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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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Contribution Limits for 2017-2018
(Posted 02/16/2017; By: Christopher Berg)

Under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act), certain contribution limits are indexed for inflation every two years, based on the change in the cost of living since 2001, which is the base year for adjusting these limits. The inflation-adjusted limits are: Read more...

Lobbyist Bundling Disclosure Threshold Increases
(Posted 02/16/2017; By: Christopher Berg)

The Federal Election Campaign Act, as amended by the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (HLOGA), requires certain political committees to disclose contributions bundled by lobbyists/registrants and lobbyist/registrant PACs once the contributions exceed a specified threshold amount. The Commission must adjust the threshold amount at the beginning of each calendar year. Read more...

Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits Adjusted
(Posted 02/16/2017; By: Christopher Berg)

The 2017 coordinated party expenditure limits are now available.

The limits are:

California Special Election Reporting: 34th District
(Posted 02/16/2017; By Katherine Carothers)

The Special General Election to fill the 34th Congressional District House seat vacated by Representative Xavier Becerra will be held April 4, 2017. Under California law, a majority winner in the Special General Election is declared elected. Should no candidate achieve a majority vote, a Special Runoff Election will be held on June 6, 2017, between the top two vote-getters in the Special General Election. Read more...

Kansas Special Election Reporting: 4th District
(Posted 02/16/2017; By Katherine Carothers)

Kansas will hold a special general election to fill the U.S. House seat in Kansas' 4th Congressional District vacated by Representative Mike Pompeo. The Special General Election will be held April 11, 2017. Read more...

Level the Playing Field, et al. v. FEC (District Court)
(Posted 02/13/2017; By: Myles Martin)

On February 1, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found that the Commission’s dismissals of two administrative complaints filed by Level the Playing Field, the Green Party of the United States, the Libertarian National Committee, and Dr. Peter Ackerman (collectively, plaintiffs) against the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) were arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law. The court ordered the Commission to reconsider the evidence and allegations and issue a new decision consistent with the court’s opinion within 30 days. Read more...

FEC to Host March 29 Webinar for Member/Labor Organizations and Their PACs
(Posted 02/08/2017; By Isaac Baker)

The Commission will hold a one-day online seminar for membership and labor organizations and their political action committees (PACs) on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Commission staff will conduct several technical workshops on the federal campaign finance laws affecting these organizations and their 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...

CREW, et al. v. FEC (16-1088) (District Court)
(Posted 02/03/2017; By Myles Martin)

On January 30, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the Commission’s motion to dismiss a suit brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and its executive director, Noah Bookbinder (collectively, plaintiffs). The plaintiffs had challenged the Commission’s earlier dismissal of an administrative complaint filed in 2012 against Murray Energy Corporation and the Murray Energy Political Action Committee (MECPAC), along with the company’s president and CEO Robert Murray and the MECPAC treasurer in his official capacity. The complaint alleged that the company had illegally coerced employees into making political contributions and illegally reimbursed employees for such contributions. Read more...

Commission Adjusts Civil Penalties for 2017
(Posted 02/02/2017; By Dorothy Yeager)

The Commission has published its updated civil penalty amounts for 2017, pursuant to a federal law that requires federal agencies to adjust civil penalties for inflation each year, beginning in 2017. The updated amounts were published in the Federal Register on February 2. Read more...

AO 2016-25: Federal Officeholder May Spend Nonfederal Funds for Certain Winding Down Expenses of Previous Nonfederal Campaign
(Posted 02/01/2017; By Myles Martin)

Vice President Mike Pence’s previous campaign committee for Indiana governor may spend its remaining nonfederal funds for several types of expenses related to winding down its state campaign activities and complying with Indiana disclosure laws. The committee may spend funds on activities, such as storage of committee assets and legal and accounting expenses associated with winding down the campaign’s operations, as long as such spending is consistent with state law. Read more...

Pending Advisory Opinion Requests as of January 31, 2017
(Posted 01/31/2017; 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...

AO 2016-26: Green Party of Florida Qualifies as State Party Committee
(Posted 1/27/2017; By: Jonella Culmer)

The Green Party of Florida qualifies as a state committee of a political party under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act). Read more...

FEC Announces Appointment of Kathleen M. Guith as Associate General Counsel
(Posted 01/25/2017)

On January 19, 2017, the Federal Election Commission voted to appoint Kathleen M. Guith as Associate General Counsel for Enforcement. Read more...

FEC Summarizes First 21 Months of Campaign Activity for 2015-2016 Election Cycle
(Posted 01/24/2017; By Dorothy Yeager. Graphics by James Jones)

The Commission has released its statistical summary of 21-month campaign activity for the 2015-2016 election cycle. This summary covers funds raised and spent in connection with federal elections between January 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. Read more...

AO 2016-21: Communications Would Be Coordinated if Former Campaign Employees Use or Convey Material Information to Political Action Committee
(Posted 01/24/2017; By Myles Martin)

Great America PAC, a nonconnected hybrid political action committee, plans to hire phone bank personnel who may previously have been employed by a candidate or party committee. The Commission concluded that the phone bank communications proposed in the request would be coordinated communications if the employees in question used information from their prior employment in their work for the Great America PAC or conveyed such information to the PAC, and such information was material to the creation, production, or distribution of the communications. Read more...

Federal Election Commission Certifies Federal Matching Funds for Stein
(Posted 01/17/2017)

The Federal Election Commission has certified a payment of $134,900 in federal matching funds to Jill Stein for President in connection with the 2016 presidential primary election. The certified amount was in response to a submission for matching funds made by Stein, the Green Party's presidential candidate for 2016. Read more...

FEC to Host February 21 Webinar for Corporations and their PACs
(Posted 01/11/2017; By Isaac Baker)

The Commission will hold a one-day online seminar for corporations and their political action committees (PACs) on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Commission staff will conduct several technical workshops on the federal campaign finance laws affecting corporations and their PACs. Read more...



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