2019 To make your reservations, please use this link:

Alternatively, you may make reservations by calling (619) 224-1234. 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 World of Hyatt Rewards Number, please provide it when you make your reservation.

What is the weather like in San Diego in October?

Fall in San Diego is generally warm, but the ocean breeze can be a bit chilly, especially in the evening. Please use the following link for a monthly weather forecast for San Diego.

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