The Federal Election Commission has cited eight campaign committees for failing to file the October Quarterly report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act).
As of October 27, 2016, the required disclosure report had not been received from:
- Committee to Elect Michael Cole District 14 (TX-14)
- Committee to Elect Timmy Westley (TX-15)
- Derickson K for Congress (NY-16)
- Friends of Lenny McAllister (PA-14)
- Scott L. Fenstermaker (NY-13)
- HEROJSLC2016 (AZ)
- Lily for US Senate (CO)
- Machat for Senate Campaign Committee (FL)
The October Quarterly report was due on October 15, 2016, and should have included financial activity through September 30. The Commission notified committees of their quarterly filing requirements on September 21, 2016. Those committees that did not file by the due date were sent notification on October 21, 2016, that their reports had not been received and that their names would be published if they did not respond within four business days.
Some individuals and their committees have no obligation to file reports under federal campaign finance law, even though their names may appear on state ballots. If an individual raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not considered a "candidate" subject to reporting under the Act.
Other political committees that support Senate and House candidates in elections, but are not authorized units of a candidate''s campaign, are also required to file quarterly reports, unless they report monthly. Those committee names are not published by the FEC.
Further Commission action against non-filers and late filers is decided on a case-by-case basis. Federal law gives the FEC broad authority to initiate enforcement actions, and the FEC has implemented an Administrative Fine program with provisions for assessing monetary penalties.