Tuesday, August 17 - Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Online via Zoom
Commissioners and staff from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) will conduct a variety of technical workshops on campaign finance law during our first fully-virtual, two-day conference. 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. This conference offers virtual attendance for two days of in-depth training and discussion, including general sessions, breakout sessions, and small group trainings for different types of committees.
|Tuesday, August 17, 2021 (Eastern Time)|
|Welcome||9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.|
|Morning workshops||9:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.|
|Lunch||1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.|
|Afternoon workshops||2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, August 18, 2021 (Eastern Time)|
|Morning workshops||10:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.|
|Lunch||1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.|
|Afternoon workshops||2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.|
The registration fee for the FEC’s Virtual Conference is $475 per attendee. The registration fee increases to $500 on July 27, 2021.
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.
How will the virtual conference work?
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions for federal employees, this conference will be held in a fully-virtual environment, with all workshop speakers and participants joining the meeting online via Zoom. To make this event as collaborative as possible, participants will be able to ask questions, use a chat function, answer poll questions, and interact with presenters and other participants. For full details on the virtual option, please consult the Virtual Attendance page on the conference registration site.
I'm with a nonconnected PAC, can I attend 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?
The welcome on Tuesday, August 17 will start at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Workshops will commence at 9:45 a.m. Eastern Time on August 17 and finish at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. On Wednesday, August 18, workshops will begin at 10:15 a.m. Eastern Time and end at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. A full agenda is available here.
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.
What is the registration fee?
The registration fee is $475 per attendee. The registration fee increases to $500 on July 27, 2021. The fee will be 90% refundable up until 5:00 p.m. (ET) on July 16, 2021, and 50% refundable up until 5:00 p.m. (ET) on July 30, 2021. No refunds or registration adjustments will be made in response to requests received after 5:00 p.m. (ET) on July 30, 2021.
How do I register for the conference?
To register, please click here to fill out all of your information, select the workshops you would like to attend, and submit the registration fee. Once you have completed that step, you will receive an automated confirmation email.
Will you make an attendee list available?
We will provide an attendee list to all conference registrants. 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 email@example.com by August 6, 2021.
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.
1-800-424-9530, menu option 6