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For Immediate Release Contact Judith Ingram
May 10, 2013 Julia Queen
  Christian Hilland
   
  ISSUE 2013-19

Weekly Digest
Week of May 6 – 10

COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

On May 7 and 9, the Commission held an executive session.

On May 9, the Commission held an open meeting. Click here for agendas and related documents for open meetings. Click here for audio recordings of selected meetings, hearings and presentations.

ADVISORY OPINIONS

AO 2013-01 (1787 National Committee, Inc.). On May 9, the Commission concluded that because the 1787 National Committee, Inc. (1787) has not yet placed any candidates for federal office on any ballot, 1787 does not yet come within the definition of a “political party” under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, (the Act) and Commission regulations. Accordingly, 1787 is not yet the “national committee” of a political party within the meaning of the Act and Commission regulations.  During the open meeting discussion, the Commission heard from the Chairman of the 1787 National Committee, Inc.

Advisory Opinions and Requests are available through the Advisory Opinions search page in the Law and Regulations section of the Commission website.

ADMINISTRATIVE FINES

The Commission made public eight campaign finance enforcement matters that were resolved through its Administrative Fines (AF) program.

AF 2545 – Gary Smith for Congress and Gary Smith, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $990.

AF 2574 – Bruce Peller for Congress and Paula Andrea Henao, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $250.

AF 2575 – Byron Georgiou for Senate and Matthew Dickson, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $78.

AF 2577 – Connecticut for Peter Lumaj and Anton Rukaj, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $250.

AF 2580 – Dr. Noren for US Senate and Richard Parker, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $230.

AF 2584 – Jackson Eaton for Congress and Jillian E. O’Malley, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $250.

AF 2592 – Q. Byrum Hurst for Congress and Quincy B. Hurst, III, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination assessed a civil penalty of $250.

AF 2605 – Friends of Sharron Angle and Robert Fee, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $25,725.

For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

The Commission made public two campaign finance enforcement matters that were resolved through its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program.

ADR 631 – Families and Friends for Vance, Vance Patterson, in his official capacity as treasurer and Patterson Fan Company. The Commission closed the file.

ADR 633 – American Principles in Action. The Commission closed the file.

For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

LITIGATION

Free Speech v. FEC (Case 12-8078). On May 7, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit heard oral argument in Denver.

Libertarian National Committee, Inc. v. FEC (Case 1:11-cv-00562-RLW). On May 9, the Commission filed its Reply in Support of the Motion to Alter or Amend the Judgment in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Shaun McCutcheon, et al. v. FEC (Case 12-536). On May 6, appellant McCutcheon filed a brief in the United States Supreme Court.  On the same day, appellant Republican National Committee filed its merits brief.  

Van Hollen v. FEC (Case 1:11-cv-00766-ABJ). On May 1, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a memorandum opinion and orderdenying the Intervenor-Defendant Center for Individual Freedom’s motion for leave to file an amended and supplemental answer and cross-claims.

Wagner v. FEC (Case 12-5365). Oral argument is scheduled for May 16 in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

OUTREACH

On May 8, Chair Ellen L. Weintraub discussed the role and work of the Commission with a group of civic and governmental leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa as part of the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program.

On May 10, Communications Specialist Travis Drake discussed the Commission’s administration and enforcement of federal campaign finance laws with a group of European political and governmental leaders as part of the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program.

PRESS RELEASES

FEC Approves Advisory Opinion (issued May 9)

UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

May 22, Federal Election Commission, Washington, DC. “Seminar/Webinar for Trade Associations, Labor Organizations, Membership Organizations and their PACs.” Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES

May 20: May Monthly Reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2013 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.

OTHER RESOURCES 

The 2013 edition of the Combined Federal State Disclosure and Election Directory is available in the Public Records section of the Commission website. This publication identifies the federal and state agencies responsible for the disclosure of campaign finances, lobbying, personal finances, public financing, candidates on the ballot, election results, spending on state initiatives and other financial filings.

The Official 2012 Presidential General Election Results are available in the Library section of the website. This listing was compiled from the official election results published by state election offices.

An index to the Record news articles published in 2012 is available on the Commission website. The Record news page is available in the Publications section of the Commission website. Sign up to receive email notification when new articles are posted.

The FEC Annual Reports from 1975-2006 are now available on the website. Beginning in 2007, the Commission consolidated its Annual Report with its Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) to provide a single account of the agency's activities for each fiscal year.

Printed copies of the 2012 edition of Title 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations are now available and can be downloaded from the website. To order, call (800)424-9530 (press 6) or send an email to info@fec.gov.

Instructional videos are available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/FECTube?feature=watch. These videos are also available on the Commission's E-Learning resources page at http://www.fec.gov/info/elearning.shtml.


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