Compliance Workshop: Prior Approval and Association PAC Compliance

15 Apr, 2019

July 16, 2019
9 a.m. – Noon ET
Washington, DC or Virtual

The Federal Election Commission requires that trade association PACs obtain prior approval from its corporate members before soliciting them for PAC support. Those requirements, and others associated with prior approval, often pose challenges in growing PAC programs. Prior approval requirements also introduce additional compliance considerations that can affect your PAC’s activities and campaigns. Gain an overview of those compliance requirements, how to navigate them and grow your PAC all at once.

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

As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 2 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.


8:30 a.m.      Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m.      Association Compliance Overview
Trade association PACs face unique challenges in securing prior approval from corporate members before soliciting them for PAC support. Join us as a political law expert provides a comprehensive overview of compliance for association PACs with a special emphasis on prior approval, including:

  • Review of Federal Election Commission prior approval requirements
  • Methods for obtaining prior approval, including who can provide prior approval and best practices for educating member companies
  • Tips for managing the process and maintaining accurate records
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Michael Toner
Chair & Partner, Election Law & Government Ethics Practice
Wiley Rein LLP

10:30 a.m.    Networking Break

 10:45 a.m.    Case Studies in Prior Approval “Work-Around” Strategies
Many association PACs struggle to obtain prior approval, which often impedes PAC growth. In this session, we will provide case studies of possible solutions for implementing prior approval “work-around” strategies. This includes options for expanding a trade association’s restricted class that do not depend on securing prior approval such as creating individual membership tiers and compensating association board members, among others.

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Michael Toner
Chair & Partner, Election Law & Government Ethics Practice
Wiley Rein LLP

12:00 p.m.     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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  • Members: $369
  • Non-Members: $499

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.

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Questions? Contact us at 202.787.5950.


Kristin Brackemyre
Senior Director, Public Affairs Practice
202-787-5969 | email