FAQs

Virtual Campaign Finance Conference
Tuesday, August 17 - Wednesday, August 18, 2021

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 am 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 8:45 a.m. (CT) and conclude at 4:00 p.m. (CT) on Day 1 and begin at 9:15 a.m. (CT) and concludes at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on Day 2. Please click the Agenda tab above to see the complete schedule.

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 to attend virtually is $500 per attendee. Your registration fee must be paid at the time of registration. The fee will be 50% refundable up until 5:00 p.m. (ET) on July 30, 2021. No refund will be made for cancelations received after 5:00 p.m. (ET) on July 30, 2021.

How do I register for the conference?

To register, please click the Registration tab above and select the workshops you would like to attend. Then select the option to attend virtually. Please note that your participation is not confirmed until the registration fee is paid.

How will the virtual option work?

For safety's sake, this conference will operate under a virtual model. At registration, attendees choose to participate virtually, using Zoom. Virtual attendees will be able to view all presentations, attend their selected break-out rooms, ask questions of FEC Commissioners and staff, and interact in real time. For full details on the virtual option, please consult the Virtual Attendance page.

Can I change my registration type after I register for the conference?

Registration adjustments may be made until 5:00 p.m. (ET) on July 30, 2021.

Will you make an attendee list available?

We will email an attendee list to all 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 Conferences@fec.gov July 22, 2021.

If you are not participating in 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 VIRTUALLY because long-standing COVID-19 restrictions currently prevent FEC staff from traveling. 

What should I wear?

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




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