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Judith Ingram

January 25 , 2013

Julia Queen
  Christian Hilland
   
 

ISSUE 2013-04

Weekly Digest

Week of January 21 – 25

COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

No Commission open meetings or executive sessions were scheduled this week.

ADVISORY OPINIONS

AO 2012-39 (Green Party of Virginia). On January 24, the Commission made public a draft of Advisory Opinion 2012-39. The Green Party of Virginia, a political committee that is registered with and reports to the Commission, 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 January 30.

AOR 2012-25 (American Future Fund and American Future Fund Political Action).  On January 24, the Commission made public a letter informing the requestors that no further action is being taken on their request. On October 12, 2012, the Commission concluded its consideration of Advisory Opinion Request 2012-25 without issuing an advisory opinion. On October 15, 2012, the requestors asked the Commission to reconsider this matter. Advisory Opinion Request 2012-25 was submitted by American Future Fund and American Future Fund Political Action. They asked whether they may establish a joint fundraising committee.

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

ADMINISTRATIVE FINES

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

AF 2528 – Wes Riddle for US Congress and Daniel Leon Lunsford II, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $4,400.

AF 2543 – Friends of Chris Garner and Barbara S. Small, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed no civil penalty.

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

LITIGATION

Vroom v. FEC (Case 1:12-cv-0143-RMC). On January 24, the Commission filed its Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

On January 23, the Commission hosted Webinars on “2012 Year-end Reporting and Electronic Filing for Candidate Committees.”

UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS

January 29: The Commission is scheduled to hold an executive session.

January 31: The Commission is scheduled to hold an open meeting and an executive session.

UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

February 13, Federal Election Commission, Washington, DC. “Candidate 101: Preparing for the Next Election Cycle” Webinar for new candidates and their campaign staff. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES

January 31: Year-end Reports are due. For more information on reporting dates, refer to the Reporting page of the Commission website.

OTHER RESOURCES

The Official 2012 Presidential General Election Results are available in the Library section of the website. This listing was compiled from the official election results published by state election offices.

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.

Printed copies of the 2012 edition of Title 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations are now available and can be downloaded from the website. To order, call (800)424-9530 (press 6) or send an email to info@fec.gov.

Instructional videos are available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/FECTube?feature=watch.  These videos are also available on the Commission's E-Learning resources page at http://www.fec.gov/info/elearning.shtml.

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