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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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Commission Declares Martin O'Malley Eligible to Receive Federal Matching Funds
(Posted 11/23/2015; By Dorothy Yeager)

On November 19, 2015, Martin J. O’Malley became the first 2016 presidential candidate to be declared eligible by the Federal Election Commission to receive federal matching funds. O’Malley is seeking the Democratic nomination for president. Read more...

AO 2015-09: Activities Conducted by Super PACs, Single-Candidate Committees, 527 Organizations, Candidates and Prospective Candidates
(Posted 11/20/2015; By Dorothy Yeager)

The Commission addressed several questions posed by two Super PACs (i.e., independent expenditure-only committees) regarding activities by Super PACs, single-candidate committees, 527 organizations, candidates and prospective candidates. Read more...

Commission Announces Disposition of Rulemaking Petition on Candidate Debates
(Posted 11/20/2015; By Dorothy Yeager)

On November 6, 2015, the Commission voted not to initiate a rulemaking in response to a petition filed by Level the Playing Field that sought changes to the candidate debate regulations at 11 CFR 110.13. Read more...

Federal Elections 2014 – Compiled Election Results Now Available
(Posted 11/19/2015; By Jonella Culmer)

Federal Elections 2014: Election Results for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, compiled by the Commission’s Public Records Office, is now available on the Commission’s website. Read more...

AO 2015-12: Company May Develop App to Match Users with Candidates Based on Political Views
(Posted 11/17/2015; By Myles Martin)

Ethiq, Inc., a non-partisan, for-profit company, may develop and market a mobile application (the App) that will enable users to identify candidates and corporations who may share their views on a variety of political, social, and economic issues. Read more...

AO 2015-08: Company May Operate Candidate Contribution Charitable Match Platform
(Posted 11/16/2015; By Isaac Baker)

A for-profit corporation may operate a web-based platform allowing members to pledge money to a federal candidate and, at the same time, designate a charity to receive the contribution instead, should an opposing federal candidate receive matching pledges. Read more...

FEC to Host December 2 Webinar for Nonconnected Committees
(Posted 11/05/2015; By Isaac Baker)

The Commission will hold a webinar for nonconnected political action committees (PACs), including Super PACs, Hybrid PACs and Leadership PACs on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Commission staff will conduct two technical workshops on the federal campaign finance laws affecting these types of committees. Read more...

AO 2015-10: Counting Cable and Satellite Subscribers for Definition of Electioneering Communication in Presidential Primary States
(Posted 11/05/2015; By Dorothy Yeager)

In determining whether televised advertisements reach enough viewers to qualify as "electioneering communications," 21st Century Fox may exclude its cable and satellite customers whose subscription packages do not provide access to the sports networks on which the ads will air. Read more...

Nonfederal Committees’ Involvement in Federal Campaigns
(Posted 11/04/2015; By Jonella Culmer)

As the 2016 elections draw closer, it is an ideal time to highlight some of the rules regarding nonfederal committees’ involvement in federal elections, including the prohibition on transfers from a candidate’s own nonfederal campaign committee and the federal registration requirements for state-registered committees. Read more...

Pending Advisory Opinion Requests as of October 30, 2015
(Posted 10/30/2015; 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...

FEC Introduces First Phase of betaFEC Website
(Posted 10/30/2015)

The Federal Election Commission introduced its betaFEC website on October 29, 2015, providing the public with a first look at a redesign that will bring easier access to the agency’s rich data. The Commission seeks public feedback on the evolving website design. Read more...


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