Ever have a question about federal political campaigns, or the Federal Election Commission?
Next week the Federal Election Commission is having training classes in Kansas City for anyone interested in learning more about federal campaign laws, federal PACs, or party committees.
See the FEC flyer for this Kansas City event along with information about how to contact the FEC to participate in these free training classes.
If you cannot attend but want to know what the class is about, view the PowerPoint slides.
The Wed. Aug 5 class is only for Republicans and the Thur. Aug 6 class is only for Democrats. (For whatever reason, the party order was reversed when a similar class was held in Tallahassee, FL in June).
I asked the FEC if I may attend both sessions as a journalist to compare/contrast the reaction of Republicans and Democrats to the training sessions. But to be more effective, the FEC wanted separate party-based classes so the participants will feel more comfortable to ask questions and discuss issues. Their goal is education and they didn’t want participants to be inhibited from asking questions.
The FEC did not want me attending both classes as a journalist, which likely would inhibit questions and discussions. I agreed not to attend at all if they would send me the PowerPoint slides or handouts so I could study the material they planned to present.
The FEC spokesman indicated they may or may not use all the slides depending on the questions asked by participants. The FEC will address specific questions first, and then use the slides only as needed.
See this page about FEC Educational Outreach for future FEC Conferences, Roundtables, and State Outreach sessions like the one in Kansas City next week.
Thanks to Judy Ingram, FEC Press Officer, for permission to obtain these slides.