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Post-General Reporting Reminder
The 30-Day Post-General Election report is due on December 4, 2014. The Post-General Election report covers activity from October 16 (or from the close of books of the last report filed) through November 24. The following committees must file this report: Read more...
AO 2014-17: LLC Owned by Two Corporations May Authorize Solicitations
by a Trade Association
A limited liability company (LLC) owned and controlled by two corporations may authorize a trade association of which it is a member to solicit its executive and administrative personnel. Read more...
Petition for Rulemaking on Candidate Debates
On November 14, 2014, the Commission published a Notice of Availability seeking public comments on a Petition for Rulemaking from Level the Playing Field. The petition requests that the agency amend its regulations on candidate debates to revise the criteria governing the inclusion of candidates in presidential and vice presidential debates. Read more...
FEC Cites 27 Committees for Failure to File Pre-General
The Federal Election Commission has cited 27 campaign committees for failing to file their 12-Day Pre-General Election Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act) for the general election that is being held on November 4, 2014. Read more...
FEC Cites Committees for Failure to File October Quarterly Report
The Federal Election Commission has cited five campaign committees for failing to file the October Quarterly Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act). Read more...
Advisory Opinions 2014-14 & 2014-15: Professors May Receive
Fringe Benefits from College During Campaigns
Two federal candidates, who are also college faculty members, may continue to receive fringe benefits payments from their employer during their unpaid leaves of absence to run for Congress. These candidate/employees’ receipt of these benefits does not violate the ban on corporate contributions because the college’s payment is part of a consistent policy available to all qualified employees and will be made on the same terms as other faculty members. Read more...
Final Rules on Independent Expenditures and Electioneering
Communications by Corporations and Labor Organizations
On October 9, 2014, the Commission approved final rules that permit corporations and labor organizations to finance independent expenditures and electioneering communications. The rules were promulgated in response to a Petition for Rulemaking filed by the James Madison Center for Free Speech petitioning the Commission to revise its regulations in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, 558 U.S. 310 (2010), which invalidated the ban on corporate independent expenditures and electioneering communications. Read more...
Commission Issues Interim Final Rule and ANPRM to Address Supreme
Court Ruling in McCutcheon
On October 9, 2014, the Commission approved both an interim final rule and an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to revise the Commission’s regulations to reflect the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. The interim final rule removes regulations that impose aggregate contribution limits the Court held were unconstitutional, and the ANPRM invites public comment on whether the Commission should undertake a new rulemaking to revise or amend other regulations in light of the Court’s ruling. The Commission intends to hold a hearing on the ANPRM on February 11, 2015, and invites public comment on what revisions, if any, it should consider. Read more...
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