|For Immediate Release||
|February 28, 2014||Christian Hilland|
|.pdf version of this Weekly Digest||ISSUE 2014-09|
Week of February 24 - 28
COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS
On February 25, the Commission held an executive session.
On February 28, the Commission held an open meeting. Click here for agendas and related documents for open meetings. Click here for audio recordings for selected meetings, hearings and presentations.
Advisory Opinions Considered
AOR 2013-18 (Revolution Messaging, LLC). On February 27, the Commission discussed and voted on two draft advisory opinions based on a request from Revolution Messaging, LLC, but was unable to render an opinion by the required four affirmative votes. The requestor asked whether the proposed mobile phone banner advertisements were exempt from the disclaimer requirement of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act). During the discussion, the Commission heard from counsel and the requestor. Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel and Commissioners Steven T. Walther and Ellen L. Weintraub issued a statement.
AOR 2014-01 (Solano County United Democratic Central Committee). On February 27, the Commission held over discussion of a draft advisory opinion based on a request from the Solano County Democratic Central Committee. The requestor asked whether it may use unreported funds remaining in the federal account of its predecessor committee.
The Commission made public four closed cases and one Statement of Reasons, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
AOR 2014-02 (Make Your Laws PAC). On February 24, the Commission made public a supplement to Advisory Opinion Request 2014-02 from Make Your Laws PAC (MYL PAC). MYL PAC asks several questions related to its receipt, purchase, and disbursement of Bitcoins.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The Commission made public six campaign finance enforcement matters that were resolved through its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
ADR 654 – Maragos4NY and Khaleda Malique, in her official capacity as treasurer. The respondent agreed to (1) work with Commission staff to terminate the Committee and (2) pay a civil penalty of $5,000.
ADR 656 – New York State Democratic Committee and John Gulino, in his official capacity as treasurer. The respondent agreed to (1) send a representative to an FEC conference, (2) develop and certify implementation of a compliance operations manual, and (3) pay a civil penalty of $2,750.
ADR 660 – Westsiders for Progress 2012 and Darrell L. Paster, in his official capacity as treasurer. The respondent agreed to work with Commission staff to terminate the Committee.
ADR 662 – America’s Next Generation LLC d/b/a The Next Generation and Lance Davis, in his official capacity as treasurer. The respondent agreed (1) to develop and certify implementation of a compliance operations manual and (2) pay a civil penalty of $5,800.
ADR 664 – North Carolina Republican Party and Jeffrey A. Morse, Jr., in his official capacity as treasurer. The respondent agreed to (1) send a representative to an FEC seminar, (2) develop and certify implementation of a compliance operations manual, and (3) pay a civil penalty of $3,750.
ADR 695 – Committee to Elect Joyce Dickerson for US Senate and Joyce Dickerson, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission dismissed the case.
On February 27, comments were filed by Chairman Lee E. Goodman and Commissioners Caroline R. Hunter and Matthew S. Petersen and by Vice Chair Ravel and Commissioner Weintraub in response to the Internal Revenue Service’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-Related Political Activities.
On February 28, Vice Chair Ravel spoke on Mexico's recent political and electoral reforms at an event co-sponsored by the Atlantic Council and the Woodrow Wilson Center. Her comments related to lessons learned in the past few years about the U.S. campaign finance system, the significance of transparency in campaign finance, and parallels between the U.S. and Mexican campaign finance systems.
FEC Discusses Advisory Opinion Request (issued February 27)
UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS
March 4: The Commission is scheduled to hold an executive session.
March 6: The Commission is scheduled to hold an open meeting.
UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES
March 20: March Monthly Reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2014 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.
April 15: April Quarterly Reports are due. For information on quarterly reporting dates, refer to the 2014 Quarterly Reporting page of the Commission website.
April 20: April Monthly Reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2014 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.
UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
March 19, Federal Election Commission, Washington, D.C. Seminar/Webinar for House and Senate Campaigns and Party Committees. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.
The 2013 Legislative Recommendations are available on the Commission’s website.
The August 2013 edition of the Federal Election Commission Campaign Guide for Political Party Committees is available on the Commission’s website.
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.
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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