WASHINGTON – At its open meeting today, the Federal Election Commission approved a proposed directive concerning investigations and discussed an advisory opinion request. Prior to the meeting, the Commission approved a Proposed Final Audit Report.
Proposed Directive Regarding Investigations Conducted by the Office of General Counsel The Commission approved a directive that will require the Office of General Counsel to provide the Commission with a proposed investigation plan in matters where the Commission finds reason to believe for the Commission’s approval. The Investigation Plan would be required to lay out the proposed scope and conduct of the anticipated investigation and, upon approval, would govern the conduct of the investigation, subject to modification in light of new information or changed circumstances. Commissioners Allen J. Dickerson and James E. “Trey” Trainor, III and Commissioner Shana M. Broussard issued Statements.
Advisory Opinion Request 2023-6 (Texas Majority PAC) The Commission discussed and held over further consideration of an advisory opinion request from Texas Majority PAC. The requestor asks whether the costs associated with a paid canvass are contributions to any federal candidate or political party committee that is referenced in the canvassing materials. The Commission received four comments on the draft advisory opinions and six ex parte communications regarding the request. During the discussion, the Commission heard from Counsel for the requestor.
Proposed Final Audit Report on Steve Daines for Montana On Wednesday, the Commission approved on tally vote a Proposed Final Audit Report on Steve Daines for Montana, covering campaign finance activity from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020. The Commission approved findings related to disclosure of debts and obligations and disclosure of receipts. The Commission did not approve by the required four affirmative votes a proposed finding related to receipt of contributions in excess of the limit. The proposed finding will be placed in the Additional Issue section of the Final Audit Report of the Commission.
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.###