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Week of October 21 – 25, 2019

October 25, 2019

Commission meetings and hearings

On October 22, the Commission met in executive session.

Regulations and Agency Procedures

The Commission is accepting public comment through Monday, October 28 on three rulemaking petitions: 1) a Rulemaking Petition and Notification of Availability on Party Segregated Accounts; 2) a Rulemaking Petition and Notification of Availability on Requiring Reporting of Exchanges of Email Lists; and 3) a Rulemaking Petition and Notification of Availability on Filing Dates for Unauthorized Political Committees. Comments must be in writing; the Commission encourages the public to submit comments electronically on the Commission’s website at http://www.fec.gov/fosers.

Litigation

CREW, et al. v. FEC (Case No. 19-5161) On October 22, Appellants filed a Brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Libertarian National Committee v. FEC (Case No. 19-234) On October 24, the Commission filed a Brief in Opposition in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Outreach

On October 22, Chair Ellen L. Weintraub spoke with a group of students in the Democracy and Governance graduate program at Georgetown University.

On October 23, Chair Weintraub discussed campaign finance disclosure rules and the role of the Commission with a group of leaders visiting the United States as part of the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

On October 24, Chair Weintraub discussed the history and role of the FEC and campaign finance law with students from the University of California’s D.C. program studying money and politics.

Commissioner statements

On October 18, Chair Weintraub issued a statement on the law of a “thing of value.”

On October 22, Commissioner Hunter wrote an Op-Ed in Politico, attached in this statement.

Upcoming Commission meetings

November 5: The Commission is scheduled to meet in executive session.

November 7: The Commission is scheduled to hold an open meeting.

Upcoming reporting due dates

November 20: November 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

On October 29-30, the Commission will host a Regional Conference in San Diego, CA for candidates, political parties, and political action committees.

On November 20, the Commission will host a webinar on political party activity during the presidential election cycle.

On December 4, the Commission will host a webinar for nonconnected PACs.

Additional research materials

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.

Federal Elections 2016: Election Results for the U.S. President, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. 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.

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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