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FEC Record

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:

Advisory Opinion Request 2016-23 (Socialist Workers Party)
(Posted 04/21/2017; By Myles Martin)

On April 20, 2017, the Commission considered the Socialist Workers Party’s (SWP) request to extend its partial exemption from the Federal Election Campaign Act’s disclosure requirements, but was unable to approve a response by the required four affirmative votes. Read more...

Printed Copies of 2017 Edition of 11 CFR Now Available
(Posted 04/21/2017; By Dorothy Yeager)

Printed copies of the 2017 edition of Title 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) are now available. Read more...

Testing the Waters for Possible Candidacy
(Posted 04/14/2017; By David Garr)

Before deciding to campaign for federal office, an individual may want to "test the waters"—in other words, explore the feasibility of becoming a candidate. An individual who spends money merely to test the waters (but not to campaign for office) does not have to register as a candidate. Nevertheless, funds raised to test the waters are subject to the Federal Election Campaign Act’s (the Act) limits and prohibitions. Read more...

Groups Have Standing to Challenge Dismissal of Some Straw Donor Complaints (Campaign Legal Center, et al. v. FEC)
(Posted 04/07/2017; By Myles Martin)

On March 29, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted in part and denied in part the Commission’s motion to dismiss for lack of standing a challenge brought by Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 (plaintiffs) that alleged that the Commission’s dismissal of five separate administrative complaints was arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law. The court held that the plaintiffs had standing to pursue their challenge regarding three of the five administrative complaints, but dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims regarding two of the administrative complaints. Read more...

FEC to Host May 17 Webinar for Party Committees
(Posted 04/05/2017; By Isaac Baker)

The Commission will hold a one-day online seminar for political party committees on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Commission staff will conduct several technical workshops on the federal campaign finance laws affecting party committees. Read more...

Preparing for the Next Election
(Posted 04/03/2017; By Myles Martin)

This article highlights some basic rules for candidates and campaign committees as they prepare for the 2018 elections. Read more...

Campaign Debt
(Posted 03/31/2017; By David Garr and Paul Stoetzer)

After an election, some House and Senate campaigns have outstanding debts, including money owed to campaign vendors. Campaigns must report debts and obligations continuously until repaid. Read more...

Pending Advisory Opinion Requests as of March 31, 2017
(Posted 03/31/2017; 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...

District Court Allows Challenge to Administrative Complaint Outcome in CREW v. FEC and Crossroads GPS (16-259)
(Posted 03/31/2017; By Zainab Smith)

On March 22, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied the FEC’s Partial Motion to Dismiss and granted in part Crossroads GPS’s Supplemental Motion to Dismiss. Read more...

Commission Disposition of Debate Rulemaking
(Posted 03/29/2017; By Christopher Berg)

On March 29, 2017, the Commission published a Supplemental Notice of Disposition in the Federal Register, ending its consideration of a petition for rulemaking concerning candidate debates (REG 2014-06). The Commission has decided not to initiate a rulemaking at this time. Read more...




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The FEC Record is produced by the Information Division, Office of Communications. Toll free 800-424-9530; Local 202-694-1100; Email Greg Scott, Assistant Staff Director, Information Division; George Smaragdis, Deputy Assistant Staff Director, Publications; Dorothy Yeager, Sr. Communications Specialist