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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 www.adobe.com.

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Latest Articles:

AO 2016-18: Green Party of Ohio Qualifies as State Party Committee
(Posted 11/28/2016; By Katherine Carothers)

The Green Party of Ohio qualifies as a state party committee under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act). Read more...


AO 2016-17: Libertarian Party of Michigan Qualifies as State Party Committee
(Posted 11/28/2016; By Jonella Culmer)

The Libertarian Party of Michigan Executive Committee, Inc. (the LPM) qualifies as a state party committee under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act). Read more...


AO 2016-16: Fundraising for Public Funding Repayments and Civil Penalties
(Posted 11/23/2016; By Zainab Smith)

Gary Johnson 2012, Inc. (the "Committee") may use its cash on hand and may raise additional funds to fulfill obligations to the United States Treasury and to the Commission, consistent with the restrictions set forth in the Presidential Primary Matching Payment Account Act (the “Public Funding Act”) and FEC regulations. Read more...


AO 2016-19: Libertarian Party of Colorado Qualifies as State Party
(Posted 11/18/2016; By Christopher Berg)

The Libertarian Party of Colorado (LPC) qualifies as a state committee of the Libertarian Party because it is a part of the official party structure and it is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the party at the state level. Read more...


CREW v. FEC (16-2255) (New)
(Posted 11/18/2016; By Myles Martin)

On November 14, 2016, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and its executive director Melanie Sloan (collectively, plaintiffs) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the Commission's dismissal of two administrative complaints. The complaints alleged that American Action Network (AAN) and Americans for Job Security (AJS) had violated the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) by failing to register as political committees and disclose required information with the Commission. Read more...


Republican Party of Louisiana, et al. v. FEC (District Court)
(Posted 11/17/2016; By Myles Martin)

On November 7, 2016, a three-judge court of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment to the Commission in a lawsuit brought by the Republican Party of Louisiana and several local Republican party committees in Louisiana (collectively, plaintiffs). The plaintiffs challenged federal campaign finance provisions requiring state and local political parties to use certain types of funds to finance activities in connection with federal elections, including get-out-the-vote, voter registration drives and other communications and activities. Read more...


FEC v. Lynch (District Court)
(Posted 11/16/2016; By Zainab Smith)

On November 7, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida issued a Consent Judgment in FEC v. Lynch. The judgment found a violation of the personal use prohibition at 52 U.S.C. § 30114(b) and ordered a disgorgement of the converted funds and civil penalty of $10,000. Read more...


Appeals Filed in CREW v. FEC (14-1419)
(Posted 11/15/2016; By Dorothy Yeager)

On November 14, 2016, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a notice of cross-appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in their lawsuit against the Commission. Read more...


Independence Institute v. FEC (1:14-cv-01500) (District Court)
(Posted 11/09/2016; By Zainab Smith)

On November 4, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected the Independence Institute's challenge to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act's electioneering communication provisions, and granted the FEC's motion for summary judgment. Read more...


Lieu, et al. v. FEC (D.D.C. 1:16-cv-02201) (New)
(Posted 11/08/2016; By: Christopher Berg)

On November 4, 2016, Representative Ted Lieu, Representative Walter Jones, Senator Jeff Merkley, State Senator (Ret.) John Howe, Zephyr Teachout, and Michael Wager ("Plaintiffs") filed suit against the Commission in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Plaintiffs seek declaratory and injunctive relief against the Commission. Read more...


Supreme Court Denies Petition for Certiorari in Stop Reckless Economic Instability caused by Democrats, et al. v. FEC (Case 16-109)
(Posted 11/07/2016; By Dorothy Yeager)

On October 31, 2016, the United States Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari filed by the plaintiffs in Stop Reckless Economic Instability caused by Democrats, et al. v. FEC. Read more...


AOR 2016-12: Citizen Super PAC
(Posted 11/07/2016; By Dorothy Yeager)

On November 3, 2016, the Commission considered an Advisory Opinion Request (AOR) from Citizen Super PAC. In its request, the PAC asked several questions regarding the application of coordination rules to proposed online activity of the PAC and a federal candidate. Read more...


FEC Cites 30 Campaigns for Failure to File Pre-General Financial Report
(Posted 11/04/2016)

The Federal Election Commission has cited 30 campaign committees for failing to file the 12-Day Pre-General Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act). Read more...


AO 2016-14: Libertarian Party Organizations Qualify as State Party Committees
(Posted 11/03/2016; By Isaac Baker)

Because they are part of the official party structure of a national party committee, and responsible for the day-to-day operation of the national party on the state level, Libertarian Party Committees of multiple states ("the Committees") all qualify as state committees of a political party under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act). Read more...


Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Technological Modernization
(Posted 11/03/2016; By Zainab Smith)

On November 2, 2016, the Commission published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Technological Modernization in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 76416). The NPRM proposes revisions to over 100 FEC regulations to reflect technological advances and their impact on the financing of campaigns for federal office. The Commission requests public comment on the proposed revisions. Comments must be submitted in writing on or before December 2, 2016. Read more...


AO 2016-11: Members May Collect and Forward Contributions to Membership Organization's SSF
(Posted 11/02/2016; By Myles Martin)

Plains Cotton Growers (PCG) and its cotton gin members may collect and transmit voluntary contributions from individual members to the separate segregated fund (SSF) of PCG. Since PCG is a membership organization collecting contributions solely from its members, the Commission concluded that PCG is not limited in the methods that it may use to solicit and forward such contributions to its own SSF. Read more...


Pending Advisory Opinion Requests as of October 31, 2016
(Posted 11/02/2016; 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...


 

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