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Weekly Digest

 

For Immediate Release

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Judith Ingram

December 17, 2010

Julia Queen
  Christian Hilland
  Mary Brandenberger
   
 

ISSUE 2010-50

Weekly Digest

Week of December 13 – 17

COMMISSION MEETINGS

On December 14, the Commission held an Executive Session. Sunshine Act Notices for Executive Sessions are here.

On December 16, the Commission held an Open Meeting. Agendas and related documents for Open Meetings are here. Audio recordings for selected meetings, hearings and presentations are here.

ADVISORY OPINIONS

Advisory Opinion Issued

AO 2010-29 (Working Families Party of Oregon). On December 16, the Commission approved Advisory Opinion 2010-29. The Commission concluded that Working Families Party of Oregon qualifies as a state committee of a political party under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), and Commission regulations.

Advisory Opinion Considered

AO 2010-30 (Citizens United). On December 16, the Commission could not render an opinion on whether the proposed rental of email lists to federal candidates, authorized committees, political party committees or other political committees for emails soliciting contributions or inviting recipients to fundraisers would constitute a prohibited corporate facilitation of contributions. The Commission did agree, however, that the proposed rental program would not result in either a coordinated expenditure or a coordinated communication. The Commission directed the Office of the General Counsel to redraft the advisory opinion reflecting these conclusions.

Concurring Statement Issued

AO 2010-19 (Google, Inc.). On December 16, the Commission made public a Concurring Statement of Vice Chair Cynthia L. Bauerly, Commissioner Steven T. Walther and Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub. On December 17, the Commission made public a Statement for the Record of Commissioner Caroline C. Hunter.

Advisory Opinions and Requests are available here.

AUDIT REPORTS

The Commission made public the Final Audit Report on Biden for President.

General information about final Audit Reports is here. Audits are broken down into three categories: Authorized Committees, Unauthorized Committees, and Title 26 Audit Reports.

LITIGATION

Schonberg v. FEC. On November 24, the plaintiff filed a Complaint and an Application for Three-Judge Court in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. On December 8, the District Court submitted a Request for Designation of a Three-Judge Court to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and on December 9, the Court of Appeals issued a Designation of Judges to Serve on Three-Judge Court.

PRESS RELEASES

FEC Approves Advisory Opinion, Considers Another, Elects 2011 Officers (issued December 16)

FEC Elects Bauerly Chair for 2011, Hunter to Serve as Vice Chair (issued December 16)

UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES

January 31:  Year-end Reports are due. For more information on reporting dates, click here.

UPCOMING EVENTS 

January 12, 2011, Washington, DC. FEC Roundtable Workshops on FEC Reporting Requirements. Registration information and schedule are here.

January 12, 2011, Washington, DC. FEC Roundtable Workshops on FECFile & E-Filing. Registration information and schedule are here.

OTHER RESOURCES

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

The Monthly Supplements to the FEC’s Campaign Guides are here.

Sunshine Act Notices for previous Executive Sessions are here. Agendas and related documents for previous Open Meetings are here. Audio recordings for selected previous meetings, hearings and presentations are here.