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FEC to Host Reporting and FECFile Workshops
The Commission will offer reporting and FECFile workshops next month to help filers prepare for the busy pre-election filing period. The workshops for candidates will be offered online only and will be held on Wednesday, October 1. The sessions for PACs and party committees will be held on Wednesday, October 8, both at the Commission and online as a webinar for those who cannot attend in person. Read more...
FECA Moves from Title 2 to Title 52 of the US
Effective September 1, 2014, the Federal Election Campaign Act (currently 2 U.S.C. §431 et seq) will be consolidated with other laws governing voting and elections in the new title 52 of the United States Code. Initiated by the Office of Law Revision Counsel to the United States House of Representatives (OLRC), the reorganization will renumber code sections, correct technical errors and remove obsolete provisions, but will not otherwise alter the existing laws. Read more...
CREW v. FEC – Case 1:14-cv-01419-CRC,
On August 20, 2014, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and its executive director, Melanie Sloan, filed suit against the FEC in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the Commission’s dismissal of their administrative complaints against the American Action Network (AAN) and Americans for Job Security (AJS). The plaintiffs allege that the Commission’s dismissal was “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and contrary to law.” The plaintiffs further allege that the Commission has adopted a “de facto regulation … without notice” interpreting the “‘major purpose’ test” for political committee status “as limited to a consideration of express advocacy (or its functional equivalent) only, conducted during an ill-defined and ever-changing period of time.” Read more...
FEC Cites Committees in Arizona, Florida and Vermont for Failure to
File 12-Day Pre-Primary Report
The Federal Election Commission cited 15 campaign committees today for failing to file the 12-Day Pre-Primary Election Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), for primaries being held on August 26, 2014. Read more...
AO 2014-10: Commission Approves Use of Campaign Funds to Purchase
A principal campaign committee may use campaign funds to purchase copies of the candidate’s book without the purchase resulting in personal use or an in-kind contribution from the publisher. Read more...
AO 2014-07: Website May Use FEC Data, Other Info to Match Donors to
A for-profit corporation may create and operate a website that uses FEC contributor data and other information to help visitors identify and contribute to candidates, as well as prospective candidates and eventual party nominees that visitors support. Read more...
Virginia Special Election Reporting: 7th District
Virginia will hold a Special General Election to fill the U.S. House seat in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District vacated by Representative Eric I. Cantor. The Special General will be held November 4, 2014. Read more...
AO 2014-09: Consulting Firm May Market Credit Card Affinity Program
to Political Committees
A consulting firm may partner with banks to develop and market an affinity credit card program for political committees. The firm would offer individuals listed on the committees’ mailing lists credit cards that provide monthly rebates on purchases. The individuals would have the option to designate those rebates as contributions to the committee. Read more...
FEC Chairman Lee E. Goodman and Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel to Host Public Forum
on Website Improvement
The Federal Election Commission has launched an extensive effort to improve the Commission’s website by enhancing the public’s access to and the delivery of campaign finance data. In partnership with 18F, a newly formed organization within the General Services Administration (GSA), the FEC is in the process of creating an agile, navigable, intuitive, user-based online platform to better deliver campaign finance information to all of our users.
A key part of this effort is to hear from FEC website users and the public directly. As Chairman and Vice Chair, we invite you to join us on September 17, 2014 for an informal public forum to discuss the website. Read more...
FEC Cites Committee in Louisiana for Failure to File 12-Day
The Federal Election Commission cited a campaign committee on August 19 for failing to file the 12-Day Pre-Primary Election Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act). Read more...
FEC Cites Committee in Wyoming for Failure to File 12-Day Pre-Primary
The Federal Election Commission cited a campaign committee on August 15 for failing to file the 12-Day Pre-Primary Election Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), for Wyoming’s primary election that is being held on August 19, 2014. Read more...
FEC Cites Committee in Minnesota for Failure to File 12-Day
The Federal Election Commission cited a campaign committee today for failing to file the 12-Day Pre-Primary Election Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), for Minnesota’s primary election that is being held on August 12, 2014. Read more...
Stop This Insanity, Inc. Employee Leadership Fund, et al. v.
On August 5, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision to dismiss a constitutional challenge to provisions that impose limitations on a corporation’s solicitations for contributions to its separate segregated fund (SSF). The court rejected the challenge brought by Stop the Insanity, Inc. (“STII”) and Stop This Insanity, Inc. Employee Leadership Fund (“the Fund”), and upheld the statutory restrictions on SSF solicitations, including provisions that generally permit SSFs to solicit only a limited class of individuals for contributions. Read more...
La Botz v. FEC
On July 25, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit filed by former U.S. Senate candidate Dan La Botz challenging the Commission’s decision to dismiss an administrative complaint he submitted in 2010. In that complaint, Mr. La Botz alleged he had been unlawfully excluded from televised candidate debates in Ohio. Read more...
FEC Cites Committees in Michigan, Missouri and Washington for Failure
to File 12-Day Pre-Primary Reports
On August 1, 2014, the Federal Election Commission cited four campaign committees for failing to file their 12-Day Pre-Primary Election Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), for primary elections being held on August 5, 2014. Read more...
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