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For Immediate Release
Contact:
Judith Ingram
March 17, 2017   Christian Hilland
    Julia Queen
     
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pdf version of this Weekly Digest   ISSUE 2017-11

Weekly Digest
Week of March 13 – 17


COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

No Commission open meetings or executive sessions were scheduled this week.

ADVISORY OPINIONS

Advisory Opinion Request 2016-23 (Socialist Workers Party). On March 17, the Commission received an Extension of Time until April 21.

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

MUR 7060
COMPLAINANT: Gabriela M. Mosquera
RESPONDENTS: Alex Law for Congress and Rishav Kohli, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee); and Alex Law
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that Law and the Committee improperly used federal campaign funds to create and distribute campaign literature that featured local candidates running on the same ticket. Law was a 2016 candidate for New Jersey’s 1st Congressional District.
DISPOSITION: The Commission found no reason to believe a violation occurred because under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, donations to state and local candidates are a permissible use of campaign funds, subject to the provisions of state law.

MUR 7086
COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENTS: Stop Hillary PAC and Dan Backer, 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 the Committee improperly included the name of a federal candidate in its name.
DISPOSITION: The Commission agreed to enter into a conciliation agreement providing for the Committee to pay a civil penalty of $5,500.

ADMINISTRATIVE FINES

The Commission made public two campaign finance enforcement matters that were resolved through its Administrative Fines (AF) program, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

AF 3128 – Fetterman for Senate and Phyllis Greathouse-Brown, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $6,010.

AF 3140 – Denali Leadership PAC and Kimberly Van Wyhe, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $3,500.

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.

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