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  • Weekly Digests

Week of August 10-14, 2020

August 14, 2020

Commission meetings and hearings

No open meetings or executive sessions were scheduled this week.

Advisory Opinions

Request Closed

Advisory Opinion Request 2020-03 (McCutcheon for Freedom). On August 10, the Commission sent a closeout letter to the requestor as the Commission currently lacks a quorum of four Commissioners to take action on advisory opinion requests.

Enforcement

The Commission made public 10 closed cases, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

MURs 7011 & 7092

COMPLAINANTS: Marc E. Elias and Ezra W. Reese, as counsel for Hillary for America, Inc.; and Seth Ryan Gunning
RESPONDENTS: HC4President and Kyle Prall, in his official capacity as treasurer (HC4P); Socially Responsible Government (f/k/a Feel B.E.R.N.) and Grace Rogers, in her official capacity as treasurer (SRG); Kyle Prall; Joseph F. Centrich, Esq.; Johan Garcia; DMF Marketing Solutions, LLC LCGM, LLC; and NHT Productions, LLC
SUBJECT: The complaints in these matters alleged that two unauthorized political committees fraudulently misrepresented that they acted for, or on behalf of, federal candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the purpose of soliciting contributions during the 2016 presidential campaign. The complaint in MUR 7011 was filed by Clinton’s principal campaign committee, Hillary For America (HFA), and alleged that HC4P fraudulently misrepresented itself as acting on behalf of HFA or Clinton for the purposes of soliciting contributions through its website. The complaint in MUR 7092 alleged that SRG fraudulently misrepresented itself as acting on behalf of Sanders for the purpose of soliciting contributions through its website (www.feelbern.org), and also that Prall, as PAC CEO, as well as numerous vendors who received disbursements from SRG, violated the Act by converting committee funds to personal use.
DISPOSITION: On April 24, 2018, the Commission found reason to believe that HC4P, Prall, and SRG violated the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act) by fraudulently misrepresenting themselves on behalf of Clinton or Sanders for the purpose of soliciting contributions. The Commission found no reason to believe that Prall, Centrich, Garcia, DMF Marketing Solutions, LLC, LCGM, LLC, NHT Productions, LLC, or Upwork Global Inc. violated the Act’s prohibition on converting campaign funds of a candidate’s authorized committee to personal use. In 2019, Prall was indicted by a federal grand jury and ultimately pled guilty to one count of mail fraud, admitting that he “knowingly devised and intended to devise” “to obtain money by means of material false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises” by soliciting “contributions from the public for multiple political committees.” Prall’s criminal conviction and sentence have resulted in a requirement that he provide restitution to HC4P and SRG donors and a prison sentence. On June 25, 2020, the Commission voted to take no further action against HC4P, SRG, and Prall in his personal capacity, and issued admonishment letters. The Commission further directed the Reports Analysis Division to administratively terminate both HC4P and SRG and close the file.

MUR 7589

COMPLAINANT: Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust
RESPONDENTS: Dean Phillips for Congress and Terri Huml, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that the Committee failed to display a disclaimer on every page of its website and that the disclaimers on two webpages were not “clear and conspicuous,” as required by Commission regulations.
DISPOSITION: The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the matter in consideration of Commission priorities. The Commission observed that the alleged violation was technical in nature and that the public likely would not have been misled as to the party responsible for the website.

MUR 7608

COMPLAINANT: Jordan W. Fetzer
RESPONDENTS: Marc Friedenberg; and Friends of Marc Friedenberg and Sean Miller, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that Friedenberg and the Committee failed to properly report receipts and disbursements on disclosure reports filed in the 2017-18 cycle and in the 2019 April Quarterly Report. Friedenberg was a candidate in the 2019 special election for Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District.
DISPOSITION: The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the matter in consideration of Commission priorities. The Commission observed that the Committee took remedial actions and that the dollar amount at issue was low.

MUR 7619

COMPLAINANT: Cris Ericson
RESPONDENTS: Vermont ETV, Inc. d/b/a Vermont Public Broadcasting System (Vermont PBS)
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that Vermont PBS excluded the complainant, a 2018 candidate for Vermont’s At-Large Congressional District, from its candidate debates because she was an independent, and by doing so, made an impermissible in-kind contribution to the Democratic and Republican Party candidates.
DISPOSITION: The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the matter in consideration of Commission priorities.

