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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:

Level the Playing Field, et al. v. FEC (New)
(Posted 07/01/2015; By Myles Martin)

On June 22, 2015, Level the Playing Field, Dr. Peter Ackerman, the Green Party of the United States and the Libertarian National Committee (collectively, plaintiffs) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs claim that the Commission has unlawfully failed to act on both an alleged administrative complaint and a rulemaking petition involving the FEC’s candidate debate regulations. Read more...

FEC v. Johnson, Case 2:15-cv-00439 (D. Utah, 6/19/2015) (New)
(Posted 07/01/2015; By Christopher Berg)

On June 19, 2015, the Commission filed suit against Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson alleging that he knowingly and willfully violated the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) by using straw donors to exceed the contribution limits. The FEC seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as appropriate civil penalties against Mr. Johnson. Read more...

Pending Advisory Opinion Requests as of June 30, 2015
(Posted 07/01/2015; 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...

Preparing for the Next Election
(Posted 06/25/2015; By Katherine Carothers)

This article highlights some basic rules for candidates and campaign committees as they prepare for the 2016 elections. Read more...

AO 2015-01: Green-Rainbow Party Qualifies as State Party
(Posted 06/22/2015; By Jonella Culmer)

The Green-Rainbow Party (GRP) satisfies the criteria for state party committee status. Read more...

July Reporting Reminder
(Posted 06/22/2015; By Katherine Carothers)

The following reports are due in July:

FEC to Host Chicago Conference in August
(Posted 06/12/2015; By Isaac Baker)

The Commission will hold a regional conference in Chicago, Illinois, on August 25-26, 2015. Commissioners and staff will conduct a variety of technical workshops on the federal campaign finance laws affecting federal candidates, parties and PACs. Workshops are designed for those seeking an introduction to the basic provisions of the law as well as for those more experienced in campaign finance law. Read more...

FEC Moves to 18-Digit Image Indexing System
(Posted 06/09/2015; By Alex Knott)

On June 29, 2015, the Commission plans to begin using 18-digit codes to identify the scanned images of FEC reports available on the agency’s website. Most users should not notice any difference, but some who write computer code to access FEC reports and data may need to modify their scripts. Read more...

FEC to Host July 8 FECFile Webinar for PACs and Party Committees
(Posted 06/04/2015; By Jonella Culmer)

The Commission will offer a FECFile workshop for PACs and Party Committees on July 8, 2015. This workshop will demonstrate the Commission’s FECFile software and address questions filers may have concerning electronic filing. Read more...


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