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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:

AO 2015-07: Payment for Food, Beverages, and Valet Parking at Campaign Events
(Posted 10/09/2015; By Zainab Smith)

Attendees at a campaign event may pay for their own food, beverages and valet parking without making in-kind contributions to the committee. Read more...

FEC to Host Candidate 101 Webinar for Campaign Committees
(Posted 10/08/2015; By Isaac Baker)

On November 18, 2015, the Commission will offer a webinar for new candidates and their committees. "Candidate 101: Basics for Campaign Treasurers & Staff" provides an introduction to the campaign finance laws and regulations that apply to federal candidates and campaigns, covering topics such as candidate registration, treasurer responsibilities, contribution limits and prohibitions, and basic reporting requirements. Read more...

Stop Hillary PAC, et al. v. FEC (New)
(Posted 09/30/2015; By Zainab Smith)

On September 22, 2015, Stop Hillary PAC and Dan Backer filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia challenging provisions of the Act and Commission regulations that prohibit an unauthorized political committee from using a federal candidate’s name in the committee’s name. Plaintiffs seek a declaratory judgment that the naming restrictions are unconstitutional under the First Amendment and seek an injunction barring the FEC from enforcing the provisions. Read more...

Pending Advisory Opinion Requests as of September 30, 2015
(Posted 09/30/2015; 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...

Pursuing America’s Greatness v. FEC (District Court)
(Posted 09/29/2015; By Dorothy Yeager)

On September 24, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied a motion by Pursuing America's Greatness (PAG) for a preliminary injunction to prevent the Commission from enforcing against it restrictions on unauthorized committees’ use of a candidate’s name. Read more...

AO 2015-06: Contributions from a Candidate to a Foreign Candidate
(Posted 09/25/2015; By Christopher Berg)

The Act and Commission regulations do not bar a federal candidate, her authorized committee or her leadership PAC from donating to a candidate for elected office in a foreign country. Read more...

AOR 2015-03 (Democracy Rules, Inc.)
(Posted 09/21/2015; By Dorothy Yeager)

On September 17, 2015, the Commission considered an Advisory Opinion Request (AOR) from Democracy Rules, Inc., concerning a proposal by an non-profit corporation to create a website to collect and transmit funds from its members to candidates. Read more...

October Reporting Reminder
(Posted 09/15/2015; By Katherine Carothers)

The following reports are due in October:

Level the Playing Field v. FEC (LPF II)
(Posted 09/09/2015; By Myles Martin)

On August 27, 2015, Level the Playing Field (LPF), Dr. Peter Ackerman, the Green Party of the United States and the Libertarian National Committee (collectively plaintiffs) filed a new, second lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging FEC regulations and actions as they relate to sponsorship and conduct of federal candidate debates. Level the Playing Field v. FEC, No. 1:15-cv-1397-TSC (D.D.C. filed Aug. 27, 2015) (LPF II). Read more...



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