|For Immediate Release||
|July 25, 2014||Christian Hilland|
|.pdf version of this Weekly Digest||ISSUE 2014-30|
COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS
On July 22, the Commission held an executive session.
On July 23, 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 Issued
AO 2014-06 (Ryan, Ryan for Congress, Inc., and Prosperity Action, Inc.). On July 23, the Commission approved an advisory opinion in response to a request from Representative Paul Ryan, Ryan for Congress, Inc., and Prosperity Action, Inc. The Commission concluded that, as proposed in the request, the requestors may engage in the distribution of a book authored by Representative Ryan and the Committees may engage in the de minimis promotion of the book. The Commission also concluded that the book's publisher may publish and promote the book as proposed in the request because such activity is not subject to regulation under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act). During the discussion, the Commission heard from counsel on behalf of the requestor. Chairman Lee E. Goodman and Commissioners Matthew S. Petersen and Caroline C. Hunter issued a Concurring Opinion.
AO 2014-05 (Henry Ford Health System Government Affairs Services Political Action Committee). On July 23, the Commission approved an advisory opinion in response to a request from the Henry Ford Health System Government Affairs Services Political Action Committee. The Commission concluded that the requestor may solicit contributions from employees of its connected organization’s corporate parent and of that parent’s other subsidiaries pursuant to the Act and Commission regulations. The Commission did not reach the question of whether the Act preempts Michigan law concerning the solicitation of contributions because the state law at issue does not apply to contributions to federal political committees, and the state has officially interpreted that law as not regulating contributions or expenditures made to support or oppose federal candidates. During the discussion, the Commission heard from counsel on behalf of the requestor.
Advisory Opinion Request Withdrawn
AOR 2014-08 (Nick for New York). On July 22, the requestor withdrew the advisory opinion request. Congressional Candidate Nicholas Di iorio and his principal campaign committee, Nick for New York, had asked whether Mr. Di iorio may participate in a reality television show featuring candidates for office, and whether he may be paid in return for his participation.
The Commission made public three closed cases and one Statement of Reasons, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
MURs 6572, 6606 and 6676
Stop Reckless Economic Instability caused by Democrats, et al. v. FEC (Case 1:14-cv-00397-AJT-IDD). On July 21, the plaintiffs filed a Consolidated Rebuttal Brief in Support of Motions to Amend Complaint and Dismiss Niger Innis' and Niger Innis for Congress' Claims in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. On July 23, the Court issued an Order (1) granting Plaintiffs' Motion to Voluntarily Dismiss Plaintiffs Niger Innis and Niger Innis for Congress and (2) dismissing the claims of plaintiffs Niger Innis and Niger Innis for Congress. On July 24, the Court issued an Order granting the Plaintiffs' Motion to Amend and/or Supplement Complaint. Also on July 24, the Commission filed its Amended Answer to Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint.
On July 22, the Reports Analysis Division (RAD) emailed a survey to filers to identify opportunities to improve RAD's customer service and outreach. We encourage all filers to take the survey, so we can better understand the needs of the filing community.
On July 23, Chairman Lee E. Goodman discussed the topic of transparency as it applies to the role and work of the Commission with a group of municipal government leaders from Italy. The group was visiting the United States as part of a State Department International Visitor Leadership Program trip.
FEC Issues Two Advisory Opinions (issued July 23)
UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS
August 14: The Commission is scheduled to hold an open meeting.
August 26: The Commission is scheduled to hold an executive session.
UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
August 21, 2014, Federal Election Commission, Washington, DC. Roundtable/Webinar on Pre-Election Communications. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.
UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES
August 20: August Monthly Reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2014 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website
The 2014 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 2013 Legislative Recommendations are available on the Commission’s website.
The 2014 edition of the Federal Election Commission Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and Committees is now 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 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 Record news articles published 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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