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COGEL Annual Conference 2012

COGEL invited members to the 34th Annual Conference, in Columbus, Ohio,on December 2-5, 2012! This thought provoking and educational conference celebrated professionals in the fields of ethics, campaign finance, lobbying, elections and freedom of information. Plenary speakers included Ohio Governor John R. Kasich, United States Representative Joyce Beatty (OH-3), Hon. David Xiao, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, and a retrospective of the role of super PACs in the 2012 presidential elections from Cynthia L. Bauerly, then Commissioner of the FEC; Trevor Potter, member, Caplin and Drysdale; and Mike B. Wittenwyler, attorney, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.  Building on the idea of interdisciplinary networking from the 2011 conference, the conference featured COGEL BINGO!  Attendees sought to complete their bingo cards with signatures from various disciplines.  A drawing was held from completed cards and the winner received conference registration fee for the 2013 conference.  See the detailed conference program here.  Watch video about the conference 

COGEL Annual Conference 2011

COGEL and the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance welcomed members to the 33rd Annual Conference on December 4-7, 2011 in Music City. The conference brought insights into:

✪ current hot topics
✪ updates on recent legislation and litigation—federal, state, local, and international
✪ analysis of the impact of these decisions

And a focus on networking starting with a "speed dating" session on "what’s working for you”.  This along with interesting plenary sessions led by John Avlon, author and Senior Political Columnist for Newsweek and the Daily Beast and CNN contributor as well as a video presentation and discussion about the business community's thoughts about campaign finance from Charles Kolb, President, Committee for Economic Development.  See the detailed conference program here.

COGEL Annual Conference 2010

302 attendees traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 32nd Annual Conference. Being in the United States Capital gave new relevance to the discussion topics in the variety of disciplines.  Plenary speakers included Spencer Overton, Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School and Former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy; Jeanne Cummings, Assistant Managing Editor, POLITICO; Drago Kos, Former Chairman of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption in Slovenia and Chairman of the Group of States Against Corruption; and a debate on lobbying regulation between Meredith McGehee, Policy Director, Campaign Legal Center and David Wenhold, President, American League of Lobbyists moderated by Elizabeth Newlin Carney, Contributing Editor, National Journal.

Past Conference Locales

2009  -- Chicago, Illinois

2008 -- Scotssdale, Arizona

2007 -- Victoria, British Columbia

2006 -- New Orleans, Louisiana