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FEC Conference for Trade Associations, Membership Organizations and Labor Organizations

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  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



Conference on Federal Campaign Finance Laws
For Trade Associations, Membership Organizations,
Labor Organizations
and their Political Action Committees

Photo of Omni Shoreham Hotel

Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington DC
May 21-22, 2009


*Photos courtesy of Omni Shoreham and Jessie Cohen/Smithsonian’s National Zoo



Logistics/Hotel Registration/Attendee Info Agenda Contact Information

Conference Information:

Who should attend this conference?

  • Treasurers and staff who have responsibility for compliance with federal campaign finance laws of:
    • Membership Organizations
    • Trade Associations
    • Labor Organizations
  • Attorneys, accountants and consultants who have clients that are these types of organizations

What is the schedule/program?

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

How do I know if I'm with a Trade Association or a Membership Organization? Which track should I sign up for?

Several workshops are divided into one track for trade associations and another track for membership and labor organizations. It is important to go to the track applicable to your type of organization because each type has some rules specific to it.

Your organization is a trade association under FEC regulations if its membership is engaged in a similar or related line of commerce or business and if the organization promotes and tries to improves the business conditions of its membership. If this describes your organization, you should sign up for the trade association track. The track for labor organizations and membership organizations focuses on rules specific to those types of organizations, including labor organizations and other types of incorporated membership organizations (e.g., chambers of commerce, 501(c)(4) corporations). If you are still unsure which track to enroll in after reading this description, please e-mail for assistance.

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.

Are there workshops for beginners?

Yes. The workshop entitled Getting Started: 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 election-related communications, best practices and recent developments in campaign finance law, so that experienced attendees can update their knowledge. We will also introduce the recent changes to the regulations on lobbyist bundling dislosure. 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.


Registration Information

What is the registration fee?

The registration fee is $499 per attendee. A late charge of $51 will be added for registrations received after 5:00 p.m. EDT on April 17, 2009. This amount covers the cost of the conference, materials, meals and refreshments. A full refund will be made for all cancellations received before 5 p.m. EDT on April 17; no refund will be made for cancellations received after that date and time. Note: Credit card payments will appear on your statement as paid to Sylvester Management Corporation.

How do I register for the conference?

  • To register online, click here
  • To register by mail or fax, click here

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 January 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 May 6.

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.



What hotel arrangements do I need to make?

The conference will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW (at Connecticut Ave.), Washington, District of Columbia 20008. The hotel is located near the Metro's Red Line and the National Zoo.

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/double is available for hotel reservations made by April 17, 2009. Click here to make your reservations or call 1-800-545-8700 and identify yourself as attending the Federal Election Commission conference to reserve this group rate. The hotel will also charge the prevailing sales tax, currently 14.5%.

How do I get there?

  • By Public Transportation: The hotel is located near the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan (Red Line) Metro station. Once you have exited the Metro via the escalators, go to the right and down the stairs.  Go to the left and walk to Calvert St (1 block).  Cross the street and take a right.  The hotel will be on your left hand side. 

What is the weather like in Washington DC, in May?

Click here for the National Weather Service forecast for Washington, DC.

What should I wear?

While there is no formal dress code for our conferences, attendees typically wear business casual attire. Due to the unpredictability of the meeting room temperature, you may want to bring a sweater or jacket.


Additional Questions:

Conference Program: 1-800/424-9530 (press 6) or e-mail

Conference Registration/Fees: 1-800/246-7277 or e-mail