Week of July 26 – 30
Advisory Opinions Issued
AO 2010-13 (Libertarian Party of Florida). On July 29, the Commission approved Advisory Opinion 2010-13 (Libertarian Party of Florida). The Commission concluded that the Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) qualifies as a State committee of a political party because the national Libertarian Party qualifies as a political party, the LPF is part of the official Libertarian Party structure, and the LPF is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Libertarian Party at the State level.
AOR 2010-16 (EmblemHealth Services Company LLC). On July 30, the Commission made public Advisory Opinion Request 2010-16. EmblemHealth Services Company LLC, a wholly corporate owned subsidiary, asks whether it may act as a connected organization for the separate segregated fund (SSF) of one of its corporate members and whether the SSF may be renamed as "EmblemHealth Services Company LLC Federal Political Action Committee," abbreviated as "EmblemHealth PAC". The Commission must issue a response no later than 60 days after receipt of the complete request, or by September 27, 2010.
Advisory Opinions and Requests are available here.
The Commission made public two closed cases this week. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
MUR 6290 – Project Vote. The Commission agreed to accept a conciliation agreement providing for the respondent to pay a civil penalty of $2,200.
Beam v. FEC. (formerly Beam v. Gonzales). On July 27, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued an order granting the Commission’s motion in limine. The Commission asserts that the plaintiffs have failed to uncover evidence of a violation of the Right to Financial Privacy Act, the sole claim remaining in the case.
SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission. On July 23, the plaintiffs filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari with the United States Supreme Court, following the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
RULEMAKING AND AGENCY PROCEDURES
On July 26, the Commission published an Announcement of the Effective Date of Travel Rules for Certain Presidential Candidates in the Federal Register. This announcement affects only travel by certain publicly-funded presidential candidates. The remaining travel rules, which affect other campaign travelers, went into effect on January 6, 2010. The new rules governing campaign travel on non-commercial aircraft were published by the Commission in the Federal Register on December 7, 2009, and can be found here.
July 29: Colorado Pre-Primary Reports were due. For information on reporting dates for this election, click here.
July 29: Connecticut Pre-Primary Reports were due. For information on reporting dates for this election, click here.
July 29: Georgia Pre-Runoff Reports were due. For information on reporting dates for this election, click here.
August 4: Wyoming Libertarian Pre-Convention Reports are due. For information on reporting dates for this election, click here.
August 4: Washington Pre-Primary Reports are due. For information on reporting dates for this election, click here.
August 4: Wyoming Pre-Primary Reports are due. For information on reporting dates for this election, click here.
September 15, Washington, DC. FEC Roundtable Workshop on Pre-Election Communications. Registration information and schedule are here.