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The FEC Record is an online resource for political committees and others interested in latest information on the Commission and the federal campaign finance law. Until August 2011, the Commission published the Record as a monthly newsletter. Now, the agency posts articles as news happens, then compiles those articles at the end of each month. To view or print those monthly compilations or the archived monthly newsletters, you'll need to download a copy of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software at

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FEC to Host September FECFile Webinar for Campaign Committees
(Posted 08/26/2015; By Isaac Baker)

FECFile Webinar web button adThe Commission will host a FECFile webinar on September 30, 2015, for campaign committees. The webinar will demonstrate the Commission’s FECFile software and address questions FECFile users may have concerning electronic filing. Read more...

Republican Party of Louisiana et al. v. FEC (New)
(Posted 08/21/2015; By Myles Martin)

On August 3, 2015, the Republican Party of Louisiana (LAGOP), the Jefferson Parish Republican Parish Executive Committee and the Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee (collectively, plaintiffs) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the constitutionality of portions of the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act or FECA) that specify how state and local parties must finance and disclose certain "federal election activity" that they plan to engage in, including fundraising costs for such activity. Read more...

CREW v. FEC (D.D.C. 1:14-cv-01419) (District Court)
(Posted 08/20/2015; By Christopher Berg)

On August 13, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (the “Court”) granted the Commission’s motion to dismiss portions of a complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (“CREW”). The claims that were the subject of the Commission’s motion alleged that the Commission’s dismissal of CREW’s administrative complaints had effectively created a “de facto regulation” that violated the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”). Read more...

AO 2015-05: Testamentary Bequests to Party via an Escrow Agent
(Posted 08/13/2015; By Christopher Berg)

A trustee may use an independent third-party escrow agent (the “agent”) to receive and later disburse funds bequeathed to the Libertarian National Committee (the “LNC”). Each year, the agent will disburse to the LNC the maximum amount allowable by the Federal Election Campaign Act (the “Act”) until the funds are exhausted. Read more...

FEC to Host San Diego Conference in October
(Posted 08/06/2015; By Isaac Baker)

The Commission will hold a regional conference in San Diego, California, on October 20-21, 2015. Commissioners and staff will conduct a variety of technical workshops on the federal campaign finance laws affecting federal candidates, parties and PACs. Read more...

Combat Veterans for Congress PAC v. FEC (Appeals Court)
(Posted 08/06/2015; By Zainab Smith)

On July 28, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of administrative fine challenges filed by Combat Veterans for Congress PAC. Read more...

Pursuing America’s Greatness v. FEC (New)
(Posted 08/03/2015; By Myles Martin)

On July 27, 2015, Pursuing America’s Greatness (PAG) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the Commission’s regulations and a recently-issued advisory opinion that restrict an unauthorized committee’s use of a candidate’s name in social media and other Internet activities supporting that candidate. Read more...

Chair Ravel to Host Public Forum on Campaign Finance Issues
(Posted 08/03/2015)

FEC Chair Ann Ravel will host a public forum on federal campaign finance law at the conclusion of the agency’s Chicago Regional Conference on Wednesday, August 26, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Magnificent Mile. Read more...

Pending Advisory Opinion Requests as of July 31, 2015
(Posted 07/31/2015; By Dorothy Yeager)

Advisory Opinion Requests (AORs) pending before the Commission as of the end of the month are listed below. Procedures for commenting on pending AORs are described here. Read more...

Petition for Rulemaking on Contributions from Corporations and Other Organizations to Political Committees
(Posted 07/30/2015; By Zainab Smith)

On July 29, 2015, the Commission published a Notice of Availability seeking public comments on a Petition for Rulemaking on Contributions from Corporations and Other Organizations to Political Committees. The petition was filed by Make Your Laws PAC, Inc. and Make Your Laws Advocacy, Inc. (the “petitioners”). Read more...

Petitions for Rulemaking on Independent Spending by Corporations, Labor Organizations, Foreign Nationals and Independent-Expenditure-Only Committees
(Posted 07/29/2015; By Dorothy Yeager)

On July 29, 2015, the Commission published a Notice of Availability that seeks public comments on two petitions for rulemaking filed by Make Your Laws PAC Inc. and Make Your Laws Advocacy, Inc., and Craig Holman and Public Citizen. The petitions seek modifications to FEC regulations arising from the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. Read more...




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