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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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Rufer, et al. v. FEC and RNC, et al. v. FEC (Dismissal)
(Posted 12/23/2014; By Dorothy Yeager)

Rufer, et al. v. FEC (Rufer) and RNC, et al. v. FEC (RNC) were both dismissed recently after the parties filed dismissal agreements with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The plaintiffs had sought to challenge the constitutionality of laws that prevent party committees from financing independent expenditures using funds outside the federal source and amount limitations. Read more...

Commission Declines to Initiate Rulemaking to Amend Federal Office Definition 
(Posted 12/23/2014; By Alex Knott)

On December 11, 2014, the Commission announced its decision not to initiate a rulemaking to revise the definition of “federal office” in 11 CFR 100.4 to include delegates to a constitutional convention. Read more...

AO 2014-18: Two Corporate PACs Are Not Affiliated
(Posted 12/22/2014; By Alex Knott)  

The separate segregated funds (SSFs) for Rayonier Inc. (Rayonier) and Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (RYAM) are not affiliated because the companies’ overall relationship reflects independence post-spin-off. Read more...

Commission Recommends Legislative Changes
(Posted 12/22/2014; By Isaac Baker)

On December 11, 2014, the Commission unanimously approved seven recommendations for changes to current campaign finance law. Two of the recommendations advocate expanding electronic filing requirements, and others relate to other registration and reporting requirements. Read more...

National Parties May Establish New Accounts
(Posted 12/22/2014)

On December 16, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 83). Provisions of that law enable national party committees to establish accounts to defray certain expenses... Read more...

Commission Elects Officers for 2015
(Posted 12/19/2014; By Alex Knott)

The Federal Election Commission has elected Ann M. Ravel as the agency’s Chair and Matthew S. Petersen as its Vice Chair for 2015. Read more...

Kuhn for Congress v. FEC
(Posted 12/19/2014; By Isaac Baker)

On December 15, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina dismissed Kuhn for Congress’s challenge to a civil penalty the Commission had assessed against it for failing to file a campaign disclosure report on time. Read more...

FEC to Host Year-End Reporting and E-Filing Webinars
(Posted 12/12/2014; By Isaac Baker)

The Commission will offer its annual Year-End Reporting and FECFile workshops in January 2015. The webinars for PACs and party committees will be held on January 14, while the webinars for candidates will be offered on January 21. Read more...

Van Hollen v. FEC
(Posted 12/03/2014; By Isaac Baker)

On November 25, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated a Commission regulation governing the disclosure of certain donations used to fund electioneering communications. Specifically, the court found 11 CFR 104.20(c)(9) arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law because it requires disclosure of only those donations made for the purpose of furthering electioneering communications. 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, Director; Alex Knott, Senior Writer/Editor; Dorothy Yeager, Production Manager