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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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Statement of Chairman Matthew Petersen and Vice Chairman Steven Walther
(Posted 02/11/2016; By Chairman Matthew Petersen and Vice Chairman Steven Walther)

With the 2016 presidential election cycle well underway, the Commission anticipates one of its busiest years in recent memory. This election season will present many challenges, but it will also offer many opportunities. As Chairman and Vice Chairman, we look forward to working with our fellow Commissioners to make this as productive a year as possible. Read more...

FEC to Host March 23 Webinar for Candidate Committees
(Posted 02/11/2016; By Isaac Baker)

The Commission will hold a one-day online seminar for Federal Candidates and their Campaign Committees on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Commission staff will conduct several technical workshops on the federal campaign finance laws affecting Candidate Committees. Read more...

Lobbyist Bundling Disclosure Threshold Unchanged
(Posted 02/10/2016; By Alex Knott)

The Federal Election Campaign Act, as amended by the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (HLOGA), requires certain political committees to disclose contributions bundled by lobbyists/registrants and lobbyist/registrant PACs once the contributions exceed a specified threshold amount. Read more...

Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits Adjusted
(Posted 02/10/2016; By Alex Knott)

The 2016 coordinated party expenditure limits are now available. Read more...

Check the Box to Report Memo Entries
(Posted 02/09/2016; By Alex Knott)

In an effort to increase reporting clarity, the Commission has added a new "memo item" box to the Forms 3, 3P and 3X filed by campaigns, parties and political action committees. Read more...

Libertarian National Committee, Inc., v. FEC (New)
(Posted 02/08/2016; By: Alex Knott)

On January 25, 2016, the Libertarian National Committee, Inc. (LNC), filed suit against the Commission in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the Federal Election Campaign Act’s (the Act) annual limits on contributions to national party committees. Read more...

AO 2015-15: Website May Help Users Make Contributions to Federal Candidates
(Posted 02/04/2016; By Alex Knott)

A corporation may establish a website designed to help users identify candidates whose actions they support. If they choose, users may contribute to those candidates through the website. Read more...

FEC Introduces Online Payment Option for Administrative Fines
(Posted 02/04/2016; By Alex Knott)

The Commission is now accepting online payments for administrative fines. Read more...

Pending Advisory Opinion Requests as of January 31, 2016
(Posted 02/03/2016; By Alex Knott)

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...

Van Hollen v. FEC
(Posted 02/01/2016; By: Isaac Baker)

On January 21, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed a 2014 district court decision that invalidated a Commission regulation governing the disclosure of certain donations used to fund electioneering communications. Read more...

FEC to Host February 24 Webinar for Party Committees
(Posted 01/22/2016; By Isaac Baker)

The Commission will hold a one-day online seminar for political party committees on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Read more...

Commission Certifies Matching Funds for O’Malley
(Posted 01/22/2016; By Alex Knott)

On January 20, 2016, the Commission certified $846,365.09 in federal matching funds to presidential candidate Martin J. O’Malley for the 2016 primary election. Read more...

Reports Due in 2016
(Posted 01/08/2016; By Katherine Carothers)

This article on filing requirements for 2016 is supplemented by the reporting tables linked at Read more...

Pending Advisory Opinion Requests as of December 31, 2015
(Posted 01/04/2016; 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...

Stop Hillary PAC, et al. v. FEC (District Court)
(Posted 12/29/2015)

On December 21, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied plaintiffs Stop Hillary PAC and Dan Backer's Motion for Preliminary Injunction. The plaintiffs had sought an interim order enjoining the FEC from taking any action to enforce the naming restriction for unauthorized political committees in section 52 U.S.C. § 30102(e)(4) against plaintiffs throughout the duration of their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of that provision. The plaintiffs had also sought to enjoin the FEC from enforcing section 30102(e)(4) either facially or as applied to nonconnected political committees with names that clearly and unambiguously oppose a candidate. Read more...

FEC v. Lynch (New)
(Posted 12/29/2015)

On December 18, 2015, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Edward Lynch, Sr., Lynch for Congress and Edward Lynch, Sr. in his official capacity as treasurer (defendants). The Commission seeks a declaration that defendants' conversion of campaign funds to personal use on or after August 12, 2010, was a violation of 52 U.S.C. § 30114(b). Read more...

Commission Elects Officers for 2016
(Posted 12/28/2015)

At its open meeting of December 17, 2015, the Federal Election Commission elected Matthew S. Petersen as Chairman and Steven T. Walther as Vice Chairman for 2016.  Read more...



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