Week of August 15 – 19
No Commission Executive Sessions or Open Meetings were scheduled this week.
AOR 2011-17 (Giffords). On August 18, the Commission made public Advisory Opinion Request 2011-17, submitted by Giffords for Congress, the principal campaign committee of Representative Gabrielle Giffords. The request asks whether Giffords for Congress may use campaign funds to pay the costs of installing security improvements at Representative Giffords' home. The Commission must issue a response no later than 60 days after receipt of the complete request, that is, by October 17, 2011.
AOR 2011-18 (Western Representation PAC). On August 18, the Commission made public Advisory Opinion Request 2011-18. Western Representation PAC asks whether it must file 24- and 48-hour reports for an Independent Expenditure campaign that will be conducted by email during the 2012 presidential primary elections. Western Representation PAC also asks whether it must attribute its costs to individual State primary elections on its regular monthly reports. The Commission must issue a response no later than 60 days after receipt of the complete request, that is, by October 17, 2011.
Advisory Opinions and Requests are available through the Advisory Opinions search page in the Law and Regulations section of the Commission website.
The Commission made public two closed cases and one Statement of Reasons.
For information regarding each of the above matters, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
Final Audit Report on the Georgia Federal Elections Committee (GFEC). On August 16, the Commission made public the Final Audit Report on the Georgia Federal Elections Committee (GFEC), a state party committee, which found that the GFEC (1) misstated receipts, disbursements and cash-on-hand, (2) failed to provide supporting documentation of its allocable payroll expenses and (3) failed to disclose the occupation and/or name of the employer of 71 contributors. GFEC amended its reports and provided documentation to address these issues. The report also addresses additional issues that the Commission did not approve by the required four votes. These additional issues relate to (1) payroll activity and (2) potential non-federal funding for possible federal activity.
On August 19, the Commission made public Federal Elections 2010: Election Results for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on the Commission website. Also available are election results from the 1982-2008 election cycles on the Public Records page of the website.
On August 16, Chair Cynthia L. Bauerly discussed campaign finance regulations and the Commission's role in enforcing those regulations with a delegation from the Dominican Republic's Election Commission.
UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES
August 20: August Monthly Reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2011 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.
The Commission posted the filing deadlines for the Special Election in Oregon’s 1st Congressional District. For information on reporting dates for this election, refer to the Special Election Report Notice.
September 7-8, Minneapolis, MN – Regional Conference for House and Senate Campaigns, Party Committees and Corporate/Labor/Trade PACs. Registration information and schedule are on the 2011 Conference Schedule page of the Commission website.
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