Commission meetings and hearings
No open meetings or executive sessions were scheduled this week.
Advisory Opinion Request 2021-09 (Certified Voter, LLC) On August 16, the Commission made public Advisory Opinion Request 2021-09. The requestor, Certified Voter, LLC, intends to sell services to political committees whereby it creates customized “sponsored” versions of the committees’ own political advertisements. As proposed in the request, a contributor would make a contribution directly to a political committee and would ask to be identified as the “sponsor” of an ad already created by the political committee. The requestor would then create a brief message to be appended to the ad, including the sponsor’s name and hometown. The requestor would create, store, and provide the sponsored ads to the client political committee; the political committee would decide where to run the advertisement. The requestor asks whether the provision of these services to political committees for a commercially reasonable fee is permissible under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), and Commission regulations. The Commission will accept written comments on the request during the 10-day period following publication of the request (no later than August 26, 2021) and must issue a response no later than 60 days after the receipt of the complete request, that is, by October 15, 2021.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Commission made public two closed cases, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
RESPONDENT: International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Campaign Assistance Fund and William T. Creeden, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of exercising its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether there was reason to believe that the Committee failed to disclose $159,492.93 in additional receipts on its original 2020 August Monthly Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to pay a civil penalty of $5,140.
RESPONDENT: American Freedom Fund and Bill Jones, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of exercising its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether there was reason to believe that the Committee failed to file a 48-Hour Report totaling $50,000 to support one independent expenditure disclosed on its 2020 12-Day Pre-General 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, and 2) pay a civil penalty of $2,500.
The Commission made public four closed cases, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Administrative Fine search system.
AF 3850 JFK Organizers and Andy Tarradath, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $696.
AF 3851 Tomas for Congress and John Campos, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,252.
AF 3917 Bill Engelbrecht for Congress and Charles William (Bill) Engelbrecht, in their official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,947.
AF 3918 Reba for Congress and Bryon Fredrick McComb, in their official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $14,791.
On August 17 and 18, the Commission hosted a virtual conference online via Zoom. During the conference, Chair Shana M. Broussard and Commissioner James E. “Trey” Trainor III participated in two panels on Recent Developments in Campaign Finance Law.
Upcoming Commission meetings
August 31, 2021: The Commission is scheduled to meet in executive session.
September 2, 2021: The Commission is scheduled to hold an open meeting.
Upcoming reporting due dates
August 20: August Monthly Reports are due. For more information, see the 2021 Monthly Reporting schedule.
Status of agency operations
See the Commission’s statement on the status of agency operations, updated on April 15, 2021. At this stage, most agency staff remain in telework status and the Commission’s office remains closed to visitors. See also the agency’s Workplace Safety Plan, dated May 6, 2021.
Additional research materials
2020 Presidential General Election Results and Federal Elections 2018: Election Results for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are available. The data was compiled from the official vote totals published by state election offices.
Additional research materials about the agency, campaign finance information, and election results are available through the Library section of the Commission website.
The 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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