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Basic Rules for Disclaimers on Radio and TV Ads
As we enter the final weeks of the 2014 election cycle, many political committees will take to the airwaves to make their final pitches to voters. Judging by the calls to our toll-free information line, many of those committees have questions about the disclaimers that must appear on their ads. This article answers some of the most common questions about disclaimers on radio and television ads. Read more...
AO 2014-12: Separate Contribution Limits for National Convention
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Republican National Committee (RNC) may establish convention committees to raise funds subject to separate contribution limits because such convention committees qualify as “national committees” under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) and Commission regulations. Read more...
Commission Issues Interim Final Rule and ANPRM to Address Supreme
Court Ruling in McCutcheon
On October 9, 2014, the Commission approved both an interim final rule and an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to revise the Commission’s regulations to reflect the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. The interim final rule removes regulations that impose aggregate contribution limits the Court held were unconstitutional, and the ANPRM invites public comment on whether the Commission should undertake a new rulemaking to revise or amend other regulations in light of the Court’s ruling. The Commission intends to hold a hearing on the ANPRM on February 11, 2015, and invites public comment on what revisions, if any, it should consider. Read more...
Post-General Reporting and Winding Down the Campaign Workshop
(Posted 10/15/2014; By Isaac Baker)
On November 19, 2014, the Commission will hold a roundtable workshop/webinar to help candidate committees prepare to file their 30 Day Post-General (30G) Report and wind down their campaigns. The workshop will include information on filling out the Post-Election Detailed Summary Page, raising funds to retire campaign debt, settling outstanding debts and terminating a committee. Read more...
AO 2014-11: Health Care PACs No Longer Affiliated
The Commission concluded that Health Care Service Corporation Employees’ Political Action Committee (HCSC PAC) is no longer affiliated with BluePAC, the separate segregated fund (SSF) of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). As a result, they no longer share limits on contributions, and neither may solicit PAC contributions from the other’s restricted class. Read more...
Independence Institute v. FEC
On October 6, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a suit brought by the Independence Institute that challenged the statutory provisions governing electioneering communications. The plaintiff claimed the definition of electioneering communication is overbroad and the associated disclosure requirements are unconstitutionally burdensome. The court found the plaintiff’s claims to be clearly foreclosed by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and ordered that judgment be entered for the Commission and dismissed the case. Read more...
Updated List of Federal PAC Acronyms and Abbreviations
The Commission has published the 2014 edition of PACronyms, a list of the acronyms, abbreviations and common names of federal political action committees (PACs). This publication is helpful in identifying PACs that are not readily identified in their reports and statements on file with the FEC. Read more...
FEC v. Craig for U.S. Senate
On September 30, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted the Commission’s motion for summary judgment in FEC v. Craig for U.S. Senate, finding that Craig for U.S. Senate (Craig Committee) and former Senator Larry Craig (Craig), both individually and in his official capacity as successor treasurer of the Craig Committee, unlawfully converted campaign funds to Craig’s personal use. Read more...
Petition for Rulemaking on Federal Office
On August 28, 2014, the Commission received a Petition for Rulemaking from National Convention PBC. The petition urges the Commission to expand its regulatory definition of “federal office” to include delegates to a constitutional convention. Read more...
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