MUR 7633

COMPLAINANT: Ivan Assenov
RESPONDENTS: Tom Norton for Congress and Jeff Fuss, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that the former campaign manager for the Committee and other vendors issued invoices to the campaign, totaling $16,574.88, that were not paid and not included in reports filed with the Commission. Norton is a 2020 candidate for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.
DISPOSITION: The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the complaint in consideration of Commission priorities. The Commission observed that the dollar amount at issue was low.

MUR 7655

COMPLAINANT: Christopher Paris
RESPONDENTS: Daryl Guberman and Don LaBelle
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that Guberman failed to register as a candidate with the Commission for the 2016 Senate race in Connecticut. The complaint further alleged that LaBelle, through his press release distribution company, made in-kind contributions to Guberman’s campaign by preparing and distributing free press releases and registering multiple websites benefitting Guberman.
DISPOSITION: The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the complaint in consideration of Commission priorities. The Commission observed that the dollar amount at issue was low.

MUR 7659

COMPLAINANT: William B. Boney
RESPONDENT: Joshua Foxworth for Congress and Joshua Foxworth, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that the Committee distributed a campaign flyer supporting Foxworth but failed to include a required disclaimer. The complaint further alleged that Foxworth’s campaign website did not contain a disclaimer. Foxworth is a 2020 candidate for the 14th Congressional District of Texas.
DISPOSITION: The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the complaint in consideration of Commission priorities. The Commission observed that the Committee took quick remedial efforts and that the website now includes a disclaimer.

MUR 7676

COMPLAINANT: Christopher Watson
RESPONDENTS: Michelle Fischbach; and Fischbach for Congress and Paul Kilgore, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that the Committee distributed via email two fundraising letters that lacked a complete box around the disclaimers.
DISPOSITION: The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the matter in consideration of Commission priorities. The Commission observed that the alleged violation was technical in nature and that recipients would likely understand that the Committee was responsible for the emails.

MUR 7703

COMPLAINANT: Joanna Opela
RESPONDENTS: Committee to Elect Lawrence Dale and Lawrence Dale, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that 1) the Committee improperly filed its Statement of Organization and failed to file a 2019 Year-End disclosure report, 2) Dale failed to file a Statement of Candidacy, 3) the Committee included inadequate disclaimers on social media posts, and 4) that Dale is not a Wisconsin resident and therefore was ineligible to be on the ballot. Dale was a 2020 Special Election primary candidate for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District.
DISPOSITION: The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the matter in consideration of Commission priorities. The Commission observed that the amount of financial activity at issue was likely small.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Commission made public 16 closed cases, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

ADRs 923 & 934

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Oklahoma Democratic Party and Rachael Hunsucker, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee had misstated receipts and disbursements during the 2015-2016 election cycle, did not maintain monthly payroll logs or equivalent records to document the percentage of time each employee spent in connection with a federal election for calendar years 2015 and 2016; and committed a series of reporting errors during the 2017-2018 election cycle including mathematical discrepancies, failure to provide supporting schedules, and failure to properly itemize disbursements, Federal Election Activity/Levin Funds, and allocated federal and non-federal activity during the 2017-2018 election cycle.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) complete an FEC-approved training program, 2) develop and certify a process to track receipt of, and response to, communications with the Commission, and 3) pay a civil penalty of $19,450.

ADR 933

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: New Jersey Republican State Committee and April Bengivenga, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee committed a series of reporting errors and other violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), during the 2017-2018 election cycle, including mathematical discrepancies, failure to properly itemize disbursements, Federal Election Activity/Levin Funds, and allocated federal/nonfederal activity.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) complete an FEC-approved training program, 2) redevelop and recertify a process to track receipt of, and response to, communications with the Commission, and 3) pay a civil penalty of $5,030.

ADR 938

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Massachusetts Democratic State Committee and Paul Yorkis, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee committed a series of reporting errors and other violations of the Act during the 2017-2018 election cycle, including excessive, prohibited, and other impermissible contributions, mathematical discrepancies, Federal Election Activity/Levin Funds, and allocated federal/nonfederal activity.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) complete an FEC-approved training program, 2) develop and certify implementation of a process to track receipt of, and response to, communications with the Commission, and 3) pay a civil penalty of $5,550.

ADR 939

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Association for Firefighters PAC DBA Association for Firefighters and Michael Kahn, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee committed a series of reporting errors and other violations of the Act during the 2017-2018 election cycle, including failure to file reports and late filing, mathematical discrepancies, and failure to provide supporting schedules.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) participate in an FEC training program, 2) develop and certify implementation of a process to track receipt of, and response to, communications with the Commission, and 3) pay a civil penalty of $3,850.

