|For Immediate Release||
|December 19, 2014||Christian Hilland|
|.pdf version of this Weekly Digest||ISSUE 2014-51|
December 15 - December 19, 2014
COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS
On December 16, the Commission held an executive session.
On December 17, the Commission held an open meeting.
2015 OFFICERS AND CALENDAR
On December 17, the Commission elected Ann M. Ravel as Chair and Matthew S. Petersen as Vice Chairman for 2015. The Commission also approved an initial schedule of meeting dates in 2015.
The Commission made public five closed cases, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
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 2773 – Beale for Congress and Steven R. Burris, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $5,775.
AF 2784 – Steve Salazar for Congress and Rosario Rodriguez, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $8,662.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The Commission made public one campaign finance enforcement matter that was resolved through its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
ADR 723 – Revolution PAC and Dan Backer, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission closed the file.
Kuhn for Congress v. FEC (Case 2:13-cv-03337-PMD). On December 15, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina issued its Order and on December 16, issued its Judgment, adopting the recommendation contained in the Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law of the Magistrate Judge and granting the FEC’s motion to dismiss.
Stop This Insanity, Inc., et al. v. FEC (Case 14-391). On December 12, the Petitioners filed a Reply in Support of Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in the United States Supreme Court.
Technical Amendments and Corrections to 11 CFR Chapter 1. On December 16, the Commission approved for publication in the Federal Register final rules and an explanation and justification for technical amendments to various provisions in Title 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations. In addition to making technical corrections, the rules update Commission regulations to reflect the transfer of FECA from Title 2 of the U.S. Code to the new Title 52.
McCutcheon v. FEC Final Rule. On December 17, the Commission approved for publication in the Federal Register final rules and an explanation and justification that remove regulatory limits on the aggregate amounts an individual may contribute to federal candidates and political committees in a two-year cycle. The Commission issued these rules in light of the Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, which held that the aggregate contribution limits are unconstitutional.
On December 12, the Commission’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) made public its Review of Completed Corrective Actions of FY 2014 Financial Statements - December 2014.
District Court Issues Order in Kuhn for Congress v. FEC (issued December 16)
FEC Elects Ann Ravel as Chair; Matthew Petersen to Serve as Vice Chairman (issued December 17)
FEC Approves 2015 Meetings Dates, Elects 2015 Officers (issued December 17)
UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS
January 13, 2015: The Commission is scheduled to hold an executive session.
January 15, 2015: 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.
UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
January 14: Webinars for PACs and party committees on Year-End Reporting and FECFile. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.
January 21: Webinars for candidate committees on Year-End Reporting and FECFile. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.
UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES
January 31, 2015: Year-End Reports are due. For information on general election reporting dates, refer to the 2014 Reporting Dates 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 2014 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 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 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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