Agenda Abstracts


Citizens United v. FEC and Its Impact on Texas Campaign Finance Laws

So what is all the fuss about Citizens United? What is a Super PAC and why should you care? This will be a great opportunity to get an overview about how a 2010 United States Supreme Court decision continues to impact the campaign finance landscape in Texas.
 

Texas Campaign Finance Compliance: What Candidates/Officeholders Should Know and Negotiating the Website

This presentation with cover the basics of what candidates and officeholders in Texas are required to do in order to comply with Texas campaign finance laws. This course will also provide an overview of the resources and data provided on the Texas Ethics Commission's website. It will also give direction on how to find information and forms that one may need as a lobbyist, candidate or officeholder.
 

Campaign Finance Compliance: What General and Specific Purpose Political Action Committees Should Know

This presentation will define what a political committee is, explaining that it is a broad definition, and will provide some very basic examples of what makes a group a political committee (e.g., two people get together to raise funds for an old friend who is a candidate for a local office). The presenter will discuss the two types of political committees in Texas (GPAC v. SPAC) and help the audience understand the differences between the two. The presentation also will cover the requirement to appoint a campaign treasurer, duties of the treasurer, and restrictions on who can serve as treasurer. The presenter will explain that all GPACs file with TEC, but the filing authority for SPACs is more complicated and depends on who is ordering the election. The presenter will discuss the GPAC 60-day/10 contributor limitation period, the filing schedule, and the contents of the campaign finance reports. Lastly, the presenter will discuss resignation of treasurers, dissolving the committee, and general restrictions regarding the acceptance and use of political contributions.
 

Avoiding the Top 10 Most Common Campaign Finance Mistakes

Helping ensure compliance is an important goal for the Texas Ethics Commission. This session will focus on how to avoid the most common mistakes made in the campaign finance law.
 

The Prohibition on a Political Subdivision's Use of Public Funds and Resources for Political Advertising

This presentation will discuss the Texas Election Code prohibition on officers and employees of a political subdivision from using public funds and resources to advocate in favor of or in opposition to a particular candidate, officeholder, or ballot measure. Political subdivision officers and employees may provide communications to the public describing a ballot measure that is strictly factual in nature and does not advocate any particular outcome in an election.
 

Lobby Law Compliance for City, County, and State

This presentation will discuss compliance with Chapter 305 of the Texas Government Code. The presentation will focus on four major topics: 1) Texas Lobby Law Overview, 2) Registering as a Lobbyist, 3) Lobby Activities Reports, and 4) Restrictions.
 

Personal Financial Statement Reporting

This presentation will cover the basics of the personal financial statement (Form PFS). Topics will include who is required to file, deadlines for filing, and information required to be disclosed. The presentation will also address commonly asked questions about the personal financial statement.
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