The Federal Election Commission has cited two 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 Tennessee’s primary election that is being held on August 4, 2016.
As of August 1, 2016, the required 12-Day Pre-Primary disclosure report had not been received from:
- Maldonado for Congress, Inc (TN-08)
- Persley for Congress (TN-04)
The pre-primary report for Tennessee was due on July 23, 2016, and should have included financial activity for the period July 1, 2016, through July 15, 2016. If sent by certified or registered mail, the report should have been postmarked by July 20, 2016. The Commission notified committees involved in Tennessee’s primary election of their potential filing requirements on June 29, 2016. Those committees that did not file by the due date were sent notification on July 25, 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.