The Commission has cited three campaign committees for failing to file required pre-election reports for the June 14 primaries in Nevada and South Carolina.
As of June 9, 2016, the Commission had not received a 12-Day Pre-Primary Report from:
- Annette Teijeiro for Congress (NV-03)
- Cherny for Congress (SC-01)
- Bobby Mahendra for Senate (NV)
The pre-primary report was due on June 2, 2016, and should have included financial activity for the period April 1, 2016, through May 25, 2016. If sent by certified or registered mail, the report should have been postmarked by May 30, 2016.
The Commission notified committees involved in these primary elections of their potential filing requirements on May 9, 2016. Those committees that did not file by the due date were sent notification on June 3, 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.