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  • Press Release

FEC approves advisory opinion

July 26, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Commission yesterday approved by tally vote Advisory Opinion 2022-07 in response to a request from Congressman Eric Swalwell and Swalwell for Congress, his principal campaign committee. The Commission concluded that Congressman Swalwell may use campaign funds to pay overnight childcare expenses that he will incur when he travels for his own campaign and his spouse is not available to care for their children. The Commission did not approve a response by the required four affirmative votes as to whether Congressman Swalwell may use campaign funds to pay childcare expenses incurred when he travels for other campaigns or at the request of foreign governments or other entities.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Established in 1975, the FEC is composed of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.