On June 3, 2014, the Federal Election Commission cited a campaign committee today for failing to file the 12-Day Pre-Convention Election Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), for a Virginia convention that is being held on June 7, 2014.
As of June 2, 2014, the required disclosure report had not been received from:
- Tony DeTora for Senate (VA)
The report was due on May 26, 2014, and should have included financial activity for the period April 1, 2014, through May 18, 2014. If sent by certified or registered mail, the report should have been postmarked by May 23, 2014.
The Commission notified committees involved in the Virginia Republican Party Senate Convention of their potential filing requirements on May 2, 2014. Those committees that did not file on the due date were sent notification on May 27, 2014 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.