WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission cited eight 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 August 18, 2020 in Florida.
As of August 14, 2020, the required disclosure report had not been received from:
- Friends to Elect Lateresa A Jones (FL-20)
- Sheila Cherfilus McCormick for Congress, Inc (FL-20)
- Ortiz for Congress Committee Inc (FL-09)
- Albert Chester for Congress (FL-05)
- Sakinah for Congress (FL-24)
- Reba for Congress (FL-21)
- Bill Engelbrecht for Congress (FL-03)
- Willie Montague for Congress 2020 (FL-10)
The pre-primary report was due on August 6, 2020, and should have included financial activity for the period July 1, 2020, through July 29, 2020. If sent by certified or registered mail, the report should have been postmarked by August 3, 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 July 17, 2020. Those committees that did not file by the due date were sent notification on August 7, 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.
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.###