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FEC Regional Conference in Chicago

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 e-mail rosalyn@sylvestermanagement.com.  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 e-mail to Conferences@fec.gov.


Conference on Federal Campaign Finance Laws
For House and Senate Campaigns,
Political Party Committees
and Corporate/Labor/Trade Political Action Committees


Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago, IL
September 15-16, 2009



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Logistics/Hotel Attendee Info Agenda Contact Information

Conference Information:

Who should attend this conference?

  • Treasurers and staff of the following who have responsibility for compliance with federal campaign finance laws:
    • House and Senate Campaigns
    • National, State, District and Local Political Party Committees
    • Corporations
    • Trade Associations
    • Labor Organizations
    • Membership Organizations
  • Attorneys, accountants and consultants who have clients that are any of the above types of organizations
  • Anyone who wants to gain in-depth knowledge of federal campaign finance law as it applies to the types of organizations listed above
  • Anyone who wants to learn about the changes resulting from the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 and recent litigtion

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?

Click here to view the agenda and schedule for the conference.

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. Nonconnected committees (i.e., those without a corporate or union sponsor, including those sponsored by partnerships) should contact the FEC at conferences@fec.gov for recommendations regarding training.

Are there workshops for beginners?

Yes. The workshop entitled Getting Statred: 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 Communications and Legal Issues - Recent Developments in Campaign Finance Law, so that experienced attendees can update their knowledge. We will also introduce the recent changes to the statute made by the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007. 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. Attendees in the past, however, have applied on their own for, 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.

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Registration Information

What is the registration fee?

The registration fee is $550 per attendee. A late charge of $50 will be added for registrations received after 5 p.m. EDT, August 14, 2009. This amount covers the cost of the conference, materials, meals and refreshments. A full refund will be made for all cancellations received before that date. Note: Credit card payments will appear on your statement as paid to Sylvester Management Corporation.

How do I register for the conference?

If you use an online form to register for a conference, information you provide may be retained so that information about changes, upgrades, etc. may be provided where appropriate. Please see our Privacy policy for more information.

Will you make an attendee list available?

We will include the attendee list with the notebooks provided to attendees at registration. Due to Privacy Act concerns, however, 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.

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.

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Logistics

What hotel arrangements do I need to make?

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601. The hotel is located in downtown Chicago with the Magnificent Mile, which is considered to be one of the world's greatest avenues.

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 $249 single is available for hotel reservations made by August 14, 2009. To make your hotel reservations and reserve this group rate, please call 888-421-1442 or visit the hotel web site (https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_gi_new&groupID=159251) and identify yourself as attending the Federal Election Commission conference. The hotel will charge the prevailing sales tax, currently 15.4%.

How do I get there?

  • By Car: Click here for Map/Driving Directions. From O'Hare International Airport: When leaving the airport take the "Kennedy Expressway" (I-90/94) going East to Ohio Street exit. Proceed on Ohio to State Street and turn right. Turn left at Wacker Drive. The hotel will be down approximately 2 blocks on the right. Parking is available on site for $48/day.
  • By Car: Click here for Map/Driving Directions. From Midway Airport: When leaving the airport take the Cicero Ave. North to "Stevenson Expressway" (I-55) NOrth. Take the exit at "Dan Ryan Expressway" (I-90/94) West. Nest, you will exit at Washington Street and proceed East to Michgan Ave. and turn left. Proceed North to Wacker Drive and turn right. The hotel will be one block on the right. Parking is available on site for $48/day.
  • By Taxi/Shuttle: Taxis from the airport to the hotel are approximately $30-$40 plus tax. Alternatively, shuttles cost approximately $23-$28 (single) one way or $36-$40 (single) roundtrip. Contact "Go Airport Express" at 773-247-1200 or http://www.airportexpress.com for information.

What is the weather like in Chicago in September?

Click here for the National Weather Service forecast for Chicago.

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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Additional Questions:

Conference Program: 1-800/424-9530 (press 6) or e-mail Conferences@fec.gov

Conference Registration/Fees: 1-800/246-7277 or e-mail rosalyn@sylvestermanagement.com

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