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Why Become a Member?

There are many benefits to a COGEL membership, including:

Annual Conference

Whether you are a first-time attendee or a veteran, engaging and informative sessions await you, all directly related to your work. Located in a different major city every year, the annual conference provides an opportunity for learning about the latest legal developments, sharing important tips and best practices with COGEL partners, and capturing new ideas to take back to your office. Recent conferences have attracted over 400 participants annually! The COGEL Annual Conference is a forum for the exchange of useful information on significant developments and trends in Governmental Ethics, Elections, Freedom of Information, Campaign Finance, and Lobbying Law.


Whether your agency signs up one or one hundred people to attend the annual conference, each registered member of your agency will receive the member discounted price.


An extensive membership directory containing detailed information on commissions, agencies, boards, and offices responsible for the administration and regulation of governmental ethics throughout the United States and Canada. Through our Web site, members have exclusive access to an online database directory.

Career Center

You have the capability of customizing and posting unlimited job openings that are vacant within your agency. Career postings are currently only searchable by COGEL members.


Our on-line discussion groups and forums offer member support on general or specific law subjects. Posting or answering questions leverages the wealth of information of our membership body. These forums are private and open only to other COGEL members.


Programs and materials for the purpose of educating members are available. We also encourage COGEL members to share this information with interested members of the general public.


The COGEL Blue Books are an annual compendium of legal updates in the fields of Campaign Finance, Lobbying, and Ethics. They are produced by COGEL members for COGEL members and are presented at the annual conference.


The Guardian- a periodic informative newsletter covering the most recent agency actions around the country, including administrative hearings, legislative activities and court activities in various areas of interest to COGEL members.

COGEL News- a monthly newsletter detailing updates and links to recent news and reports related to Campaign Finance, Elections, Ethics, Freedom of Information, and Lobbying.

News You Can Use

News You Can Use is a weekly summary of national news focused on Ethics, Lobbying, and Campaign Finance produced by State and Federal Communications and provided free of charge to COGEL members. State and Federal Communications researchers scour articles printed in papers across the country, and write short informative summaries of each. The unprecedented "News You Can Use" resource offers: hundreds of article highlights and overviews every month, references from newspapers throughout the county, and timely, informative and up-to-the minute news.



Join your colleagues in COGEL today!