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Judith Ingram

January 14, 2010

Julia Queen
  Christian Hilland
   

FEC APPROVES ADVISORY OPINION ON ESTABLISHMENT OF A SEPARATE SEGREGATED FUND

WASHINGTON – At its open meeting today, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) approved Advisory Opinion 2009-29 (Contra Costa County Retirees). The Commission concluded that neither the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), nor Commission regulations require the Retiree Support Group of Contra Costa County, California, to submit a proposal to establish a separate segregated fund (SSF) to the organization’s members for a vote before it can establish the SSF. Under the Act and Commission regulations, an incorporated membership organization may pursue the internal policy of its choice to establish an SSF. The advisory opinion noted that Commission regulations state that each SSF must file a Statement of Organization with the FEC no later than 10 days after the occurrence of certain establishment events if the SSF is to be used wholly or partly for Federal elections.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Established in 1975, the FEC is composed of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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