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Weekly Digest

 

For Immediate Release

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Judith Ingram

June 1, 2012

Julia Queen
  Christian Hilland
   
 

ISSUE 2012-22

Weekly Digest

Week of May 28 – June 1

COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

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

ADVISORY OPINIONS

Advisory Opinions Considered

AOR 2012-20 (Mullin).On May 30, the Commission considered and voted on two draft advisory opinions but did not reach consensus on either draft based on a request from Markwayne Mullin. Mullin is a candidate for Congress from Oklahoma, and also the President and CEO of Mullin Plumbing, Inc. and Mullin Plumbing West Division, Inc. (the companies). Mullin asked whether the companies' proposed radio and television advertisements, in which he appears, are electioneering communications if aired in a pre-election time period. Mullin also asked whether, when he files disclosure reports for the companies' electioneering communications, he would be required to disclose the names and addresses of customers who paid $1,000 or more for the companies' services. A Statement was issued by Vice Chair Ellen L. Weintraub and Commissioner Cynthia L. Bauerly.

Drafts

AO 2012-18 (National Right to Life Committee, Inc.). On May 31, the Commission made public a draft of Advisory Opinion 2012-18. The requestor asks whether its payments for the establishment, administration, and solicitation costs of its independent expenditure-only political committee, National Right to Life Victory Fund, must be reported as contributions. Public comments on the draft are due by noon on June 6.

AO 2012-19 (American Future Fund). On May 31, the Commission made public two drafts of Advisory Opinion 2012-19. 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. Public comments on the drafts are due by noon on June 6.

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

LITIGATION

Herron for Congress v. FEC (No. 11-cv-01466 (RC)). On May 25, the plaintiff filed the Plaintiff’s Combined Memorandum in Opposition to Commission’s Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment and Its Reply in Support of Its Motion for Summary Judgment in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

REPORTS ANALYSIS

On May 31, the Commission posted a non-exhaustive list of adequate purposes for campaign finance expenditures on the Reports Analysis Division web page.  The list can be found here.

PRESS RELEASES

FEC Declares Gary Johnson Eligible to Receive Federal Matching Funds (issued May 31)

UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS

June 5: The Commission is scheduled to hold an Executive Session.

June 7: The Commission is scheduled to hold an Open Session.

UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES

June 20: June Monthly Reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2012 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.

July 15: July Quarterly Reports are due. For information on quarterly reporting dates, refer to the 2012 Quarterly Reporting page of the Commission website.

July 20: July Monthly Reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2012 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.

OTHER RESOURCES

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.

The Record news page is available in the Publications section of the Commission website. Sign up to receive email notification when new articles are posted.

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 info@fec.gov.

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