Week of March 4 – 8
COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS
On March 7, the Commission held an open meeting and an executive session. Click here for agendas and related documents for open meetings. Click here for audio recordings for selected meetings, hearings and presentations.
The Commission made public three closed cases and two Statements of Reasons. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
MUR 6421 – Benishek for Congress and Trent J. Benishek, in his official capacity as treasurer; Dan Benishek; St. George Glass and Window Co., Inc.; and Steven P. Zurcher. On March 5, Chair Ellen L. Weintraub and Commissioner Steven T. Walther issued a Statement of Reasons.
The Commission made public three campaign finance enforcement matters that were resolved through its Administrative Fines (AF) program.
AF 2568 – Otero for Congress and Teresa Gaffney Sussman, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $210.
AF 2569 – Wenona for Arizona and Sal Baldenegro, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $220.
AF 2570 – Djou for Hawaii and Chris S. Mashiba, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $6,720.
RULEMAKING AND AGENCY OPERATIONS
Draft Notice of Interpretive Rule on Reporting Ultimate Payees of Political Committee Disbursements. On March 7, the Commission made public four comments filed in response to a draft of a Notice of Interpretive Rule on Reporting Ultimate Payees of Political Committee Disbursements, which sought comment from the public on how political committees should report the ultimate payees of committee disbursements. Comments from the public responding to this request were due on or before March 4, 2013.
FEC v. Craig for U.S. Senate(Case 1:12-cv-00958-ABJ). On March 7, oral argument on the defendants’ motion to dismiss was rescheduled for March 11 in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Free Speech v. FEC (Case 12-8078).On March 5, oral argument was scheduled for May 7 in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Vroom v. FEC (Case 1:12-cv-0143-RMC). On March 7, the Commission filed a Reply in Support of its Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's Amended Complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Wagner v. FEC (Case 12-5365). On March 6, the Plaintiffs-Appellants filed a Reply Brief. Oral argument is scheduled for May 16 in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS
March 12: The Commission is scheduled to hold an executive session.
March 14: The Commission is scheduled to hold an open meeting.
UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
March 20, Federal Election Commission, Washington, DC. “Seminar/Webinar for House and Senate Campaigns and Party Committees.” Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.
UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES
March 20: March Monthly Reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2013 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.