Who should attend this seminar?
What is the schedule/program?
How do I know whether 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 attend the track applicable to your type of organization because some rules are specific to a certain type of organization. Also, attendance in each break-out is limited, so it is imperative to sign up for the correct track.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 improve 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 unions 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 email Conferences@fec.gov for assistance.
What is the difference between the seminar and webinar?
The agenda is exactly the same. Seminar workshops will simply be simulcast for online attendees. While those present at the seminar will have more opportunities to interact with agency staff and other attendees, webinar participants will see workshop slides, hear presentations, and be able to ask questions via live chat.
May nonconnected or corporate PAC representatives attend this seminar?
You may attend, but the content of this seminar is not tailored to your type of organization. The Commission will host a number of training events later this year and in 2014 tailored to PACs. To view the full list of events, please see our website at http://www.fec.gov/info/outreach.shtml#conferences. For additional information on seminars, please email the FEC at Conferences@fec.gov or call the FEC's Information Division at 1.800.424.9530 (Press 6).
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 and seminars. 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.
Are there workshops for beginners?
Yes. The workshop entitled Basics for Beginners provides an overview of campaign finance law that is particularly beneficial to newcomers. Beginners also benefit from the chance to network with more experienced campaign finance law professionals and share ideas with each other.
How about someone who is a seasoned veteran of campaign finance law - Does this seminar fit their needs?
Yes. Advanced workshops are offered on topics such as campaign activity by corporations, unions and others, and recent developments in campaign finance law. All of the workshops are updated regularly to ensure that attendees receive the very latest information. Moreover, FEC seminars offer an opportunity for both beginners and advanced attendees to network with one another, to share ideas and to learn from each other.
What is the registration fee?
The registration fee is $100 to attend in-person or $75 to participate online. Either way, the registration fee includes a $25 nonrefundable transaction fee. A full refund (minus the transaction fee) will be made for all cancellations received before 5 p.m. EDT on May 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 seminar/webinar?
*The in-person seminar is sold out, but there are still spaces available in the webinar. Please call Sylvester Management at 1-800/246-7277 to be placed on the seminar waiting list. Additionally, if you registered but will be unable to attend the seminar, please notify Sylvester Management as soon as possible so that the next person on the waiting list will be able to attend.
Where is the seminar being held?
The seminar will be held at the FEC's headquarters at 999 E Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20463. Please allow a few extra minutes to go through security upon your arrival at the FEC.
How do I access the webinar?
The webinar will be available at http://fec.adobeconnect.com. You'll need internet access, a web browser and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or higher to participate. Additional instructions and technical information will be provided to those who register for the webinar.
How do I get to the FEC's Headquarters?
What hotel arrangements do I need to make?
Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations at a hotel of their choosing. Hotels that are within walking distance to the FEC include:
Note that the FEC is providing this list of nearby hotels for the attendees' convenience, but, as a government agency, may not endorse any of them. We recommend that you do not finalize your hotel/travel reservations until you receive confirmation of your registration from Sylvester Management.
What is the weather like in Washington, DC, in May?
What should I wear?
While there is no formal dress code for our conferences and seminars, attendees typically wear business casual attire.
Conference Program: 1-800/424-9530 (press 6) or email Conferences@fec.gov
Conference Registration/Fees: 1-800/246-7277 or email Rosalyn@sylvestermanagement.com