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Weekly Digests


For Immediate Release
Contact:
Judith Ingram
March 10, 2017   Christian Hilland
    Julia Queen
     
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pdf version of this Weekly Digest   ISSUE 2017-10

Weekly Digest
Week of March 6 – 10

COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

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

On March 9, the Commission held an open meeting.

ADVISORY OPINIONS

Advisory Opinion Request 2016-23 (Socialist Workers Party). On March 9, the Commission held over until its March 23 open meeting discussion of an advisory opinion request from the Socialist Workers Party and certain related committees (SWP). The SWP requests that the Commission extend the partial reporting exemption provided to it in earlier advisory opinions. On March 8, the Commission received an Extension of Time until March 23. On March 9, the Commission made public a new draft.

ENFORCEMENT

The Commission made public two closed cases, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

MUR 6975
COMPLAINANT: Marc E. Elias, General Counsel to Hillary for America
RESPONDENTS: Unknown Respondent
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that an unknown individual or individuals fraudulently solicited funds in the name of Hillary Clinton, who was a 2016 candidate for United States President.
DISPOSITION: The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the matter in consideration of Commission priorities and resources. The Commission observed that it was unable to locate any public information about people who may have been behind the solicitation and that the circumstances indicated that the scope of the scheme was limited.

MUR 6987
COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENTS: Florida Freedom PAC and Gihan J. Perera, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether there was reason to believe that the Committee failed to file or timely file 24-hour and 48-hour reports of independent expenditures totaling $285,346.08.
DISPOSITION: The Commission agreed to enter into a conciliation agreement providing for the Committee to pay a civil penalty of $30,000.

AUDITS

Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum on the Colorado Republican Committee. On March 9, the Commission discussed and held over an Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum on the Colorado Republican Committee, covering campaign finance activity between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2012. The Commission discussed findings related to the misstatement of financial activity, reporting of apparent independent expenditures,recordkeeping for communications, and failure to itemize debts and obligations.

LITIGATION

McChesney, et al. v. FEC (Case 17-1179). On March 3, the Appellants filed a Response to Appellees' Motions in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. 

OUTREACH

On March 8, Assistant Branch Chief of the Party/Non-Party Branch Dan Buckley and Assistant Branch Chief of the Authorized Branch Brad Matheson led a training session on the Reports Analysis Division review process and common reporting problems for the MBA Consulting Group.

PUBLIC RECORDS

Chief FOIA Officer Report.  On March 9, the Commission held over discussion of the 2017 report of the Chief FOIA Officer to the United States Attorney General, describing steps taken by the agency to improve the Commission’s compliance with the Freedom of Information Act and transparency.

PRESS RELEASES

FEC Will Not Appeal District Court Decision in Level the Playing Field v. FEC (issued March 8)

UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

March 21:  The Commission is scheduled to hold an executive session.

March 23: The Commission is scheduled to hold an open meeting.

Meeting dates are subject to change. Please contact the Press Office the week of the scheduled meeting for confirmation.

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UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

March 29: Member/Labor Organization Webinar. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

April 26: Trade Association Webinar. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES

March 20: March Monthly Reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2017 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.

April 15: April Quarterly Reports are due. For information on quarterly reporting dates, refer to the 2017 Quarterly Reporting page of the Commission website.

April 20: April Monthly Reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2017 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.

The Commission has posted the filing deadlines for Special General Election in Montana’s At-Large Congressional District. For information on reporting dates for this election, refer to the Special Election Report Notice.

DISCLOSURE INITIATIVES

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ADDITIONAL RESEARCH MATERIALS

The Official 2016 Presidential General Election Results are available in the Library section of the website. This listing was compiled from the official vote totals published by state election offices.

Additional research materials about the agency, campaign finance information, and election results are available through the Library section of the Commission website.

The latest 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 Commission has published the March Record newsletter. Sign up to receive email notification when new Record articles are posted.

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