Week of November 26 – 30
COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS
On November 28, the Commission held an executive session.
No Commission open meetings were held this week. Click here for agendas and related documents for open meetings. Click here for audio recordings for selected meetings, hearings and presentations.
AO 2012-35 (Global Transaction Services Group, Inc.). On November 29, the Commission made public a draft of Advisory Opinion 2012-35. The requestor asks whether its proposed method of processing anonymous electronic credit and debit card contributions to candidates initiated via text messaging is permissible under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, (the Act) and Commission regulations. Comments on the draft are due by noon on December 5. This advisory opinion is on the agenda for the Commission’s December 6, 2012, open meeting.
AO 2012-36 (Green Party of Connecticut). On November 29, the Commission made public a draft of Advisory Opinion 2012-36. The Green Party of Connecticut is a political committee that is registered with and reports to the Commission. The Green Party of Connecticut asks to be recognized as the State committee of a political party, the Green Party of the United States.Comments on the draft are due by noon on December 5. This advisory opinion is on the agenda for the Commission’s December 6, 2012, open meeting.
Advisory Opinions and Requests are available through the Advisory Opinions search page in the Law and Regulations section of the Commission website.
The Commission made public two closed cases. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The Commission made public two campaign finance enforcement matters that were resolved through its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program.
ADR 622 – Friends of Todd Young and Larry Ness, in his official capacity as treasurer. The respondent agreed to (1) develop and certify implementation of compliance measures, (2) disgorge $16,958 to the US Treasury and (3) pay a civil penalty of $5,000.
ADR 623 – National Council of Farmer Cooperatives CO-OP PAC and Kelsey Swango, in his official capacity as treasurer. The respondent agreed to (1) develop and certify implementation of compliance measures and (2) pay a civil penalty of $1,500.
For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
RULEMAKING AND AGENCY PROCEDURES
On November 29, the Commission made public a draft of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs). The NPRM, if approved, would seek public comment on proposed changes to the Commission’s rules, which would result in treating all LLPs that have opted for federal corporate tax treatment pursuant to the Internal Revenue Service's "check the box" provisions, as corporations for purposes of the Act.
The Real Truth About Abortion f/k/a Real Truth About Obama v. Federal Election Commission (Civ. No. 11-1760). On November 26, the petitioner filed a Reply to Brief in Opposition in the United States Supreme Court.
On November 27, Vice Chair Ellen L. Weintraub discussed the role and work of the Commission with students from Gettysburg College.
On November 26, the Commission’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) made public its Audit Report on the Commission’s Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Statement.
UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS
December 6: The Commission is scheduled to hold an open meeting.
UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES
December 6: Post-General Reports are due. For information on general election reporting dates, refer to the 2012 General Election Reporting page of the Commission website.
January 31, 2013: Year-end Reports are due. For more information on reporting dates, refer to the 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.
An index to the Record news articles published in 2012 is available on the Commission website. 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.
The FEC Annual Reports from 1975-2006 are now available on the website. Beginning in 2007, the Commission consolidated its Annual Report with its Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) to provide a single account of the agency's activities for each fiscal year.
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