ADR 944

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: One Nation United and Desiree Crevecoeur-Macphail, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee committed a series of reporting errors and other violations of the Act during the 2017-2018 election cycle, including failure to file reports and late filing, failure to provide supporting schedules, and independent expenditure reporting problems.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) participate in an FEC training program, 2) develop and certify implementation of a compliance operations manual, which includes procedures for disclosing independent expenditures, 3) perform an annual internal audit and reconciliation for two years, and 4) pay a civil penalty of $21,675.

ADR 946

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Utah State Democratic Committee and Sheila Srivastava, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee committed a series of reporting errors and other violations of the Act during the 2017-2018 election cycle, including excessive, prohibited and other impermissible contributions and transfers; mathematical discrepancies; failure to provide supporting schedules; failure to properly itemize disbursements; issues with Federal Election Activity/Levin Funds; and issues with allocated federal/nonfederal activity. Additionally, the Committee filed an amended 2018 February Monthly Report containing an opening cash-on-hand discrepancy of $51,637.61.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) complete an FEC-approved training program, 2) develop and certify implementation of a process to track receipt of, and response to, communications with the Commission, and 3) pay a civil penalty of $5,310.

ADR 948

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Human Rights Campaign Equality Votes and James Rinefierd, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceeding to determine whether the Committee failed to file two 24-hour reports, totaling $31,350, to support six independent expenditures on its 2018 30-Day Post-General Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) participate in an FEC training program, 2) develop and certify implementation of a compliance operations manual which includes internal controls, and 3) pay a civil penalty of $2,350.

ADR 949

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Bayer U.S. LLC Political Action Committee and Brian Branca, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to disclose all financial activity on its original 2019 April Monthly Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) retain an outside consultant to review its compliance procedures and conduct an on-site training with those responsible for preparing and filing its reports, 2) develop and certify implementation of a compliance operations manual which includes position-by-position standard operating procedures and internal controls, as well as a process to track receipt of, and response to, communications with the Commission, 3) participate in an FEC training program, and 4) pay a civil penalty of $6,250.

ADR 950

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Arizona Republican Party and Bob Lettieri, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to timely remedy $40,042.85 in prohibited and excessive receipts during the 2018 calendar year.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) develop and certify implementation of a process to ensure that contributions are reviewed timely by compliance staff to determine that they are neither excessive nor prohibited, and 2) pay a civil penalty of $3,900.

ADR 951

COMPLAINANT: The Patriots Foundation
RESPONDENT: McCready for Congress and Holly Giarraputo, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that the Committee failed to adequately disclose the purpose of disbursements that it made, failed to report recipients of disbursements, and converted campaign funds to personal use.
DISPOSITION: The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the complaint.

ADR 952

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: CASA in Action PAC and Melissa Guzman, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to timely file ten 24-Hour Reports totaling $112,702.93 to support 232 independent expenditures disclosed on its 2018 30-Day Post-General Report, and whether the committee failed to report additional receipts of $190,500 on its original 2018 30-Day Post-General Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) participate in an FEC training program, 2) develop and certify implementation of a compliance operations manual which includes procedures for disclosing independent expenditures, 3) formalize a process for monthly reconciliation of the Committee bank account to FEC reports, and 4) pay a civil penalty of $13,500.

ADR 953

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Hotel Workers for Stronger Communities (Hotel Workers)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether Hotel Workers failed to timely file four 24-Hour Reports totaling $38,738.35 to support 10 independent expenditures disclosed on its 2018 Year-End Report.
DISPOSITION: Hotel Workers agreed to 1) participate in an FEC training program, 2) develop and certify implementation of a policy document to be provided to external vendors detailing communication procedures to ensure timely and accurate reporting of independent expenditures, and 3) pay a civil penalty of $2,900.

ADR 956

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: It Starts Today and Jonathan Zucker, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to disclose all financial activity on its 2018 October Monthly Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) perform an annual internal audit and reconciliation for two years, providing certification to the Commission each year, 2) develop and certify implementation of a compliance operations manual which includes internal controls, 3) participate in an FEC training program, and 4) pay a civil penalty of $5,450.

ADRs 958 & 959

COMPLAINANT: Self-Initiated
RESPONDENTS: Dixon Slingerland and Youth Policy Institute (YPI)
SUBJECT: The sua sponte complaint alleged that Slingerland, the former CEO of YPI, in 2018 used YPI’s funds without its permission or knowledge to make $15,000 in contributions to federal political committees.
DISPOSITION: The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the complaint.

