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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, or to receive e-mail notification when registration begins, call the FEC's Information Division at 1-800/424-9530 (or locally, 202/694-1100) or send an e-mail to

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


Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Washington DC

June 4-5, 2007

Conference Information:

Who should attend this conference?

  • Treasurers and staff of the following who have responsibility for compliance with federal campaign finance laws:
    • Trade Associations
    • Labor Organizations
    • Membership Organizations
  • Attorneys, accountants and consultants who have clients that are trade, membership or labor organizations
  • Anyone who wants to gain in-depth knowledge of federal campaign finance law as it applies to trade associations, labor organizations and/or membership organizations.

I don't know if my organization is a trade association or a membership organization. Which track should I sign up for?

Several workshops are divided into one track for trade associations (which have additional rules to learn) and another for membership and labor organizations. 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 membership/labor track focuses on rules for labor organizations and other types of incorporated membership organizations, such as chambers of commerce and 501(c)(4) corporations. If you are still unsure which track to enroll in, please contact us for assistance.

What is the schedule?

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

I'm with a nonconnected committee - Can I come to this conference?

You may attend, but it is not recommended for you, as 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 attend an upcoming DC seminar (to be announced later this year) or one of the state outreach programs scheduled for this Summer.

Are there workshops for beginners?

Yes. The workshop entitled Basics: The Big Picture 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 and 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.


Registration Information

What is the registration fee?

The registration fee is $450 per attendee. A late charge of $25 will be added for registrations received after May 4, 2007. 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?

The conference is sold out. Please contact Sylvester Management Corporation at 1-800-246-7277 or e-mail to be placed on the waiting list, or consider attending one of our regional conferences this Fall.

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. If you would like to ensure you share your contact information with other attendees, please download and submit this form. A link to do so will be sent to you after you register.

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 Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington DC 20037. 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 $229 single ($254 double) is available for hotel reservations made by May 7, 2007. Click here to make your hotel reservations and reserve this group rate.

How do I get there?

  • By Car: Click here for Driving Directions. Valet parking is available to hotel guests for $33 per night. Hourly parking is available for approximately $25 for 6-9 hours.
  • By Public Transportation (recommended): The hotel is walking distance from Union Station, serviced by Metro subway, VRE and Marc Commuter Trains and Amtrak. Click here for more information.

What is the weather like in DC in June?

Early June usually brings nice weather, but it can get hot with an occasional thunderstorm. 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.


Additional Questions:

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

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