Skip Navigation
Federal Election Commission, United States of America (logo). Link to FEC Home Page
Federal Election Commission
FEC Search

 


HOME / PRESS OFFICE / NEWS

Weekly Digest

 

For Immediate Release

Contact

Judith Ingram

March 11, 2011

Julia Queen
  Christian Hilland
  Mary Brandenberger
   
 

ISSUE 2011-10

                       

Weekly Digest
Week of March 7 – 11

 

COMMISSION MEETINGS

No Commission Executive Sessions or Open Meetings were scheduled this week.

ADVISORY OPINIONS

Drafts

AO 2011-03 (DSCC, DCCC, RNC, NRSC, and NRCC). On March 10, the Commission made public Draft A  of Advisory Opinion 2011-03. On March 11, the Commission made public Draft B. The DSCC, DCCC, RNC, NRSC, and NRCC ask whether they may use their recount funds to pay legal fees and judgment or settlement costs arising from a lawsuit filed against them seeking the disgorgement of certain contributions and donations. Comments on the draft are due by noon on March 15, 2010.

Advisory Opinions and Requests are available through the Advisory Opinions search page in the Law and Regulations section of the FEC website.

ENFORCEMENT

The Commission made public one closed case and one Statement of Reasons.

MUR 6348
RESPONDENTS: David Schweikert for Congress and Joyce Schweikert, in her official capacity as treasurer
COMPLAINANT: Luis A. Heredia
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that David Schweikert for Congress and Joyce Schweikert, in her official capacity as treasurer, obscured the required disclaimer on a mailer. Schweikert was a 2010 general election candidate in Arizona’s 5th Congressional District.
OUTCOME: The Commission closed the file. A Statement of Reasons was issued by Chair Cynthia L. Bauerly and Commissioners Ellen L. Weintraub and Steven T. Walther.

For information regarding each of the above matters, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

ADMINISTRATIVE FINES

The Commission made public 28 campaign finance enforcement matters that were resolved through its Administrative Fines (AF) program.

AF 2139 – Rhode Island Republican State Central Committee and Marc Tondreau, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $330.

AF 2151 – Matt Campbell for Congress and Matthew Campbell, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $505.

AF 2153 – Committee to Re-Elect Henry Hank Johnson and Malcolm A. Cunningham, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $4,562.

AF 2154 – Roy for Congress and Barbara G. Hook, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,430.

AF 2155 – Amodei for Nevada and Nicola Neilon, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $250.

AF 2156 – Burton for Congress and Robert Clauhs, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $195.

AF 2157 – Carlos May for Congress and Ben Roeger, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $320.

AF 2159 – Committee to Elect Chick Heileson to Congress and Corbet R. Miskin, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $990.

AF 2161 – Committee to Elect Roderick Vereen for Congress and Chuck Mogbo, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $155.

AF 2163 – Dr. Dan 4 Congress and Brian Umbarger, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,237.

AF 2169 – Gunner Delay for Congress and Michael David Collins, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $990.

AF 2170 – Int. Longshoremens Assoc. (ILA) Local 1291 Political Action Committee and Martin Mascuilli, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $181.

AF 2171 – Laborer’s International Union of No. America Local No. 17 Political League and Joseph R. Libonati, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $125.

AF 2172 – Libertarian Party of Indiana and Todd Singer, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $600.

AF 2174 – Manufactured Housing Institute PAC and Rae Ann Bevington, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $255.

AF 2175 – Monterey County Democratic Central Committee Federal and Helen E. Carlin, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $340.

AF 2176 – National Association for Uniformed Services PAC and Michael F. Harris, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $320.

AF 2177 – Pakistani American Public Affairs Committee PAK-PAC and Dr. Parvez Shah, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $145.

AF 2178 – Robinson Committee LLC and Jack E. Robinson, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $131.

AF 2183 – Jilka for Congress and Steve Dobratz, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $180.

AF 2186 – Kevin Burns 4 US Senate and Rob Flint, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed no civil penalty.

AF 2187 – Marili Cancio for Congress and Armando Hernandez, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $180.

AF 2189 – Thorpe for US Senate and Dr. Marion D. Thorpe, Jr., in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed no civil penalty.

AF 2190 – Elaine Marshall Committee and Thomas M. Mills, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $4,815.

AF 2191 – Bartlett for Congress Committee and Robert Perry, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,865.

AF 2192 – Charles Lollar for Congress and Samuel N. Luxenburg, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,740.

AF 2194 – Morgan for Congress and Hon. RD Snyden, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $210.

AF 2195 – People for Gail Goode and Patrick Bencivenga, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $3,650.

For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

LITIGATION

Carey v. FEC (Civ. No. 11- 259(RMC)). On March 7, the Commission filed a Memorandum in Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS

On March 11, the Commission made public a draft of its Legislative Recommendations for 2011. The draft Legislative Recommendations include: (1) electronic filing of Senate reports, (2) fraudulent misrepresentation of campaign authority, (3) conversion of campaign funds to personal use, and (4) pay levels for the Commission’s Staff Director and General Counsel. The Commission also made public Commissioner Steven T. Walther's proposed revisions to the fourth draft recommendation, proposing to include in the recommendation that the Commission be provided with the authority to create Senior Executive Service positions.

OUTREACH

On March 7, 2011, Communication Specialists Kathy Carothers and Dorothy Yeager gave a presentation on the FEC's registration, reporting and fundraising rules for separate segregated funds at the American League of Lobbyists' PAC Training Program.

UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS

March 15: The Commission is scheduled to hold an Executive Session.

March 16: The Commission is scheduled to hold an Open Session. The Open Session agenda is available on the FEC website.

UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES

March 20: March Monthly Reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2011 Monthly Reporting page of the FEC website.

April 15: April Quarterly Reports are due. For information on quarterly reporting dates, refer to the 2011 Quarterly Reporting page of the FEC website.

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 6, 2011, Washington, DC. FEC Seminar for House and Senate Campaign Committees. Registration information and schedule are on the 2011 Conference/Seminar Schedule page of the FEC website.

May 11, 2011, Washington, DC. FEC Seminar for Corporations and their PACs. Registration information and schedule are on the 2011 Conference/Seminar Schedule page of the FEC website.

OTHER RESOURCES

The March 2011 issue of The Record is in the Publications section of the FEC website. Sign up to receive email notification when a new issue of the Record is posted.

The March 2011 Supplements to the FEC’s Campaign Guides are on the Campaign Guides page of the FEC website.

NEW: Follow Us on Twitter - http://twitter.com/FECupdates