Administrative Fines

The Commission made public 67 closed cases, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

AF 3536

Reuben for Congress and Breon King, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,200.

AF 3537

Roel Garcia for Congress and Rocio Garcia, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $113.

AF 3538

Roza Calderon for Congress 2018 and Michael Wiliams, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,500.

AF 3539

Sol Flores for Congress and Jennifer May, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $319.

AF 3540

Sullivan for Congress and Joe Smentek, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,200.

AF 3542

Tim Rich for Congress and Timothy A. Rich, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,200.

AF 3543

To Elect Jenny Marshall and Jennifer Marshall, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,200.

AF 3545

Vote Sangari and Joseph Tamraz, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed no civil penalty.

AF 3546

Zach Scott for Congress and Julie Kemp, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $333.

AF 3548

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Political Action Committee and Paul A. Mifsud, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $144.

AF 3549

American Commercial Barge Line PAC and Douglas Brown, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $800.

AF 3550

American Gastroenterological Association Inc. PAC and Francis M. Giardiello MD, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $144.

AF 3551

Common Purpose and David Domke, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,866.

AF 3553

Fund for America’s Future and Thad H. Westbrook, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,866.

AF 3554

Libertarian Party of Florida and John Olivadoti, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,200.

AF 3555

Louisiana Rice Political Action Committee, Inc. and Philip Bertrand, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,200.

AF 3556

National Structured Settlements Trade Association PAC and Eric Vaughn, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,200.

AF 3557

Oklahoma Democratic Party and Rachael Hunsucker, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $7,088.

AF 3558

Utility Workers Union of America COPE and Michael Coleman, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,280.

AF 3559

Billups for Congress and Willie Kailawn Billups, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $667.

AF 3561

Tatiana Matta for Congress and Tatiana Matta, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,200.

AF 3566

Baria for Mississippi and Will Godfrey, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $9,446.

AF 3567

Billups for Congress and Willie Kailawn Billups, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $684.

AF 3568

Dale Kerns for Office and Joseph P. Soloski, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $3,925.

AF 3569

Eric for US and Elizabeth Perez, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,230.

AF 3570

Lake for Congress and Mr. Jesse Nahshon Prater, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,230.

AF 3571

Malarsie House Run 2018 and Terry Blevins, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,647.

AF 3576

ABIOMED Political Action Committee and Daniel J. Sutherby, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,230.

AF 3577

American Air Liquide Holdings Inc PAC and Tamara Saront-Eisner, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $684.

AF 3578

American Benefits Council Political Action Committee and Ralph P. Kass, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $820.

AF 3579

American Pistachio Growers Pistachio Political Action Committee and Robert Lake, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,230.

AF 3580

Americans for the Arts Action Fund PAC and Nina Ozlu Tunceli, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,230.

AF 3581

Blessey Marine Service, Inc. Political Action Committee and Patrick Voss, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $684.

AF 3582

Border Health Federal PAC and Ernie Perez, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,913.

AF 3583

Butler Snow Political Action Committee and Mr. Tommie Cardin, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,230.

AF 3584

Canal Barge Company Inc. PAC (Canal Barge PAC) and William S. Murphy, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $684.

AF 3585

Carolyn’s PAC and Ms Melissa A. Mendez, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,913.

AF 3586

CASA in Action PAC and Melissa Guzman, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,230.

AF 3587

Club for Conservatives and Brooke Pendley, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $820.

AF 3589

Conservative Opportunities for a New America PAC and Mr. William R. Bain, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $5,813.

AF 3590

Eaton Corporation Public Policy Association and David A. Johnson, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $820.

AF 3591

Emgage Federal Political Action Committee and Amin Mitha, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $684.

AF 3592

Jewelers of America, Inc. Political Action Committee (JAPAC) and David J. Bonaparte, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,230.

AF 3593

Keystone Alliance Political Action Committee and Robert Asher, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,537.

AF 3594

Livestock Marketing Association Political Action Committee and Chelsea Kay Good, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $684.

AF 3595

Lockton Inc Polictical Action Committee [sic] and Henry Bond, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $684.

AF 3596

Maintaining All Republicans in Office PAC and Rosemary Canals, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,230.

AF 3597

Management and Training Corporation Political Action Committee and Daniel B. Marquardt, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,913.

AF 3599

National Emergency Medicine Political Action Committee/American College of Emergency Physicians and Mrs. Layla Powers, MBA, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $8,719.

AF 3600

National Star Route Mail Contractors Association Political Action Committee and John V. Maraney, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $579.

