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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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McChesney, et al. v. FEC (8:16-cv-00168) (New)
(Posted 04/28/2016; By Christopher Berg)

On April 15, 2016, Bart McLeay for U.S. Senate, Inc., and Robert McChesney, in his official capacity as Treasurer ("Plaintiffs") filed suit against the Commission, Matthew Petersen, in his official capacity as FEC Chairman, and the United States in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Plaintiffs allege that a final determination and civil money penalty assessed against them under the Commission's Administrative Fine Program (AFP) are invalid. Read more...

Stop Reckless Economic Instability Caused by Democrats, et al. v. FEC (Appeals Court)
(Posted 04/25/2016; By Dorothy Yeager)

On April 22, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an order in Stop Reckless Economic Instability Caused by Democrats ("Stop PAC"), et al. v. FEC denying the plaintiffs' petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc of the appeals court's February 2016 ruling in this case. Plaintiffs had challenged the differing contribution limits for multicandidate and non-multicandidate political action committees (PACs). Read more...

FEC Cites Committees in Maryland and Pennsylvania for Failure to File 12-Day Pre-Primary Financial Report
(Posted 04/25/2016)

On April 22, 2016, the Federal Election Commission cited three campaign committees for failing to file the 12-Day Pre-Primary Election Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), for the primary elections that are being held on April 26, 2016. Read more...

AO 2016-01: Website’s Distribution of News Content to Users Qualifies for Media Exemption
(Posted 04/19/2016; By Myles Martin)

The costs Ethiq corporation incurs to distribute political news stories, commentary, and editorials through its website and app qualify for the Federal Election Campaign Act's (the Act)"media exemption." As a result, these expenses are neither contributions nor expenditures under the Act. Read more...

FEC Declares Jill Stein Eligible to Receive Federal Matching Funds
(Posted 04/15/2016; By Dorothy Yeager)

On April 14, 2016, the Federal Election Commission announced that Jill Stein is eligible to receive federal matching funds. Stein is seeking the Green Party nomination for president for 2016. Read more...

FEC Summarizes First Year of Campaign Activity for 2015-2016 Election Cycle
(Posted 04/07/2016; By Alex Knott)

Presidential candidates raised $442.7 million and spent $319.3 million during the first 12 months of the 2015-2016 election cycle, according to an analysis by the Federal Election Commission.

The 82 candidates with White House bids also reported a total of $20.5 million in debts and $127.6 million in cash on hand in 2015, based on the Commission's study, which calculated information from all campaign finance reports filed with the agency covering activity between January 1 and December 31, 2015. Read more...

Commission Certifies Additional Federal Matching Funds for O’Malley
(Posted 04/06/2016)

The Federal Election Commission has certified $8,867.46 in federal matching funds to former presidential candidate Martin J. O’Malley for the 2016 primary election. The certified amount was in response to the third regular submission for matching funds made by the O’Malley campaign. Read more...

FEC to Host May 11 Webinar for Corporations and their PACs
(Posted 04/06/2016; By Isaac Baker)

The Commission will hold a one-day online seminar for corporations and their political action committees (PACs) on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Commission staff will conduct several technical workshops on the federal campaign finance laws affecting corporations and their PACs. Read more...



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