Virtual Workshop: Online and Social Media Compliance for PAC and Grassroots during COVID-19

15 Nov, 2019

June 16, 2020
9:30 a.m.−12:15 p.m. ET

Remain compliant while engaging in political involvement, PAC communications and advocacy online. Our political law and digital experts will help you understand what to do – and not to do – online, including how to navigate regulations that govern online advocacy.

This program is eligible for 2 Compliance credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management, 2 Compliance credits toward the Certificate in Government Relations and Lobbying and 2 Compliance credits toward the Certificate in Public Affairs Management. As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 3 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.


­­9:30 a.m.        Online Advocacy and Digital Political Communications Regulations

Online advocacy and digital advertising are now more important than ever, as our social interactions have moved online due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Many organizations are shifting to a digital approach to advocacy, launching online grassroots campaigns and using digital advertising to promote public policy positions. While this may be unchartered territory, compliance is still critical. Over the last few years, both the government and digital platforms have implemented new rules and regulations. A legal expert will examine:

  • Basic legal guidance for organizations using social media to advocate for legislation or changes in public policy
  • Compliance on major digital advertising platforms
  • When your organization’s digital or social media advertising could trigger lobbying disclosure laws at the local, state or federal level

Tina Anthony
Vice President, Digital
Curley Company


Steve Roberts
Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky PLLC

10:45 a.m.       Networking Break

11:00 a.m.       Using Social Media and Online Communications for PACs

While the FEC prohibits certain PAC activities online, you can still leverage digital communications to motivate your audience. Social media provides a way to stay connected and can be an effective tool as we are all more active online. It’s important to be aware of the legal and compliant ways you can use social media for your PAC. A campaign finance expert and PAC practitioner will tackle the following questions:

  • How can I use social media for my PAC, and can I use private social media groups to solicit my restricted class?
  • What are the new online communications channels and tactics that are FEC compliant?
  • When does a tweet, post, share, like or hashtag count as a solicitation?
  • Can I promote my PAC events on Facebook, Meetup, Eventbrite or LinkedIn?

Carol A. Laham
Wiley Rein LLP


Liz Demorest
Manager, RPAC Fundraising
National Association of REALTORS

12:15 p.m.                    Adjourn

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This event is hosted in a fully virtual environment. 

*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:

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Questions? Contact us at 202.787.5950.


Kristin Brackemyre
Director of PAC and Government Relations
202-787-5969 | email