Week of April 5 – 9
AOR 2010-04 (Wawa, Inc.). On April 6, the Commission made public a Supplement to Advisory Opinion Request 2010-04. The requester asks for clarification of which persons fall within the restricted class that may be solicited at any time by Wawa, Inc.’s Separate Segregated Fund. The Commission must issue a response no later than 60 days after receipt of the complete request, that is, by May 9, 2010.
Advisory Opinions, Requests, Comments and Extensions are available here.
The Commission approved and made public an Audit Report. A summary of the findings is below. Final Audit Reports are available here.
Committee to Elect Alan Grayson. The audit found a material misstatement of financial activity in 2007 and 2008. The committee filed amended reports to correct the issues raised in the audit process.
The Real Truth About Obama, Inc. v. Federal Election Commission. On April 6, the petitioner filed with the United States Supreme Court a reply to the brief previously filed by United States Solicitor General Elena Kagan.
The Federal Election Commission seeks public comment on four alternative drafts of a Volunteer Materials Exemption Policy, which are accessible on the Commission's website at http://www.fec.gov/law/policy.shtml#volunteer. Commenters are encouraged to review the drafts and submit comments, which are due by 5:00 pm on April 13, 2010, to VMEpolicy@fec.gov.
On April 9, the Commission adopted the Final Rules and Explanation and Justification on Collection of Administrative Debts and Collection of Debts Arising from Enforcement and Administration of Campaign Finance Laws.
On April 8, the Commission posted the transcripts of the public hearing on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Coordinated Communications (“NPRM”) and Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Coordinated Communications. The NPRM presents possible alternatives to the regulations that govern communications made in coordination with federal candidates, their authorized committees or political parties but paid for by other persons. The NPRM also proposes to define “promote, support, attack, or oppose.”
April 7, Washington, D.C. The FEC hosted a Seminar for Nonconnected Committees.
PAC Activity Remains Steady In 2009 (issued April 6)
UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS
April 13: The Commission is scheduled to hold an Executive Session.
April 15: The Commission is scheduled to hold an Open Session.
UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES
April 15: April quarterly reports are due. For information on reporting dates, click here.
April 20: April monthly reports are due.
May 3-4, Washington, D.C., Conference for House and Senate Campaigns and Political Party Committees. The conference registration information and agenda are here.
June 8-9, Arlington, VA. Regional Conference for Trade Associations, Membership Organizations, and Labor Organizations and their Political Action Committees. The conference registration information and agenda are here.
The March supplements to the FEC’s Campaign Guides are here.