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Holmes, et al. v. FEC
On July 21, 2014, Laura Holmes and Paul Jost filed suit against the Commission in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the per election limits on individual contributions to candidates. The plaintiffs claim those limits violate their First and Fifth Amendment rights. Read more...
AO 2014-06: Campaign and Leadership PAC May Purchase and Distribute
Rep. Paul Ryan’s campaign committee and leadership PAC may purchase, distribute and promote the Congressman’s book, subject to certain requirements described in the advisory opinion. As proposed, the activity will not result in an impermissible personal use of campaign funds, nor will the publisher’s discounted sale of the book to the committees result in a prohibited corporate contribution. Read more...
Parsons, et al. v. FEC
On July 24, 2014, Inga L. Parsons and Stephen C. Leckar filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the constitutionality of the ban on contributions from government contractors. The plaintiffs contend that the ban violates the First Amendment and the Equal Protection guarantee of the Fifth Amendment. Read more...
AO 2014-05: State Law Does Not Apply to SSF's Federal
Under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) and Commission regulations, the separate segregated fund (SSF) of a corporation without capital stock may solicit federal contributions at any time from its solicitable class and twice yearly from an expanded group of individuals. According to the Michigan Department of State, a state law that restricts SSF solicitations for state and local activity does not apply to federal solicitations. Read more...
Reporting Campaign Debt
This article answers common questions about reporting campaign debt. The Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) and Commission regulations require committees to report debts and obligations continuously if they exceed $500 or have been outstanding 60 days or more. Read more...
FEC Summarizes First 15 Months of Campaign Activity for the 2013-2014
Congressional candidates running in the 2013-2014 election cycle received $850.2 million and disbursed $478.6 million between January 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, according to an analysis by the Federal Election Commission. Read more ...
Roundtable on Pre-Election Communications
On Thursday, August 21, 2014, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EDT, the Commission will host a roundtable workshop to review the rules and reporting requirements for specific types of pre-election communications, including: electioneering communications, independent expenditures and coordinated communications. Read more ...
AO 2014-04: State Law Does Not Apply to SSF's Payroll
Under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) and Commission regulations, Enterprise Holdings, Inc. may use payroll deduction for contributions to its SSF. According to the New York State Department of Labor, the state’s restrictions on corporate payroll deductions do not apply to solicitations by federal separate segregated funds (SSFs). Read more ...
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