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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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AO 2015-15: Website May Help Users Make Contributions to Federal Candidates
(Posted 02/04/2016; By Alex Knott)

A corporation may establish a website designed to help users identify candidates whose actions they support. If they choose, users may contribute to those candidates through the website. Read more...

FEC Introduces Online Payment Option for Administrative Fines
(Posted 02/04/2016; By Alex Knott)

The Commission is now accepting online payments for administrative fines. Read more...

Pending Advisory Opinion Requests as of January 31, 2016
(Posted 02/03/2016; By Alex Knott)

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...

Van Hollen v. FEC
(Posted 02/01/2016; By: Isaac Baker)

On January 21, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed a 2014 district court decision that invalidated a Commission regulation governing the disclosure of certain donations used to fund electioneering communications. Read more...

FEC to Host February 24 Webinar for Party Committees
(Posted 01/22/2016; By Isaac Baker)

The Commission will hold a one-day online seminar for political party committees on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Read more...

Commission Certifies Matching Funds for O’Malley
(Posted 01/22/2016; By Alex Knott)

On January 20, 2016, the Commission certified $846,365.09 in federal matching funds to presidential candidate Martin J. O’Malley for the 2016 primary election. Read more...

Reports Due in 2016
(Posted 01/08/2016; By Katherine Carothers)

This article on filing requirements for 2016 is supplemented by the reporting tables linked at Read more...

Pending Advisory Opinion Requests as of December 31, 2015
(Posted 01/04/2016; 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...

Stop Hillary PAC, et al. v. FEC (District Court)
(Posted 12/29/2015)

On December 21, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied plaintiffs Stop Hillary PAC and Dan Backer's Motion for Preliminary Injunction. The plaintiffs had sought an interim order enjoining the FEC from taking any action to enforce the naming restriction for unauthorized political committees in section 52 U.S.C. § 30102(e)(4) against plaintiffs throughout the duration of their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of that provision. The plaintiffs had also sought to enjoin the FEC from enforcing section 30102(e)(4) either facially or as applied to nonconnected political committees with names that clearly and unambiguously oppose a candidate. Read more...

FEC v. Lynch (New)
(Posted 12/29/2015)

On December 18, 2015, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Edward Lynch, Sr., Lynch for Congress and Edward Lynch, Sr. in his official capacity as treasurer (defendants). The Commission seeks a declaration that defendants' conversion of campaign funds to personal use on or after August 12, 2010, was a violation of 52 U.S.C. § 30114(b). Read more...

Commission Elects Officers for 2016
(Posted 12/28/2015)

At its open meeting of December 17, 2015, the Federal Election Commission elected Matthew S. Petersen as Chairman and Steven T. Walther as Vice Chairman for 2016.  Read more...

Commission Recommends Legislative Changes to Congress
(Posted 12/28/2015; By Isaac Baker)

On December 16, 2015, the Commission unanimously approved seven recommendations for changes to current campaign finance law. Some of the recommendations relate to the law’s registration and reporting requirements, including expansion of electronic filing requirements, while others seek Congressional authority needed in order to better fulfill the agency's mission.


FEC to Host Year-End Reporting and E-Filing Webinars
(Posted 12/16/2015; By Isaac Baker)

The Commission will offer its annual Year-End Reporting and FECFile workshops in January 2016. The webinars for PACs and party committees will be held on January 13, while the webinars for candidates will be offered on January 20. Read more...

Ohio Special Election Reporting: 8th District
(Posted 12/16/2015; By Katherine Carothers)

Ohio will hold special primary and general elections to fill the U.S. House seat in Ohio’s 8th Congressional District vacated by Representative John Boehner. The Special Primary will be held on March 15, 2016, and the Special General will be held June 7, 2016. Read more...

AO 2015-11: App for Making Contributions by Rounding Up Purchases Made on Contributors’ Credit Cards Permissible
(Posted 12/15/2015; By Myles Martin)

A limited liability company (LLC) taxed as a corporation may provide an app that “rounds up” each transaction on a user's credit or debit card to the next dollar, and provides the difference between that amount and the original charge—minus a service fee—to political committees or other nonprofits chosen by the user. The Commission concluded that this arrangement would not result in the LLC making contributions or serving as a conduit or intermediary, but was unable to agree on the legal basis for its conclusion by the required four affirmative votes. Read more...

FEC v. Johnson (2:15-cv-00439-DB) (District Court)
(Posted 12/15/2015; By Christopher Berg)

On December 10, 2015, the Commission moved to amend its complaint against Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson to add John Swallow as a defendant. In June, the Commission had filed suit against Johnson, alleging that he knowingly and willfully used straw donors to exceed contribution limits to federal candidates. Read more...

CREW v. FEC (15-cv-02038) (New)
(Posted 12/03/2015; By Zainab Smith)

On November 23, 2015, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington ("CREW"), and Melanie Sloan filed a Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The Complaint alleges that the FEC's dismissal of CREW's administrative complaint against the Commission on Hope, Growth and Opportunity ("CHGO") was arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion and contrary to law. CREW seeks an order declaring that the dismissal was contrary to law and requiring the Commission to conform with that decision. Read more...


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