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Weekly Digest

 

For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Judith Ingram

September 11 , 2009

Julia Queen

  Christian Hilland

ISSUE 2009-18

Weekly Digest

Week of September 7 – September 11

COMMISSION MEETINGS

The Commission did not hold Open or Executive Sessions this week. Sunshine Act Notices for Executive Sessions are here. Agendas and related documents for Open Meetings are here.

Audio recordings for selected meetings, hearings and presentations are here.


LITIGATION

Citizens United v. FEC. On September 9, the Supreme Court held a reargument in a special session. Appellant Citizens United challenges the application of BCRA's electioneering communication provisions to the cable-video-on demand broadcast of a film produced by Citizens United, as well as to televised advertising for that film. In July 2008, a three-judge district court found that the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA) was constitutional as applied to all of Citizens United's activity and granted summary judgment to the Commission.

OUTREACH

September 11 – Chairman Steven T. Walther and Senior Communications Specialist Dorothy Yeager met with an eight-member delegation from Lebanon. The delegation, part of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, is studying the U.S. political and elections process as a basis for approaching electoral reform in Lebanon.

PRESS RELEASES

FEC Takes Final Action on Six Cases (issued September 9, 2009)

Federal Election Commission’s ADR Program Resolves 31 Cases in First Six Months of 2009; Civil Penalties Total $73,900 (issued September 11, 2009)

NEXT WEEK (SEPTEMBER 1418, 2009)

September 14 – Oral arguments on the parties’ proposed findings of fact are scheduled for Speechnow.org v. FEC. Plaintiff Speechnow.org has challenged the constitutionality of contribution limits, reporting requirements, and political committee registration requirements as applied to its proposed activities. 

September 15-16, Chicago, IL – Regional Conference for Campaigns, Party Committees and Corporate/Labor/Trade PACs. The schedule is here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 28-29, San Francisco, CA – Regional Conference for Campaigns, Party Committees and Corporate/Labor/Trade PACs. The schedule is here.

UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES

September 20 – September Monthly Report

OTHER RESOURCES

The September issue of The Record is here. Sign up to receive email notification when a new issue of the Record is posted here