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For Immediate Release
Contact:
Judith Ingram
January 31, 2014   Christian Hilland
    Julia Queen
     
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Weekly Digest

Week of January 27 - 31

COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

On January 28, the Commission held an executive session.

On January 30, the Commission held an open meeting. Click here for agendas and related documents for open meetings. Click here for audio recordings for selected meetings, hearings and presentations.

ADVISORY OPINIONS

Extension of Time Received

AOR 2013-18 (Revolution Messaging, LLC). On January 27, the Commission received an Extension of Time through February 28, 2014 on Advisory Opinion Request 2013-18 from Revolution Messaging. The requestor asks whether the proposed mobile phone banner advertisements are exempt from the disclaimer requirement of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended.

AUDITS

Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum on the Dallas County Republican Party. On January 30, the Commission approved the Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum on the Dallas County 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 and recordkeeping for employees. The Audit Division will prepare the Proposed Final Audit Report within 30 days.

Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum on the Republican Party of Iowa. On January 30, the Commission approved the Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum on the Republican Party of Iowa, covering campaign finance activity between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010. The Commission approved findings related to recordkeeping for employees and the failure to itemize debts and obligations. The Commission directed the Audit Division to include in the Proposed Final Audit Report an Additional Issues section addressing payroll for certain non-federal activity. The Audit Division will prepare the Proposed Final Audit Report within 30 days.

LITIGATION

Combat Veterans for Congress PAC v. FEC (Case 13-5358). On January 27, the Commission filed its Motion for Summary Affirmance in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Public Citizen, et al. v. FEC (Case 1:14-cv-00148). On January 31, plaintiffs filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The lawsuit challenges the Commission’s dismissal of a complaint against Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies (MUR 6396).

OUTREACH

On January 27, Communications Specialists Dorothy Yeager and Kathy Carothers spoke to the Association of Government Relations Professionals as part of the organization's PAC and campaign finance training program.

On January 29, Chairman Lee Goodman discussed the role of the Commission with a group of political and governmental leaders from Colombia as part of the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. 

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS

January 31: Year-End Reports are due. For more information on reporting dates, refer to the 2013 Reporting Dates page of the Commission website.

PRESS RELEASES

FEC Approves Two Audit Division Recommendation Memorandums (issued January 30)

UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS

February 4: The Commission is scheduled to hold an executive session.

February 6: The open meeting scheduled for February 6 has been canceled.

UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

February 11-12, 2014, Tampa, Florida, 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

February 20: February Monthly Reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2014 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.

OTHER RESOURCES

The 2013 Legislative Recommendations are available on the Commission’s website.

 The August 2013 edition of the Federal Election Commission Campaign Guide for Political Party Committees is available on the Commission’s 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.

The 2014 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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