The Federal Election Commission has cited four campaign committees for failing to file the 12-Day Pre-Primary Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), for primary elections being held on August 16, 2016, in Alaska and Wyoming.
As of August 11, 2016, the required 12-Day Pre-Primary disclosure report had not been received from:
- Bob Lochner for US Senate (AK)
- Darin Smith for Wyoming (WY)
- Cean Stevens for US Senate (AK)
- Rammell for Wyoming (WY)
The pre-primary report was due on August 4, 2016, and should have included financial activity for the period July 1 through July 27. If sent by certified or registered mail, the report should have been postmarked by August 1. The Commission notified committees involved in the primary elections of their potential filing requirements on July 11, 2016. Those committees that did not file by the due date were sent notification on August 5, 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.