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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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Latest Articles:

Pending Advisory Opinion Requests as of September 30, 2016
(Posted 09/30/2016; 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...

FEC v. O’Donnell et al. (1:15-cv-17) (District Court)
(Posted 09/26/2016; By Christopher Berg)

On September 21, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware (the "Court") granted the Commission’s motion for summary judgment with regard to liability, concluding that Christine O’Donnell and her campaign committee impermissibly converted campaign funds to her personal use. Read more...

FEC Names Lisa J. Stevenson Acting General Counsel
(Posted 09/23/2016)

On September 22, 2016, the Federal Election Commission named Lisa J. Stevenson as Acting General Counsel. Read more...

CREW v. FEC (D.D.C. 1:14-cv-1419) (District Court)
(Posted 09/21/2016; By Christopher Berg)

On September 19, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (the “Court”) ruled that the Commission’s dismissal of two administrative complaints filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and its founder Melanie Sloan (“CREW”) was contrary to law. Read more...

Kentucky Special Election Reporting: 1st District
(Posted 09/21/2016; By Katherine Carothers)

Kentucky will hold a special general election to fill the U.S. House seat in Kentucky's 1st Congressional District vacated by Representative Ed Whitfield. The Special General will be held November 8, 2016.

Candidate committees involved in this election must follow this reporting schedule: Read more...

AO 2016-09: Candidate Entitled to Separate Limit for New Court-Ordered Primary Election
(Posted 09/20/2016; By Dorothy Yeager)

Editor's Note: On September 14, 2016, after this AO was issued, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit issued a ruling that canceled the October 6 primary.

Candidates running in the court ordered October 6 primary election in New York's 3rd congressional district are entitled to an additional contribution limit for the new election. The court's order nullified the results of the original June 28 primary in that district. Read more...

Internet Activity Conducted by Federal Political Committees
(Posted 09/14/2016; By Dorothy Yeager)

This article provides an overview of provisions in the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act), as well as regulations and advisory opinions (AOs) implementing and interpreting them, that apply to the use of the Internet by federal political committees. Read more...

October Reporting Reminder
(Posted 09/13/2016; By Katherine Carothers)

The following reports are due in October:

FEC Summarizes First 18 Months of Campaign Activity for 2015-2016 Election Cycle
(Posted 09/12/2016; By Dorothy Yeager)

The Commission has released its statistical summary of 18-month campaign activity for the 2015-2016 election cycle. This summary covers funds raised and spent in connection with federal elections between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. Read more...

FEC Cites Campaign in Massachusetts for Failure to File Required Report
(Posted 09/06/2016)

The Federal Election Commission has cited a campaign committee for failing to file the 12-Day Pre-Primary Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), for the primary election being held on September 8, 2016, in Massachusetts. Read more...


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