AF 3601

National Turkey Federation Political Action Committee/TURPAC and Joel Brandenberger, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $820.

AF 3602

New Nation Rising and Olufemi Ogunnaike, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $15,987.

AF 3603

North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Inc Pol Act Cmte Inc (aka) NC Farm Bureau FARMPAC and Phillip Jacob Parker Jr., in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $820.

AF 3604

Novocure Inc. PAC and Todd Longsworth, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $820.

AF 3605

OhioHealth Star Corporation Political Action Committee DBA OhioHealthPAC and Karen J. Morrison, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,230.

AF 3606

Pipefitters Local #533 Volunteer Political Fund and Charles J. Roseburrough, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,913.

AF 3607

Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ Action Committee and Kevin Sexton, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,230.

AF 3608

Renewable Energy Group Inc Political Action Committee (REG PAC) and Anthony Hulen, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,230.

AF 3609

Seaboard Corporation Political Action Committee and David Dannov, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $684.

AF 3610

Snack Food Association Political Action Committee (SNACKPAC) and Jessica Hixson, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $684.

AF 3611

Southeast Cotton Committee (SECC) Southern Cottongrowers Inc/SE Cotton Ginners Assn. and David Ruppenicker, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $684.

AF 3612

Supporting Conservatives of Today and Tomorrow (SCOTT PAC) and Steven Joseph Ysais, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $820.

AF 3613

Textile Rental Services Association of America Political Action Committee (TRSAPAC) and Thomas Newell, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $7,267.

AF 3614

U.S.-Cuba Democracy Political Action Committee and Mr. Gus Machado, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $684.

AF 3615

United Brotherhood of Carpenters/Joiners of America New England Reg Carpenters Legis Emp Cmte and Stephen Joyce, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,230.

AF 3616

United Mine Workers of America Power PAC and Levi Allen, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $8,719.

AF 3617

Western Growers Political Action Committee and Ashlee N. Titus, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $684.

Litigation

FEC v. Rivera (Case No. 17-22643) On August 10, Defendant filed a Motion for Summary Judgment and Memorandum of Law and the Commission filed a Motion for Summary Judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Ted Cruz for Senate, et al. v. FEC (Case No. 19-908) On August 11, Plaintiffs filed a Combined Reply in Support of Their Motion for Summary Judgment and Opposition to Defendants’ Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment.

The Patriots Foundation v. FEC (Case 20-02229). On August 13, Plaintiffs filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Upcoming Commission meetings

August 18, 2020: The Commission is scheduled to meet in executive session.

Upcoming reporting due dates

August 20: August Monthly reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2020 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.

Upcoming educational programs

September 1 or 2, 2020: The Commission will host Independent Expenditure and Pre-Election Communication webinars.

Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

Updated election dates

For the latest reporting updates, please visit the Commission’s Dates and deadlines web page.

Status of agency operations

See the Commission’s statement on the status of agency operations, updated on August 10, 2020. At this stage, most agency staff remain in telework status and the Commission’s office remains closed to visitors.

Additional research materials

Contribution Limits. In addition to the current limits, the Commission has posted an archive of contribution limits that were in effect going back to the 1975-1976 election cycles.

Federal Elections 2018: Election Results for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives is available. The data was compiled from the official vote totals published by state election offices.

FEC Notify: Want to be notified by email when campaign finance reports are received by the agency? Sign up here.

Additional research materials about the agency, campaign finance information, and election results are available through the Library section of the Commission website.

The 2019 Combined Federal State Disclosure and Election Directory is available. This publication identifies the federal and state agencies responsible for the disclosure of campaign finances, lobbying, personal finances, public financing, candidates on the ballot, election results, spending on state initiatives and other financial filings.

The FEC Record is available as a continuously updated online news source.

Other election-related resources

Videos on protecting U.S. elections. The FBI’s Protected Voices initiative provides videos designed to help political campaigns protect themselves from foreign influence. The 2019 videos offer guidance on ransomware, business email compromise, supply chain, social media literacy, and foreign influence operations. Other videos, released in 2018, include cyber hygiene topics such as social engineering, patching, router hardening, and app and browser safety.

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Follow @FEC on Twitter to receive the latest information on agency updates, news releases, and weekly activity. Subscribe to our YouTube channel, FECTube: FECConnect on Demand, to watch instructional videos that have been designed to help candidates and committees comply with federal campaign finance laws. Note that the FEC is not currently available through other social media platforms at this time. The use of the agency’s logo, name, and likeness on other media has not been authorized by the FEC.

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