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Week of December 9 – 13, 2019

December 13, 2019

Commission meetings and hearings

On December 11, the Commission met in executive session.

Advisory Opinions

Request Received

Advisory Opinion Request 2019-18 (IDF International Technologies, Inc.)

On December 9, 2019, the Commission made public Advisory Opinion Request 2019-18. The requestor, IDF International Technologies, Inc., asks a number of questions relating to advertising for the online political discussion forum it operates. The Commission will accept written comments on the request during the 10-day period following publication of the request (no later than December 19, 2019) and must issue a response no later than 60 days after the receipt of the complete request, that is, by February 7, 2020. The requestor has, however, granted the Commission an extension of time to issue its response to 30 days following the date that the Commission holds its first open meeting at which a quorum of at least four Commissioners is present.

Litigation

CREW, et al. v. FEC (Case No. 19-1650) On December 6, the parties filed a Voluntary Dismissal of Action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Giffords v. FEC (Case No. 19-1192) On December 6, the Commission filed a Motion to Dismiss, or in the Alternative, for Summary Judgment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Upcoming reporting due dates

December 20: December Monthly reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2019 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.

Upcoming educational programs

January 15, 2020: The Commission will host reporting webinars for PACs and political party committees.

January 22, 2020: The Commission will host reporting webinars for candidate committees.

February 25-26, 2020: The Commission will host a regional conference in San Antonio, TX for candidates, political party committees, and political action committees.

Additional research materials

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. To order a printed copy, please contact the FEC’s Public Records Office at 800/424-9530 (option 2) or 202/694-1120, or send an email to pubrec@fec.gov.

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.

Printed copies of the 2019 edition of Title 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) are available. Contact the Commission's Information Division at (202) 694-1100 or (800) 424-9530 (press 6, when prompted) to order printed copies of the CFR at no charge. You may also email the Information Division to place an order at info@fec.gov.

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. To order a printed copy, please contact the FEC’s Public Records Office at 800/424-9530 (option 2) or 202/694-1120, or send an email to pubrec@fec.gov.

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.

Join the FEC on Twitter and YouTube

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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