On May 30, 2014, the Federal Election Commission cited five campaign committees for failing to file their 12-Day Pre-Primary Election Reports required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), for primary elections being held on June 3, 2014.
As of May 30, 2014, the required disclosure report had not been received from:
- Committee to Elect Ron Kabat (CA-20)
- LeFlore for Congress (AL-01)
- Friends of Stace Nelson (SD)
- Veronica for Congress (CA-41)
- Kmiec Congress 2014 (CA-26)
The reports were due on May 22, 2014, and should have included financial activity for the period of April 1, 2014 through May 14, 2014.
The Commission notified committees involved in primary election of their potential filing requirements on April 28, 2014. Those committees that did not file on the due date were sent notification on May 23, 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.