At its open meeting of December 1, 2016, the Commission unanimously approved 13 legislative recommendations to send to Congress for consideration.
The legislative recommendations approved by the Commission are:
- Electronic filing of Senate reports;
- Electronic filing of electioneering communication reports;
- Authority to create Senior Executive Service positions;
- Fraudulent misrepresentation of campaign authority;
- Make permanent the administrative fine program for reporting violations;
- Increase and index for inflation certain registration and reporting thresholds;
- Authority to accept gifts;
- Conversion of campaign funds;
- Permitting political committees to make disbursements by methods other than by check;
- Increasing the in-home event exemption and unreimbursed travel expense exemption for candidates and political parties;
- Prohibiting fraudulent PAC practices;
- Update citations to reflect the recodification of the Federal Election Campaign Act;
- Repeal of convention funding provisions rendered non-operational by the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act.
The current administrative fine program only covers violations that relate to reporting periods through December 31, 2018. Congress has approved several extensions of the program since first enacting it in 2000.