WASHINGTON – At its open meeting today, the Federal Election Commission approved an advisory opinion.
Advisory Opinion 2023-11 (VoteDown PAC) The Commission approved an advisory opinion, subject to technical edits made at the table, in response to a request from VoteDown PAC. The requestor asked whether, after using polling or fundraising data to identify “leading opponents” of candidates and incumbent officeholders, it may earmark and forward contributions to such leading opponents or, in the alternative, to national party committees. The Commission concluded that neither the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), nor Commission regulations prohibit the proposed activities as described in four of the five questions posed in the request but that the requestor must report any funds it receives to offset the cost of credit-card processing fees as contributions to the requestor.
Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum on the Madison Project, Inc. The Commission held over the Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum until a future meeting.
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.###