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?
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Hear from one of the nation’s leading election law partners on maintaining compliance in prior approval campaigns including best practices and innovative strategies in securing prior approval. We’ll discuss:
- A comprehensive overview of compliance for association PACs with special emphasis on prior approval
- Review of prior approval requirements including methods for obtaining prior approval, who can provide approval from the member company, maintaining accurate records and more
- Innovative alternatives for implementing prior approval “work-around strategies” for expanding a trade association’s restricted class that do not depend upon obtaining prior approval, including the creation of individual membership tiers and compensating association board members
Co-Chair & Partner, Election Law & Government Ethics Practice
Wiley Rein LLP
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
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