|For Immediate Release||
|November 15, 2013||Christian Hilland|
|.pdf version of this Weekly Digest||ISSUE 2013-46|
Week of November 11 – 15
COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS
No executive sessions were held this week.
On November 14, the Commission held an open meeting. Click here for agendas and related documents for open meetings. Click here for audio recordings of selected meetings, hearings and presentations.
Advisory Opinion Issued
AO 2013-13 (Freshman Hold’em JFC). On November 14, the Commission concluded that the requestor may not use only “Freshman Hold’em JFC” and its URL, www.FreshmanHoldem.com, to identify itself in its disclaimers. The request was filed by Freshman Hold'em, Stutzman for Congress, Gardner for Congress 2012, Tom Reed for Congress, Denham for Congress, Benishek for Congress, Inc., Rodney for Congress, Duffy for Congress, Chris Gibson for Congress, Friends of Joe Heck, Friends of Dave Joyce, Pat Meehan for Congress, Scott Rigell for Congress, Rothfus for Congress, Jon Runyan for Congress, Inc., VoteTipton.com, Valadao for Congress and Walorski for Congress Inc. Joint Fundraising Committee.
Advisory Opinions Considered
AOR 2013-15 (Conservative Action Fund). On November 14, the Commission discussed three drafts of an advisory opinion request from the Conservative Action Fund (CAF) and held over the matter until the next open meeting. In its request, CAF asked 24 questions related to its receipt of Bitcoins as contributions. During the discussion, the Commission heard from counsel on behalf of the requestor.
AO 2013-17 (The Tea Party Leadership Fund). On November 15, the Commission made public two drafts of Advisory Opinion 2013-17. The Tea Party Leadership Fund (TPLF) seeks an exemption from the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, (the Act) and Commission regulations requiring reporting to the FEC contributors to the TPLF and to the recipients of TPLF disbursements.
The Commission made public three closed cases, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The Commission made public one campaign finance enforcement matter that was resolved through its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
ADR 661– Rethink PAC and David N. Martin, in his official capacity as treasurer. The respondent agreed to (1) develop and certify implementation of compliance measures, (2) send a representative to an FEC conference, and (3) pay a civil penalty of $4,500.
Proposed Final Audit Report on the Arizona Republican Party. On November 14, the Commission approved the Proposed Final Audit Report on the Arizona Republican Party, covering campaign finance activity between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010. The Commission approved findings related to the misstatement of financial activity, reported coordinated party expenditures and the reporting of debts and obligations. The report also addressed an additional issue related to reported coordinated party expenditures.
Final Determination on Entitlement to Primary Election Public Funds – Governor Gary Johnson, Gary Johnson 2012 Inc. On November 14, the Commission made a final determination that Governor Johnson is not entitled to receive any additional payments of public funds for the 2012 primary election.
FEC v. Craig for U.S. Senate (Case 1:12-cv-00958-ABJ). On November 13, the defendants filed an Opposition to Commission's Memorandum in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Libertarian National Committee, Inc. v. FEC (Case 13-5094). On November 8, the Commission filed its Motion for Summary Affirmance in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
On November 13, the Commission hosted a Seminar/Webinar for Nonconnected Committees.
On November 15, Communications Specialist Isaac Baker met with American University students to discuss the role and work of the Commission as well as recent developments in campaign finance law.
UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS
November 19: The Commission is scheduled to hold an executive session.
November 21: The Commission is scheduled to hold an open meeting.
UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES
November 20: November Monthly Reports are due. For information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2013 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.
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.
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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