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FEC Cites Committees for Failure to File October Quarterly and 12-Day Pre-General Financial Reports
The Federal Election Commission cited three campaign committees on November 2, 2012, for failing to file the October Quarterly Election Report and 19 committees for failing to file the 12-Day Pre-General Election Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, (the Act).
As of November 1, 2012, the required October Quarterly disclosure report had not been received from:
The report was due on October 15, 2012, and should have included financial activity for the period July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012.
The Commission notified quarterly filing committees of their potential filing requirements on September 21, 2012. Those committees that did not file on the due date were sent notification on October 22, 2012 that their reports had not been received and that their names would be published if they did not respond within four business days.
As of November 1, 2012, the required Pre-General disclosure report had not been received from:
The report was due on October 25, 2012, and should have included financial activity for the period October 1, 2012, through October 17, 2012. If sent by certified or registered mail, the report should have been postmarked by October 22, 2012.
The Commission notified committees of their potential pre-general filing requirements on October 1, 2012. Those committees that did not file on the due date were sent notification on October 26, 2012 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.
(Posted 11/5/2012; By: Dorothy Yeager)
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