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FEC Cites Committees for Failure to File 12-Day Pre-Primary Financial Reports for Texas Primary
On February 28, 2014, the Federal Election Commission cited four campaign committees for failing to file the 12-Day Pre-Primary Election Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), for the Texas primary election that was held on March 4, 2014.
As of February 27, 2014, the required disclosure report had not been received from:
The report was due on February 20, 2014, and should have included financial activity for the period January 1, 2014, through February 12, 2014. If sent by certified or registered mail, the report should have been postmarked by February 17, 2014.
The Commission notified committees involved in the Texas primary election of their potential filing requirements on January 27, 2014. Those committees that did not file on the due date were sent notification on February 21, 2014 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.
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