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Message from Chair Ellen Weintraub

Chair WeintraubOn behalf of my fellow Commissioners, I would like to welcome you to a new year, a new election cycle and a new volume of the FEC Record. 

Each year, the Commission faces many challenges and opportunities as we administer the federal campaign finance laws.  This year should prove to be no different, and I would like to take this opportunity to highlight a few of the agency’s ongoing objectives. 

One of our most important objectives is providing timely, accurate and user-friendly disclosure of campaign finance information. Our new online disclosure portal features an improved interface and a new, easy-to-use search tool called the Candidate and Committee Viewer designed to offer flexible and comprehensive access to our data. We have also updated our Electronic Filing RSS feed to notify subscribers when a particular filer(s) submits a report. These and other initiatives demonstrate our continued commitment to public disclosure.

The Commission is also committed to providing timely compliance information through our educational outreach programs.  With candidates and committees already looking forward to the 2014 elections, we will offer a “Candidate 101” workshop for new campaigns next month, then begin our regular series of seminars, webinars and conferences designed to help candidates, committees and other filers comply with the Federal Election Campaign Act and FEC regulations.  We hope you can attend one or more of these events, either in person or online.

Through these programs and others, we will continue to strive to provide the public with the transparency, integrity and fairness that are essential to the federal campaign process.  I welcome suggestions from any member of the public on how we can better do our job.  It is an honor to serve as Chair of the FEC, and I look forward to working with my colleagues and our outstanding staff in the year ahead.

(Posted 1/10/2013)

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