|For Immediate Release||
|November 22, 2013||Christian Hilland|
|.pdf version of this Weekly Digest||ISSUE 2013-47|
Week of November 18 - 22
COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS
On November 19, the Commission held an executive session.
On November 21, 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 2013-16 (PoliticalRefund.org). On November 21, the Commission concluded that PoliticalRefund.org’s proposed use of contributor data, display of the aggregate number of contributors who have requested refunds, and acceptance of advertising and sponsorship are consistent with the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, (the Act) and Commission regulations. During the discussion, the Commission heard from counsel on behalf of the requestor.
Advisory Opinions Considered
AOR 2013-15 (Conservative Action Fund). On November 21, the Commission considered four drafts responding to an advisory opinion request from the Conservative Action Fund (CAF) but was unable to reach agreement by the required four affirmative votes to issue an advisory opinion. In its request, CAF asked 24 questions related to its receipt and disbursement of Bitcoins. During the discussion, the Commission heard from counsel on behalf of the requestor. The Commission also discussed the possibility of developing an interim policy and commencing a rulemaking to address the issues raised in the advisory opinion request.
AOR 2013-17 (The Tea Party Leadership Fund). On November 21, the Commission considered two drafts responding to an advisory opinion request from the Tea Party Leadership Fund (TPLF), but was unable to reach agreement by the required four affirmative votes to issue an advisory opinion. In its request, TPLF sought an exemption from the Act and Commission regulations requiring reporting to the Commission of contributors to the TPLF and of recipients of TPLF disbursements. During the discussion, the Commission heard from counsel on behalf of the requestor.
The Commission made public four closed cases, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
The Commission made public three campaign finance enforcement matters that were resolved through its Administrative Fines (AF) program, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
AF 2414 – Conway for Senate and R. Wayne Stratton, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $4,950.
AF 2735 – Steve Collett for Congress and Steve Collett, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $2,970.
AF 2737 – Virgin Islands for Plaskett and Marvin L. Pickering, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $250.
Final Audit Report on the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee – Fed Fund. On November 18, the Commission made public the Final Audit Report of the Commission on the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee – Fed Fund, covering campaign finance activity between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010. The Commission discovered no material non-compliance.
Libertarian National Committee, Inc. v. FEC (Case 13-5094). On November 21, the appellant filed a Reply in Opposition to Commission's Motion for Summary Affirmance in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS
November 20: November Monthly Reports were due. For information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2013 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.
The Commission posted the filing deadlines for the Special Election in Alabama’s first Congressional District. For information on reporting dates for this election, refer to the Special Election Report Notice.
RULEMAKINGS AND AGENCY OPERATIONS
Draft Interpretive Rule Regarding the Date of Political Party Nominations of Candidates for Special Primary Elections in New York. On November 21, the Commission introduced a draft interpretive rule that would clarify the Commission’s interpretation of its rules for determining the date of a special primary election as those rules apply to nominations conducted under New York Election Law, which vests special election nominating authority in the party committees. The Commission directed the Office of General Counsel to make the draft public for solicitation of public comment before a future vote by the Commission.
UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS
December 3: The Commission is scheduled to hold an executive session.
December 5: The Commission is scheduled to hold an open meeting.
UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES
December 20: December Monthly Reports are due. For information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2013 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.
January 31, 2014: Year-end Reports are due. For more information on reporting dates, refer to the 2013 Reporting Dates page of the FEC 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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