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For Immediate Release Contact Judith Ingram
May 31, 2013 Julia Queen
  Christian Hilland
   
  ISSUE 2013-22

Weekly Digest
Week of May 27 – 31

COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

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

ENFORCEMENT

The Commission made public two closed cases. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

MUR 6672
COMPLAINANT: John T. Russell
RESPONDENTS: Bilirakis for Congress and John Koulianos, in his official capacity as treasurer; and Representative Gus Bilirakis
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that Bilirakis for Congress and Koulianos, in his official capacity as treasurer, and Bilirakis converted campaign funds to personal use by paying Bilirakis’s membership dues and event registration to the Royal Order of Jesters.  Bilirakis was a 2012 candidate for Florida’s 12th Congressional District.
DISPOSITION: The Commission closed the file.

MUR 6709
COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Bachmann for Congress and Daniel Puhl, in his official capacity as treasurer
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission found that Bachmann for Congress and Puhl, in his official capacity as treasurer, (the Committee) failed to disclose accurately an aggregate of $208,502.36 in receipts and $206,499.10 in disbursements on five financial reports in 2009 and 2010. Michele Bachman was a 2010 candidate for Minnesota's 6th Congressional District.
DISPOSITION: The Commission entered into a conciliation agreement providing for the Committee to pay a civil penalty of $8,000.

ADMINISTRATIVE FINES

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

AF 2554 – Steve Salazar for Congress and Rosario Rodriguez, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $4,950.

AF 2571 – New Directions for America and Edward C. Sweeney, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $2,150.

AF 2598 – Susan Adams for Congress and Tamara S. Hull, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $250.

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 632 – Orly Taitz for US Senate 2012, Orly Taitz, in her official capacity as treasurer and Kimball Ladien. The Commission dismissed the case.

ADR 634 – Rothfus for Congress, William Haskins, in his official capacity as treasurer; and Tom Smith for Senate and Lisa Lisker, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission dismissed the case.

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

LITIGATION

Wagner v. FEC (Case 12-5365). On May 31, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its opinion and judgment, remanding the case to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

OUTREACH

On May 29, Chair Ellen L. Weintraub discussed the work of the Commission with a group of students from Villanova University.

PRESS RELEASES

Appeals Court Issues Opinion in Wagner v. FEC (issued May 31)

UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

June 26, Federal Election Commission, Washington, DC. Seminar/Webinar on July Quarterly Reporting for Candidate Committees. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

June 26, Federal Election Commission, Washington, DC. Seminar/Webinar on FECFiling & E-Filing for Candidate Committees. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

July 10, Federal Election Commission, Washington, DC. Seminar/Webinar on Mid-Year Reporting for PACs and Party Committees. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

July 10, Federal Election Commission, Washington, DC. Seminar/Webinar on FECFiling & E-Filing for PACs and Party Committees. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

October 23-24, San Francisco, California, Regional Conference for House & Senate Campaigns, Political Party Committees and Corporate/Trade/Labor PACs.Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES

June 20: June Monthly Reports are due. For information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2013 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.

July 15: July Quarterly Reports are due. For information on quarterly reporting dates, refer to the 2013 Quarterly Reporting page of the Commission website.

July 20: July Monthly Reports are due. For information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2013 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.

OTHER RESOURCES 

The 2013 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 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.

An index to the Record news articles published in 2013 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.

The 2012 edition of Title 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations can be downloaded from the website. To order printed copies, 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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