WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission cited six campaign committees today 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 May 19, 2020 in Idaho and Oregon.
As of May 15, 2020, the required disclosure report had not been received from:
- Ray J Writz for US Senate (ID)*
- Jim Vandermaas for Idaho (ID)
- Angela Roman for Oregon (OR-05)
- Jeff Smith for Congress (OR-02)
- Livingston 4 Congress (OR-02)
- HeckerforCongress (OR-03)
The pre-primary report was due on May 7, 2020, and should have included financial activity for the period April 1, 2020, through April 29, 2020. If sent by certified or registered mail, the report should have been postmarked by May 4, 2020.
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.
The Commission notified committees involved in these primary elections of their potential filing requirements on April 16, 2020. Those committees that did not file by the due date were sent notification on May 8, 2020, that their reports had not been received and that their names would be published if they did not respond within four business days.
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.
*This committee has previously filed its reports on paper. Since the Federal Election Commission has suspended its mail operations in an effort to limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is currently not processing any documents or report submitted on paper, it is possible this report has been filed on paper. Reports sent by registered mail, overnight delivery, or certified mail, are considered filed with the FEC as of the date of the postmark.
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.###