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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:

Pursuing America’s Greatness v. FEC (New)
(Posted 08/03/2015; By Myles Martin)

On July 27, 2015, Pursuing America’s Greatness (PAG) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the Commission’s regulations and a recently-issued advisory opinion that restrict an unauthorized committee’s use of a candidate’s name in social media and other Internet activities supporting that candidate. Read more...

Chair Ravel to Host Public Forum on Campaign Finance Issues
(Posted 08/03/2015)

FEC Chair Ann Ravel will host a public forum on federal campaign finance law at the conclusion of the agency’s Chicago Regional Conference on Wednesday, August 26, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Magnificent Mile. Read more...

Pending Advisory Opinion Requests as of July 31, 2015
(Posted 07/31/2015; 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...

Petition for Rulemaking on Contributions from Corporations and Other Organizations to Political Committees
(Posted 07/30/2015; By Zainab Smith)

On July 29, 2015, the Commission published a Notice of Availability seeking public comments on a Petition for Rulemaking on Contributions from Corporations and Other Organizations to Political Committees. The petition was filed by Make Your Laws PAC, Inc. and Make Your Laws Advocacy, Inc. (the “petitioners”). Read more...

Petitions for Rulemaking on Independent Spending by Corporations, Labor Organizations, Foreign Nationals and Independent-Expenditure-Only Committees
(Posted 07/29/2015; By Dorothy Yeager)

On July 29, 2015, the Commission published a Notice of Availability that seeks public comments on two petitions for rulemaking filed by Make Your Laws PAC Inc. and Make Your Laws Advocacy, Inc., and Craig Holman and Public Citizen. The petitions seek modifications to FEC regulations arising from the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. Read more...

Chicago Conference Nearly Sold Out
(Posted 07/29/2015; By Dorothy Yeager)

The Commission's August 25-26 regional conference in Chicago, Illinois, is nearly sold out, with registration fees set to increase on August 1. Don't miss out — register now for this full two-day conference on federal campaign finance law for candidates, party committees and corporate/labor/trade PACs. Read more...

AO 2015-04: Use of Candidate's Name by Collective Actions PAC
(Posted 07/23/2015; By Christopher Berg)

Collective Actions PAC (CAPAC), an unauthorized independent expenditure only committee, may not use the name of Sen. Bernard Sanders, a candidate for President, in the names of its various websites and social media accounts supporting the candidate, even if they do not solicit contributions. However, CAPAC is free to promote Sen. Sanders by name within the body of any website or other communication. Read more...

Wagner, et al. v. FEC (Appeals Court)
(Posted 07/22/2015; By Zainab Smith)

On July 7, 2015, the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the provision in the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) that prohibits contributions made in connection with federal elections by federal government contractors. Read more...

AO 2015-02: Matching SSF Contributions with Donations to Foreign Charity
(Posted 07/21/2015; By Jonella Culmer)

The Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company – Illinois Central Railroad Company (GTW-IC) connected organizations may match individual contributions made to their separate segregated fund (GTW-IC PAC) with charitable donations to a Canadian registered charity. Read more...




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