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FEC Conference for House/Senate Campaigns and Political Party Committees

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 House and Senate Campaigns and
Political Party Committees

Photo of Omni Shoreham Hotel

Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington DC
March 3-4, 2009


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


Conference Information:

Who should attend this conference?

  • Treasurers and staff of the following who have responsibility for compliance with federal campaign finance laws
    • House Campaigns
    • Senate Campaigns
    • National, State and Local Political Parties
  • Attorneys, accountants and consultants who have clients that are any of the above
  • Anyone who wants to gain in-depth knowledge of federal campaign finance law as it applies to federal candidates and political party committees
  • Anyone who wants to learn about the campaign finance law provisions of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 and recent litigation

Why attend? What will I learn?

All registrants will attend breakout workshops that provide a comprehensive overview of the
rules for campaigns or party committees, as appropriate. Beginners will benefit from our Getting
Started workshop that reviews basic provisions of the law, while those with more experience get
updates on very latest developments in campaign finance law. We will also discuss recent changes
enacted as part of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007. All workshops are
updated regularly with new information, as needed. Moreover, FEC conferences offer an excellent
opportunity for both beginners and advanced attendees to network with one another, to share ideas and to learn from each other.

What is the schedule/program?

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. Nonconnected committees (i.e., those without a corporate or union sponsor, including those sponsored by partnerships) should contact the FEC at for information on training options.

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. EST on January 30, 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. EST on January 30; 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?

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 February 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 March 11.

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 January 30, 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 March?

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