|Commissioners and staff from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) will conduct a variety of technical workshops on campaign finance law during the FEC Connect Regional Conference Series. Topics include fundraising, reporting, communications and recent developments in the law. 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 email 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 email to Conferences@fec.gov.
Who should attend this conference?
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/member/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 email us at Conferences@fec.gov.
What is the schedule?
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 or call the FEC's Information Division at 1-800/424-9530 (Press 6) for recommendations regarding training.
Are there workshops for beginners?
Yes. The workshop titled Basics for Beginners provides an overview of campaign finance law that is applicable to everyone. Team workshops for each group offer basic information geared to that specific type of organization. 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 conference fit their needs?
Yes. Instead of Basics for Beginners, those with experience shoold attend the Recent Developments in Federal Campaign Finance Law session on Day 1. On Day 2, we've added a new session, Advanced Campaign Finance Practicum, a scenario-based session that will apply information from earlier sessions and cover additional topics. All of the operations workshops are updated regularly to ensure that attendees receive the very latest information. 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. In the past, 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. Please contact us if you have further questions or need additional materials for your application. The FEC can provide a letter upon request acknowledging participation in the conference, including an agenda and staff bios, which participants can use to independently apply for credit.
What is the registration fee?
The registration fee is $595 per attendee, which includes a $30 nonrefundable transaction fee. The registration fee increases to $620 per attendee for registrations received after March 25, 2016. A full refund (minus the $30 transaction fee) will be made for all cancellations received by March 25, 2016; no refund will be made for cancellations received after that date. Note: Credit card payments will appear on your statement as paid to Sylvester Management Corporation.
How do I register for the conference?
We will include an attendee list in the notebooks provided to attendees at the conference. 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 after they register for the conference. If you would like to share your contact information with other attendees, please submit this form by April 5, 2016.
If you are not attending 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.
Where is the conference being held?
The conference will be held at The B Resort & Spa, located at 1905 Hotel Plaza Boulevard in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The hotel is an official Walt Disney World® Hotel, located within the Disney Springs® Resort Area. The hotel can be reached directly at (866) 990-6850.
What hotel arrangements do I need to make?
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 $159 (for single or double occupancy) is available for hotel reservations made by March 25, 2016. To make your hotel reservations and reserve this group rate, please click here. Attendees can also call the hotel's reservation line at (866) 990-6850. Be sure to identify yourself as a member of the Federal Election Commission Conference to receive the group rate. The hotel will charge applicable state and local taxes.
How do I get there?
What is the weather like in Orlando in April?
What should I wear?
While there is no formal dress code for our conferences, 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