Political Compliance Management: Part of the Political Strategy Forum

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21 Sep, 2017

Political Compliance Management: Part of the Political Strategy Forum

Career Resources

October 17, 2017
9 a.m.− 3 p.m. EDT
Washington, DC or Virtual

Compliance is an integral part of any public affairs program, and every public affairs professional should know the rules. Do your organization’s lobbyists, PAC professionals and grassroots practitioners understand the laws and regulations impacting their work — and your organization’s reputation — at the state and federal level?

Featured Topic & Speakers

Join leading election law expert Ken Gross for a full-day overview of the top legal and compliance issues facing your public affairs programs. In this seminar, hear about all of the rules that apply to PACs, corporate political contributions, gift rules and ethics, pay-to-play and lobbying at the state and federal level.
Ken will provide a detailed overview of numerous topics, including:

  • Campaign finance laws affecting your organization’s involvement at the federal and state levels, including PAC solicitation rules, corporate contribution limitations and reporting considerations
  • Pay-to-play restrictions and how to set up pre-clearance and training programs to keep your employees in compliance
  • Lobbying registration and reporting rules at the federal and state level
  • How to engage with candidates, legislators and executive staff legally (including bringing them to your facilities to support your PAC and grassroots programs) and related gift restrictions
  • Proxy proposals and issues surrounding transparency in political activities

Attendees will also have a chance to share key challenges or questions with Ken and get feedback on keeping their program in compliance.

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Kenneth A. Gross
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom

The Political Strategy Forum is a series of 3 seminars (Effective PAC ManagementEffective Grassroots Management and Political Compliance Management).

This program is eligible for 3 compliance credits toward the Certificate in PAC & Grassroots Management and 3 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 4.5 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.


8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Managing Compliant Campaign Finance Programs

It‘s critical for organizations with a PAC to stay current on strict fundraising, solicitation and reporting requirements. Election law expert Ken Gross will provide an overview of federal campaign finance rules impacting your organization’s federal PAC activities, including:

  • Rules for establishing and operating a PAC, filing requirements, contribution limits and best practices for corporations or associations
  • Recent campaign finance law changes and how they impact PAC operations
  • Solicitation rules for the PAC, including who your organization can solicit and what constitutes a solicitation
  • Best practices for maintaining compliance with your PAC program, including your website, communications materials, gifts and incentives

10:00 a.m. Providing Effective Political Support While Staying Compliant

While organizations continue to seek additional opportunities for engaging with candidates, there are important restrictions on in-office activity and rules for political disclosure. Ken will address:

  • The corporate ban on fundraising and related exemptions, including how to host a fundraiser at your office
  • Ground rules for political site visits at your organization’s facilities
  • Bundling rules under HLOGA and related prohibited activities
  • Corporate shareholder resolutions regarding disclosure of political activity

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Federal Lobbying Compliance, Grassroots and Gift Rules

Lobbying and gift rules can impact your organization’s activities. Ken will cover what triggers reporting requirements and the rules for how your organization can engage with federal, legislative and executive branch officials. Topics will include:

  • A breakdown of LDA and IRC lobbying registration and reporting requirements
  • Considerations for planning constituent events and hosting federal legislative and executive branch officials at your facilities
  • Gift rules that apply to executive officials, federal legislators and staff
  • Potential penalties for violations and best practices for managing compliance

Noon Networking Lunch

12:45 p.m. Coordinating Multistate Political Giving: State Laws and Pay-to-Play

Each state and jurisdiction has its own complex campaign finance rules and restrictions. In this session, Ken will help untangle state laws and discuss what you need to know to manage your organization’s state-by-state political activity, such as:

  • Corporate and federal PAC contribution rules and state and local campaign finance limits
  • Considerations for operating multistate PACs, including differing state laws impacting your activity
  • How to avoid pay-to-play violations and ways to manage internal compliance
  • Recent developments in state-level campaign finance law and recent enforcement actions

1:45 p.m. Break

2:00 p.m. Beyond the Beltway: State and Local Lobbying Laws

Increasingly, organizations are shifting lobbying resources to engaging with state and local-level decision makers. Find out how to stay compliant across jurisdictions through this discussion of:

  • State and local definitions of lobbying, registration and filing requirements, including where grassroots activity triggers lobbying registration
  • State gift rules and related exemptions for legislative and executive branch officials
  • Recent state and local developments in lobbying and gift laws, as well as enforcement cases and actions that could impact your activities

3:00 p.m. Adjourn

Who Should Attend?

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  • General counsels
  • Compliance managers
  • Political attorneys
  • PAC treasurers, managers and administrators
  • Grassroots and advocacy specialists
  • In-house and contract lobbyists
  • Senior public affairs executives
  • Directors of government relations
  • Staff responsible for filing FEC or lobbying reports


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“Excellent! Ken Gross was knowledgeable, intelligent and a great speaker; a very educational meeting.”
– Pat Douglass, vice president, government relations, Pacific Life Insurance Co.

“This overview presented essential information in a clear – and even entertaining – manner.”
– Joy Chandler, vice president, corporate relations, Kennametal Inc.

“Ken was very knowledgeable and interesting. I would attend any seminar led by him.”
– Colleen Nunez, manager, federal regulatory affairs, CGI

“Excellent – Ken has the ability to turn a dry topic into something interesting and sometimes humorous.”
– Cheryl Crame, executive analyst, Salt River Project

“Ken is always the best. He presents in a very informative and insightful way, while also making the session enjoyable.”
– Thom Iles, director, state public affairs, John Deere

“The depth and breadth of material covered was well worth the price of admission.”
– Mary Frances Conley, manager, political action committee, Northrop Grumman Corp.

Past Participants

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Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
Alenia North America
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons
American Association of Physicists in Medicine
American College of Radiology
American Electric Power
American Medical Association
American Nurses Association
Archer Daniels Midland Co.
Atmos Energy Corp.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Barnes & Thornburg
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois – HCSC
Bradley Arant Rose & White
Chicago Board Options Exchange
Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
Constellation Brands Inc.
Constellation Energy Group Inc.
DTE Energy Co.
EADS North America
Eastman Chemical Co.
Exelon Corp.
Federation of American Hospitals
Financial Planning Association
Great River Energy
H & R Block
Health Care Service Corp.
Hoffmann-La Roche
International Council of Shopping Centers
Invitrogen Corp.
Johnson & Johnson
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
Koch Industries
Kraft Foods Inc.
MVP Health Care
National Athletic Trainers’ Association
National Ocean Industries Association
Personal Care Products Council
Piedmont Natural Gas
Red Hat Inc.
Robert Bosch LLC
Rockwell Collins
Salt River Project
Schering-Plough Corp.
Union Pacific Corp.
Wakefern Food Corp.
Wells Fargo & Co.

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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Political Compliance Management

  • Members: $595
  • Non-Members: $799


Get 10 percent off if you register for two or more events in this series. Get the code here. Some restrictions may apply.

Download print and fax registration form here

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.


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