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For Immediate Release
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Judith Ingram
March 28, 2014   Christian Hilland
    Julia Queen
     
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Weekly Digest

Week of March 24 – 28

 

COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

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

ADVISORY OPINIONS

Drafts

AO 2014-01 (Solano County United Democratic Central Committee). On March 27, the Commission made public a draft  of Advisory Opinion 2014-01 in response to a request from the Solano County Democratic Central Committee. On March 28, the Commission made public a supplement from the requestor. The requestor asked whether it may use unreported funds remaining in the federal account of its predecessor committee.

Extension of Time Received

AOR 2014-02 (Make Your Laws PAC). On March 27, the Commission received an Extension of Time until May 9, 2014 to respond to a request from Make Your Laws PAC (MYL PAC). MYL PAC asked several questions related to its receipt, purchase, and disbursement of Bitcoins.

ENFORCEMENT

The Commission made public one Supplemental Statement of Reasons and one Statement of Reasons, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

MUR 6396 – Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies. On March 25, Chairman Lee E. Goodman and Commissioners Caroline C. Hunter and Matthew S. Petersen issued a Supplemental Statement of Reasons.

MUR 6684 – Gregg for Indiana; and John Gregg. On March 26, Chairman Lee E. Goodman issued a Statement of Reasons.

ADMINISTRATIVE FINES

The Commission made public one campaign finance enforcement matter that was resolved through its Administrative Fines (AF) program, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

AF 2514 – Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans for Congress PAC and Christopher Covucci, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,020.

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 663 – CF Industries, Inc. Employees’ Good Government Fund and Renee Cardella, in her official capacity as treasurer. The respondent agreed to (1) send a representative to an FEC conference and (2) pay a civil penalty of $2,100.

LITIGATION

Combat Veterans for Congress PAC v. FEC (Case 13-5358). On March 25, the Commission filed its Reply in Support of Its Motion for Summary Affirmance in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Kuhn for Congress v. FEC (Case 2:13-cv-03337-PMD-BHH). On March 28, the Commission filed its Motion to Dismiss and Memorandum in Support of Its Motion to Dismiss in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Libertarian National Committee, Inc. v. FEC (Case 13-5088). On March 26, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a Per Curiam Order dismissing the case.

OUTREACH

On March 27, Communications Specialist Myles Martin discussed the role and work of the Commission with a delegation of young leaders from Africa as part of the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. 

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE

The Commission has added the FECA and Legislative Histories for 1971, 1974, 1976 and 1979 to its website.

FEDERAL REGISTER

On March 26, the Commission published the Final Rules and E&J for Technical Amendments to 2013 CFR in the Federal Register. 

UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS

April 1: The Commission is scheduled to hold an executive session.

April 3: The Commission is scheduled to hold an open meeting.

UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES

April 15: April Quarterly Reports are due. For information on quarterly reporting dates, refer to the 2014 Quarterly Reporting page of the Commission website.

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

UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

April 2, Federal Election Commission, Washington, D.C. Webinar: FECFile for PACs and Party Committees. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

April 2, Federal Election Commission, Washington, D.C. Webinar: FECFile for Candidate Committees. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

April 30, Federal Election Commission, Washington, D.C. Seminar/Webinar for Corporations and their PACs. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

May 21, Federal Election Commission, Washington, D.C. Seminar/Webinar for Trade Associations, Labor Organizations, Membership Organizations and their PACs. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

OTHER RESOURCES

The 2014 edition of Title 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations can be downloaded from the website.

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.

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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