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FEC Regional Conference in New Orleans

RESCHEDULED DUE TO SNOWSTORM IN DC
The record-breaking snowstorm in the Washington, DC, area has forced the Federal Election Commission to reschedule its February 9-10 regional conference in New Orleans for March 23-24. If you registered for the February 9-10 conference, please send an e-mail to rosalyn@sylvestermanagement.com to let us know if you will be able to attend. If you did not previously register, you may do so now. We regret the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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


InterContinental New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
March 23-24, 2010 (Rescheduled)


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Photos courtesy New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

FAQ

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 recent changes resulting from legislation and litigation

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. On
April 7, 2010, the Commission will hold a Nonconnected Committee Seminar at the FEC Headquarters in Washington, DC. For more information on this seminar, please contact the FEC at conferences@fec.gov.

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 Corporate/Labor/Trade Communications and Legal Issues - Recent Developments in Campaign Finance Law, so that experienced attendees can update their knowledge. 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 full refund will be made for all cancellations received before March 6, 2010. (Note: Deadline Extended) 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 an attendee list with the notebooks provided to attendees at registration. However, due to Privacy Act concerns, 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 January 29, 2010.

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 InterContinental New Orleans, 444 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130. The hotel is located in the center of New Orleans, two blocks from the French Quarter and six blocks from the riverfront.

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 $169 single/double is available for hotel reservations made by March 6, 2010. To make your hotel reservations and reserve this group rate, please call 800/445-6563 and identify yourself as attending the Federal Election Commission conference. Alternatively, visit the hotel web site. The hotel will charge the prevailing sales tax, currently 13%, and a $2.00 per room, per night occupancy fee.

How do I get there?

  • By Car from Airport:
    • FROM W: I-10 E TO EX 234B/POYDRAS ST. GO 8 BL TO CARONDELET. TURN LEFT. TURN RIGHT ON PERDIDO THAT ENDS AT ST. CHARLES AVE (1 BL).
    • FROM E: I-10 W TO EX 235B/CANAL ST. GO 1 BL & TURN RIGHT ON CANAL ST. GO 10 BLKS, TURN RIGHT ON ST. CHARLES AVE. GO 3 BL.
  • By Taxi/Shuttle: Taxis from the airport to the hotel are approximately $29 plus tax. Alternatively, shuttles cost approximately $13.
  • Click here for additional information.

What is the weather like in New Orleans in February?

Click here for the National Weather Service forecast for New Orleans.

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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