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For Immediate Release

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Judith Ingram

January 7 , 2011

Julia Queen
  Christian Hilland
  Mary Brandenberger
   
 

ISSUE 2011-1

                       

Weekly Digest
Week of January 3 – 7

 

COMMISSION MEETINGS

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

ADVISORY OPINIONS

Advisory Opinion Considered

AOR 2010-25 (RG Entertainment). On January 6, the Office of the General Counsel sent a letter to counsel for requesters RG Entertainment, Star Parker, Star Parker for Congress, Motive Entertainment, Inc., engage4 LLC, and InService America, Inc. informing the requesters that the Commission was unable to render an opinion in AOR 2010-25. The requesters had asked whether (1) disbursements in connection with the production, marketing, and distribution of a documentary film and its trailer would be covered by the press exemption or would constitute bona fide commercial activity; (2) payments for the production and distribution of the film would constitute a coordinated communication with Parker, a candidate who appears in the film; (3) public theatrical exhibitions of the film would require disclaimers; and (4) Parker's appearances and licensing activities in conjunction with screenings of the film would be subject to the Act and Commission regulations.

ENFORCEMENT

The Commission made public two closed cases.

MUR 6277 – Robert E. Kirkland; Kirkland for Congress and Ronald H. Kirkland, in his official capacity as treasurer; and Ronald H. Kirkland. The Commission closed the file.

MUR 6279 – US Dry Cleaning Corporation; David Vitter; David Vitter for U.S. Senate and William Vanderbrook, in his official capacity as treasurer; Robert and Regina Lee; Tim and Mary Denari; Riaz and Donna Chauthani; and Jamal and Cymetria Ogbe. The Commission closed the file.

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

AUDIT REPORTS

The Commission approved issuance of and made public one Audit Report. A summary of the findings is below.

National Association of Health Underwriters PAC (HUPAC). The Audit examined reports and statements filed by the PAC covering campaign finance activity between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2008 and discovered no significant non-compliance.

General information about final audit reports is here. Audits are broken down into three categories: Authorized Committees, Unauthorized Committees, and Title 26 Audit Reports.


UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES

January 31:  Year-end Reports are due. For more information on reporting dates, click here.

UPCOMING EVENTS 

January 12, 2011, Washington, DC. FEC Roundtable Workshops on FEC Reporting Requirements. Registration information and schedule are here.

January 12, 2011, Washington, DC. FEC Roundtable Workshops on FECFile & E-Filing. Registration information and schedule are here.

OTHER RESOURCES

The January 2011 issue of The Record is here. Sign up here to receive email notification when a new issue of the Record is posted.

The January 2011 Supplements to the FEC’s Campaign Guides are here.

Sunshine Act Notices for previous Executive Sessions are here. Agendas and related documents for previous Open Meetings are here. Audio recordings for selected previous meetings, hearings and presentations are here.