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Seminar/Webinar on Federal Campaign Finance Laws
For Trade Associations, Membership and Labor Organizations and Their PACs


White House


FEC Headquarters
Washington, DC
May 23, 2012


Logistics/Hotel Registration/
Attendee Info
Agenda Contact Information

Seminar Information:

Who should attend this seminar?

  • Treasurers and staff of trade associations, membership and labor organizations and their political action committees who responsibilities for
    compliance with federal campaign finance laws
  • Attorneys, accountants and consultants who have clients that are these types of organizations
  • Anyone who wants to gain in-depth knowledge of federal campaign finance law as it applies to these types organizations
  • Anyone who wants to learn about recent changes resulting from legislation and litigation

What is the schedule/program?

Click here to view the agenda for the seminar.

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 go to the track applicable to your type of organization because each type has some rules specific to it. 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 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 the slides and hear the presentations for all workshops, and will 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 in 2013 tailored to PACs. To view the full list of events, please see our website at For additional information on seminars, please email the FEC at 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 corporate communications and resources 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.


Registration Information

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 18; 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 seminar workshops are now SOLD OUT, but you may still register for the webinar. If you would prefer to be placed on the seminar waiting list, please email your contact information to or call Sylvester Management at 1-800/246-7277.

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Where is the seminar being held?

The seminar will be held at the FEC's headquarters at 1050 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20463. The FEC is located downtown in the Penn Quarter neighborhood and is walking distance from several Metro subway stations. Please allow a few extra minutes to go through security upon our arrival at the FEC.

How do I access the webinar?

The webinar will be available at 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.

What hotel arrangements do I need to make?

Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations at a hotel of your choosing. Hotels that are within walking distance to the FEC are listed below in order of proximity:

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. For better rates and availability, you may wish to consider using a suburban hotel and taking public transportation into the city (see below). We recommend that you do not finalize your hotel/travel reservations until you receive confirmation of your registration from the FEC.

How do I get to the FEC's Headquarters?

  • By Public Transportation: The FEC recommends that attendees use public transportation to reach our headquarters. The FEC is located at 10th and E Street, NW (in the same building as the Hard Rock Cafe). We are in between the Metro Center (Red/Orange/Blue lines) and Gallery Place (Green/Yellow/Red lines) subway stations.
  • By Car: There are several pay parking lots located near the FEC. Plan to arrive early as many of these lots fill before 8 a.m.

What is the weather like in Washington DC, in May?

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 and seminars, attendees typically wear business casual attire. Due to the unpredictability of the meeting room temperatures, you may want to bring a sweater or jacket.


Additional Questions:

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

Conference Registration/Fees: 1-800/246-7277 or email