Week of April 30 – May 4
COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS
No Commission Executive Sessions or Open Meetings were scheduled this week.
AOR 2012-17 (Red Blue T LLC, ArmourMedia, Inc., and m-Qube, Inc.). On April 30, the Commission received a comment on Advisory Opinion Request 2012-17 (Red Blue T LLC, ArmourMedia, Inc., and m-Qube, Inc.). The requestors ask whether their proposal to use mobile phone text messaging to raise funds for political committees is permissible under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act) and Commission regulations.
AOR 2012-19 (American Future Fund). On April 30, the Commission made public Advisory Opinion Request 2012-19 (American Future Fund). American Future Fund is a 501(c)(4) organization that intends to produce and distribute certain broadcast advertisements. It asks whether any of its proposed advertisements constitute electioneering communications. The Commission will accept written comments on the request during the 10-day period following publication of the request (no later than May 10, 2012) and must issue a response no later than 60 days after receipt of the complete request, specifically by June 25, 2012.
Advisory Opinions and Requests are available through the Advisory Opinions search page in the Law and Regulations section of the Commission website.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The Commission made public two campaign finance enforcement matters that were resolved through its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program.
ADR 591 – Ohio Republican Party and Charles A. Knight, in his official capacity as treasurer. The respondent agreed to (1) send a representative to an FEC conference, (2) implement compliance measures and (3) pay a civil penalty of $13,000.
ADR 593 – Patriot Majority PAC and Craig Varoga, in his official capacity as treasurer. The respondent agreed to (1) implement compliance measures, (2) send representatives to an FEC conference and (3) pay a civil penalty of $3,250.
For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
Van Hollen v. FEC (No. 12-5117). On April 30, the Plaintiff-Appellee, Chris Van Hollen, filed an Opposition to Intervenors' Emergency Motions for Stay in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. On May 2, Appellants Center for Individual Freedom and the Hispanic Leadership Fund each filed a Reply to Plaintiff-Appellee Van Hollen’s Opposition to Intervenors’ Emergency Motions.
On April 30, Communications Specialist Myles Martin discussed recent campaign finance litigation with visitors from the American Civics Center Elderhostel.
On May 1, the Commission introduced a new home page (www.fec.gov) to help users navigate the FEC website more efficiently. From the home page, users can quickly find campaign finance disclosure data, educational videos including "A Citizens' Guide to Supporting Federal Candidates," frequently-asked questions on reporting and compliance, and information on recent developments in campaign finance law and enforcement.
FEC Summarizes 2011 Campaign Activity (issued May 1)
UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS
May 8: The Commission is scheduled to hold an Executive Session.
May 10: The Commission is scheduled to hold an Open Session.
UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
May 23, Washington, DC. Seminar/Webinar for Trade Associations, Labor Organizations, Membership Organizations and their PACs. Registration information and the schedule are on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.
UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES
May 20: May Monthly Reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2012 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.
The 2012 edition of the Combined Federal State Disclosure and Election Directory is available in the Public Records section of the Commission website. This publication identifies the federal and state agencies responsible for the disclosure of campaign finances, lobbying, personal finances, public financing, candidates on the ballot, election results, spending on state initiatives and other financial filings.
Printed copies of the 2012 edition of 11 CFR are now available. To order, call (800)424-9530 (press 6) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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