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The FEC Record is an online resource for political committees and others interested in latest information on the Commission and the federal campaign finance law. Until August 2011, the Commission published the Record as a monthly newsletter. Now, the agency posts articles as news happens, then compiles those articles at the end of each month. To view or print those monthly compilations or the archived monthly newsletters, you'll need to download a copy of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software at

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Latest Articles:

Commission Amends Directive 52
(Posted 12/07/2016; By Christopher Berg)

On December 1, 2016, the Commission voted to amend Directive 52 regarding Commission voting procedures in light of the D. C. Circuit court opinion in Combat Veterans for Congress PAC v. FEC and current Commission practice. Read more...

Pending Advisory Opinion Requests as of November 30, 2016
(Posted 12/05/2016; By Dorothy Yeager)

Advisory Opinion Requests (AORs) pending before the Commission as of the end of the month are listed below. Procedures for commenting on pending AORs are described here. Read more...

AOR 2016-20: Mlinarchik
(Posted 12/05/2016; By Isaac Baker)

On December 1, 2016, the Commission considered an Advisory Opinion Request (AOR) from Christoph Mlinarchik, the sole-member of a limited liability company (LLC). The LLC has not elected to be treated as a corporation for federal income tax purposes and is negotiating a contract with the federal government. Read more...

Public Funding Repayment for 2012 Gary Johnson Presidential Campaign
(Posted 11/28/2016; By Dorothy Yeager)

On November 23, 2016, the Commission made public a repayment of public funds received from the 2012 campaign of presidential candidate Gary Johnson, and his principal campaign committee, Gary Johnson 2012, Inc. Read more...

AO 2016-18: Green Party of Ohio Qualifies as State Party Committee
(Posted 11/28/2016; By Katherine Carothers)

The Green Party of Ohio qualifies as a state party committee under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act). Read more...

AO 2016-17: Libertarian Party of Michigan Qualifies as State Party Committee
(Posted 11/28/2016; By Jonella Culmer)

The Libertarian Party of Michigan Executive Committee, Inc. (the LPM) qualifies as a state party committee under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act). Read more...

AO 2016-16: Fundraising for Public Funding Repayments and Civil Penalties
(Posted 11/23/2016; By Zainab Smith)

Gary Johnson 2012, Inc. (the "Committee") may use its cash on hand and may raise additional funds to fulfill obligations to the United States Treasury and to the Commission, consistent with the restrictions set forth in the Presidential Primary Matching Payment Account Act (the “Public Funding Act”) and FEC regulations. Read more...

AO 2016-19: Libertarian Party of Colorado Qualifies as State Party
(Posted 11/18/2016; By Christopher Berg)

The Libertarian Party of Colorado (LPC) qualifies as a state committee of the Libertarian Party because it is a part of the official party structure and it is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the party at the state level. Read more...

CREW v. FEC (16-2255) (New)
(Posted 11/18/2016; By Myles Martin)

On November 14, 2016, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and its executive director Melanie Sloan (collectively, plaintiffs) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the Commission's dismissal of two administrative complaints. The complaints alleged that American Action Network (AAN) and Americans for Job Security (AJS) had violated the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) by failing to register as political committees and disclose required information with the Commission. Read more...

Republican Party of Louisiana, et al. v. FEC (District Court)
(Posted 11/17/2016; By Myles Martin)

On November 7, 2016, a three-judge court of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment to the Commission in a lawsuit brought by the Republican Party of Louisiana and several local Republican party committees in Louisiana (collectively, plaintiffs). The plaintiffs challenged federal campaign finance provisions requiring state and local political parties to use certain types of funds to finance activities in connection with federal elections, including get-out-the-vote, voter registration drives and other communications and activities. Read more...


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