Virtual Workshop: Compliance Best Practices for Association PACs

legal public affairs
01 Apr, 2020
legal public affairs

September 29, 2020
1:30p.m.−3:45 p.m. ET
Washington, DC or Virtual

The Federal Election Commission requires trade association PACs to obtain prior approval from corporate members before soliciting them for PAC support, creating unique challenges in growing PAC programs. These requirements also introduce additional compliance considerations that can affect many areas of your PAC’s activities and campaigns. Join us to gain an overview of the complex compliance requirements facing association PACs.

This program is eligible for 2 compliance credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management and 2 compliance credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management.


1:30 p.m.      Association Compliance Overview

Running a PAC is a difficult task, especially when your members are from different organizations. Some trade associations face the unique challenge of securing prior approval from corporate members before they can begin soliciting their PAC support. This is an essential task that trade associations must complete in order to remain in compliance with FEC regulations.

During this session, a political law expert will provide a comprehensive overview of compliance considerations for association PACs, with a focus on prior approval.  Join us and learn about:

  • Federal Election Commission prior approval requirements
  • Methods for obtaining prior approval
  • Necessary details including who can provide prior approval
  • Best practices for educating member companies and tips for managing the process
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Michael E. Toner
Attorney at Law
Wiley Rein LLP

2:30 p.m.    Break

2:45 p.m.    Case Studies in Effective PAC Prior Approval Processes        

Not properly organizing your prior approval records or missing data can not only be a compliance concern, but ultimately slows the growth of your PAC. In this session, we will examine case studies with solutions for streamlining both your prior approval process and record keeping. While digitization has been a movement in the PAC space for some time, the prior approval process is often an afterthought.  Learn to prioritize this first step in order to set your trade association PAC up for success.


Mica Evans Hider
AmeriChem PAC at American Chemistry Council

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Michael E. Toner
Attorney at Law
Wiley Rein LLP

3:45pm Adjourn

Event Location

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Public Affairs Council
2121 K Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202.787.5950

*Participants joining the program virtually will receive an email one week beforehand with instructions for logging on to our web-based platform. On the platform, they will be able to listen and participate through any computer or internet-enabled device, see a video of the speakers, and ask questions and participate in the discussion via a chat box.


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Register Online

  • Members: $289
  • Non-Members: $399

Can’t attend live? All registrants will receive access to the workshop recording for 14 days following an event.

Additional discounts may apply to this meeting. These discounts may include:

For multiple registrants: A discount will apply to the standard member/non-member rate for organizations that register two or more participants for the same meeting. The first registrant will pay full price, the second participant will receive a 10% discount and each additional registrant will receive a 15% discount. To register multiple participants, you may either register online or download the print and fax registration form.

Member discounts: Discounts for members are applied to all Public Affairs Council meetings.

Non-members: Join the Council today, and save by registering at the member rate and using the $200 new-member coupon you will receive. Contact our membership team for information about joining the Council.

Questions? Contact us at 202.787.5950.

Tori Ellington

Victoria Ellington
Manager, PAC and Grassroots
202.787.5975 | email