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  • FEC Record: Outreach

FEC to host March 18 webinar on independent expenditures (2020)

February 3, 2020
FEC webinar on March 18, 2020 providing online training for independent expenditures

Political committees, individuals and organizations spent more than $1.3 billion on independent expenditures during the 2017-18 midterm elections, and will likely spend more than that this cycle. If you’d like to learn more about these unlimited express advocacy communications, please plan to attend our March 18 Independent Expenditures Webinar.

Staff from the FEC's Information and Reports Analysis Divisions will review the rules and reporting requirements for political committees—including Super PACs and Hybrid PACs—individuals and organizations that make independent expenditures. Participants will learn the difference between independent expenditures and coordinated communications, and the consequences of making one rather than the other. We'll also review disclaimer requirements and work through several scenarios to demonstrate how and when to report independent expenditures. Participants will be able to type questions into a chat box and get answers in real-time from the presenters and chat hosts.

Webinar information

An email containing a link to workshop materials, technical information and additional instructions will be sent to registered participants the day before the webinar.

Registration information

The cost to attend the webinar is $30. To register, visit the FEC Training Payment page on (the government’s secure portal for online payments). A full refund will made for all cancellations received before 5 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 13; no refunds will be made for cancellations received after that time. Additionally, please note that refunds of automated clearinghouse (ACH) payments are not readily available.

Registration questions

Please direct all questions about the webinar to or call the FEC's Information Division at 1-800-424-9530 (menu option 6).

Learning credits

The FEC will provide all attendees with a letter certifying participation in the webinar, which participants can use to independently apply for CLE or other credits. Email if you have further questions related to educational credit.

Webinar Schedule March 18, 2020
Independent Expenditures Webinar 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern
  • Author 
    • Isaac Baker
    • Communications Specialist