Week of December 13 – 17
On December 14, the Commission held an Executive Session. Sunshine Act Notices for Executive Sessions are here.
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.
The Commission made public the Final Audit Report on Biden for President.
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.
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.
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.
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.