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38th Annual
COGEL Conference


December 11 - 14, 2016
New Orleans Marriott

Online registration for the 2016 COGEL Conference has closed. Onsite registration will be available at the Conference Registration Desk. We hope you will join us in New Orleans at the Marriott New Orleans Hotel, 555 Canal Street for this year’s Conference.

Conference Schedule

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Conference Registration
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
  Tech Tips in a Brave New World: What You Should Know About the Latest Technology
  Local Agency Roundtable: Wisdom from the Trenches

The Campaign Finance Crystal Ball: Predicting Future Cases
  Voter Registration in the Digital Age: Online? Automatic? Portable?
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Kay Williams First Timers Session & Conference Preview
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
  The Principal Principles: In Search of the Best Practices in Ethics Laws

Flash Mentoring: COGEL LEADership Advice

How Do I Bribe Thee? Let Me Count the Ways
  Campaign Finance Cases by the Clock: A Short Review of the Major Cases
  Certifiably COGEL: Exploring a COGEL Certification Program
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Welcome Reception
Presentation of the COGEL Outstanding Service Award
7:00 pm
COGEL Dine-Around or Dinner on Your Own


MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2016
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast - Table Topics
8:30 am - 4:45 pm
Conference Registration
8:45 am - 10:15 am Conference Kick-Off & Plenary Session
Plenary Session: “Breaking News: A Reporter’s Take on the New Gilded Age of Politics”
Matea Gold, National Political Reporter, The Washington Post
10:25 am - 11:55 am Concurrent Sessions 

Ethics Update I: Legislation & Litigation
  To Tweet or Not to Tweet? To Friend or Not to Friend? That is the Question!
  The Voting Machine Crisis: What Can Be Done About It?
  Two Hats & One Shoestring: Managing with Limited Resources
  Campaign Finance Update II: Litigation
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Plenary Session
“Nation of the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy & What We Can Do About It”
Nick Penniman, Executive Director, Issue One
Wendell Potter, Journalist & New York Times Bestselling Author
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm  Concurrent Sessions
  Plenary Spotlight: Nation on the Take II: The Corrupting Influence of Dialing for Dollars
  Data, Data Everywhere: Dealing with the Vast Info Contained in Voter Election Records
  Looking for Data in All the Wrong Places: Searching for Traces of Money & Influence
  Whistles are Not Just for Refs: How Effective Whistleblowing Regimes Strengthen Ethical Behavior
  Enforcement Update: Election Year Developments in Investigations & Enforcements
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm  Concurrent Sessions
  Make ‘em Laugh & Leave ‘em Wanting More: Building Creative, Humorous Trainings
  Ethics Update II: Enforcements & New Developments
  Election Update: Significant Developments & Noteworthy Controversies
  Investigating From Your Desktop: Using Data Mining Tools & Techniques to Promote Campaign Finance Compliance
  Digging Up the Truth about Grassroots Lobbying: Best Approaches to Regulation & Disclosure
5:00 pm COGEL Dine-Around or Dinner on Your Own


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2016
7:30 am - 8:45 am Breakfast - Table Topics
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Conference Registration
9:00 am - 10:00 am Plenary Session & Presentation of the 2016 COGEL Award
Plenary Session: “A View to a Kill Interview: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Demise of the GAB”
Kevin Kennedy, former Executive Director & General Counsel, Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
10:15 am - 11:45 am Concurrent Sessions
  Campaign Finance Update II: Exploring Legislative & Regulatory Trends
  Digging Deeper: New Issues Surrounding Technology & FOI
  Leadership DNA: How to Cultivate & Lead High Performance Teams
  Lobbyist Registration & Reporting Update
11:45 am - 1:30 pm COGEL Dine-Around or Lunch on Your Own
1:00 pm - 3:15 pm Shiny New Toys: COGEL Agencies Demonstrate Amazing IT Solutions
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
  America’s Next Top Model – of State & Local Oversight
  Preparing for the Case I: The Nuts & Bolts of Thorough Investigations
  Meet the Press (with Confidence!): The Sequel
  Freedom of Information Update: Surveying the Legislative & Litigation Landscape
  Promoting Small Donor Democracy: Making Small Donors Big in Number
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm Plenary Session – Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk? An EXCLUSIVE Screening of the HBO Original Documentary. Directed by Alexandra Pelosi.
Moderators: FEC Commissioners Ellen Weintraub & Ann Ravel
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Annual "Mix and Mingle" Reception


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Conference Registration
8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast - Annual COGEL Business Meeting
9:15 am - 10:30 am Concurrent Sessions
  The Art of Presentation: How to Avoid Death by PowerPoint
  Preparing the Case II: Witness Testimony
  It’s NOT Your Money: A Case Study in How to Spot Embezzlement & Personal Use of Campaign Funds
  Show Us Your Data! Collaborating with the Civic Hacker Community to Further Your Mission
  Geaux Vote!
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
  Advice Jambalaya: Tips to Provide Clear, Consistent, & Useful Guidance
  Freedom of Information Roundtable
  Dark Money & The Quest for the Perfect Coordination Rule
  Political Activity Walks a Fine Line – Who Can, Who Should, Who Cares?
  What Price for 'Convenience Voting'?
12:00 pm
COGEL Dine-Around or Lunch on Your Own