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For Immediate Release Contact Judith Ingram
August 30, 2013 Julia Queen
  Christian Hilland
   
  ISSUE 2013-35

Weekly Digest

Week of August 26 - 30

ADVISORY OPINIONS

Comment Received

AOR 2013-11 (Citizens for Joe Miller). On August 28, the Commission received a comment on Advisory Opinion Request 2013-11 (Citizens for Joe Miller/the Committee). The Committee is an authorized committee of Joseph W. Miller, a former federal candidate for Senate from Alaska.  The Committee asks whether it can use campaign funds as a deposit with an Alaska state court pending an appeal of an Alaskan judgment assessing attorney's fees in litigation involving Mr. Miller.

Requests Received

AOR 2013-13 (Freshman Hold'em JFC). On August 28, the Commission made public Advisory Opinion Request 2013-13 from the Freshman Hold'em Joint Fundraising Committee, Stutzman for Congress, Gardner for Congress 2012, Tom Reed for Congress, Denham for Congress, Benishek for Congress, Inc., Rodney for Congress, Duffy for Congress, Chris Gibson for Congress, Friends of Joe Heck, Friends of Dave Joyce, Pat Meehan for Congress, Scott Rigell for Congress, Rothfus for Congress, Jon Runyan for Congress, Inc., VoteTipton.com, Valadao for Congress, and Walorski for Congress Inc. Joint Fundraising Committee.  The requestors ask whether Freshman Hold’em JFC may use its shorter name and its URL in its required disclaimers, rather than the committee's full name.  The Commission must issue a response no later than 60 days after receipt of the complete request, that is, by October 28, 2013.

AOR 2013-14 (Long). On August 20, the Commission made public Advisory Opinion Request 2013-14. Martin Long for Congress asks whether it may distribute campaign materials that include a reference to the candidate’s book. The Commission must issue a response no later than 20 days after receipt of the complete request, that is, by September 13, 2013, because this request was submitted by a federal candidate within 60 days before a federal election.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

The Commission made public one campaign finance enforcement matter that was resolved through its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

ADR 647 – Democratic Party of Illinois and Michael Kasper, in his official capacity as treasurer. The respondent agreed to (1) retain an outside consultant to review its compliance procedures and conduct training, (2) develop and certify implementation of compliance measures (3) send a representative to an FEC conference, and (4) pay a civil penalty of $3,500.

LITIGATION

Tea Party Leadership Fund, et al. v. FEC (Case 1:12-cv-1707-KBJ-AK). On August 26, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a Memorandum Order.

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE

On August 23, the Office of Inspector General made public its report, Review of Outstanding Recommendations as of June 2013.

UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

September 25, Federal Election Commission, Washington, DC. “Webinar: Candidate 101: Preparing for the Next Election Cycle.” Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

October 2, Federal Election Commission, Washington, DC. “Webinar: October Quarterly Reporting for Candidate Committees.” Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

October 2, Federal Election Commission, Washington, DC. “Webinar: FECFile and E-Filing for Candidate Committees.” Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

October 23-24, San Francisco, California, Regional Conference for House & Senate Campaigns, Political Party Committees and Corporate/Trade/Labor PACs. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS

September 12: The Commission is scheduled to hold an open meeting.

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 2013 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.

The 2012 edition of Title 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations can be downloaded from the website. To order printed copies, 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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