Workshop: Prior Approval: Compliance and Best Practices for Association PACs

09 May, 2018

July 17, 2018
10 a.m.−12:15 p.m. ET
Washington, DC or Virtual

The Federal Election Commission requirement that trade association PACs must obtain prior approval from its corporate members before soliciting them for PAC support presents unique challenges for trade associations in growing their PAC programs. Prior approval requirements also introduce additional compliance considerations that can affect many areas of your PAC’s activities and campaigns. Does your PAC struggle to obtain prior approval?

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


10 a.m. Compliance Overview: Prior Approval
As required by the Federal Election Commission, trade association PACs face unique challenges in securing prior approval from corporate members before soliciting them for PAC support. Join us as Michael provides a comprehensive overview of compliance for association PACs with a special emphasis on prior approval, including:

  • Review of 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

11:00 a.m. Networking Break

11:15 a.m. Case Studies in Prior Approval “Work-Around” Strategies
Many association PACs struggle to obtain prior approval and this often impedes PAC growth. In this session, Michael will provide case studies of innovative solutions for implementing prior approval “work-around” strategies 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.

12:15 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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Register Online

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

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