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Legislation

This page provides access to federal campaign finance legislation, including Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) amendments and legislative recommendations.

Selected amendments to FECA

The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 

  • H.R. 83, Pub. Law. No. 113-483

  • Revised 52 U.S.C. §30116 (formerly 2 U.S.C. §441a(a)) to enable national party committees to establish accounts to defray certain expenses incurred with respect to Presidential nominating conventions, election recounts and other legal proceedings, and headquarters buildings.


The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 

  • H.R. 2019, Pub. Law No. 113-94
  • Revised 26 U.S.C. §9008 to eliminate taxpayer financing of political party conventions and reprogram savings to provide for a 10-year pediatric research initiative.


H.R. 3487, Pub. Law No. 113-72

  • Revised 2 U.S.C. §434 (now 52 U.S.C. §30104) to extend through 2018 the authority of the FEC to impose civil monetary penalties on the basis of a schedule of penalties established and published by the Commission, to expand such authority to certain other violations and for other purposes.


H.R. 6296, Pub. Law No. 110-433

  • Revised 2 U.S.C. §434 (now 52 U.S.C. §30104) to extend the sunset date of the administrative fines program to include reporting periods that begin on or after January 1, 2000 and that end on or before December 31, 2013.


Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (HLOGA)

HLOGA includes two major provisions for political committees:


Section 721 of the 2006 Appropriations Act

  • Pub. Law No. 109-115
  • Revised 2 U.S.C. §434 to extend the sunset date of the Administrative Fine Program to include most reports that cover activity between July 14, 2000 and December 31, 2008.

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005

  • Pub. Law No. 108-447, signed into law December 8, 2004
  • Contains revisions to 2 U.S.C. §432(e)(3)(B) (now 52 U.S.C. §30101(e)(3)(B)), contained in Division H, Title V, Sec. 525 of H.R. 4818, concerning contributions made by a federal campaign to another federal campaign.
  • Contains revisions to 2 U.S.C. §439a(a) (now 52 U.S.C. §30114(a)), contained in Division H, Title V, Sec. 532 of H.R. 4818, concerning the use of campaign funds.


Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA)

This campaign finance legislation, enacted in 2002, is often referred to as the McCain-Feingold law. BCRA includes several provisions designed to end the use of nonfederal, or "soft money" (money raised outside the limits and prohibitions of federal campaign finance law) for activity affecting federal elections.

Legislative recommendations

Archive of legislative recommendations

The Commission did not submit legislative recommendations in 2006, 2008 or 2010.