|For Immediate Release||
|January 16, 2015||Christian Hilland|
|.pdf version of this Weekly Digest||ISSUE 2015-03|
Week of January 12 – 16
COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS
On January 13 and 15, the Commission held an executive session.
On January 15, the Commission held an open meeting.
On January 15, the Commission approved future meeting dates from July through December 2015.
AO 2014-19 (ActBlue). On January 15, the Commission concluded that the requestor’s proposal to establish nominee funds that would accept contributions earmarked exclusively for candidates who are women and draft funds with varying committee formation deadlines and multiple default recipients would be consistent with the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, and Commission regulations. During the discussion, the Commission heard from counsel on behalf of the requestor.
AOR 2014-20 (Make Your Laws PAC). On January 15, at the request of the requestor, the Commission held over an advisory opinion request from Make Your Laws PAC (MYL PAC). The requestor, a nonconnected political committee, asks whether foreign nationals may volunteer their services to the requestor to develop the requestor's website.
The Commission made public five closed cases, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The Commission made public three campaign finance enforcement matters that were resolved through its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
ADR 677 – Fiscal Responsibility PAC and Bradley T. Crate, in his official capacity as treasurer. The respondent agreed to (1) verify retention of an outside consultant to review compliance procedures and conduct an on-site training with those responsible for preparing and filing reports, (2) send a representative to an FEC seminar, and (3) pay a civil penalty of $4,700.
ADR 724 – International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers PAC and James P. McCourt, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission closed the file.
ADR 735 – JBS USA LLC PAC and Gustavo Biscardi, in his official capacity as treasurer. The respondent agreed to (1) certify that a compliance specialist has been designated, (2) certify that a Committee representative participated in an FEC conference, webinar or other program developed in consultation with the FEC’s Information Division, and (3) pay a civil penalty of $4,150.
Holmes, et al. v. FEC (Case 14-5281). On January 12, the plaintiffs filed a Principal Brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Also, the plaintiffs filed their Opposition to the Commission’s Motion for Remand.
Van Hollen v. FEC (Case 1:11-cv-00766-ABJ). On January 9, the Intervenor-Defendant Center for Individual Freedom filed a Notice of Appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. On January 12, the Intervenor-Defendant Hispanic Leadership Fund filed a Notice of Appeal.
Petition for Rulemaking on Amendment of 11 C.F.R. 110.13(c) from Level the Playing Field. The Commission made public comments relating to the petition for rulemaking from Level the Playing Field. The petition requests that the Commission conduct a rulemaking proceeding to revise its regulations governing criteria for inclusion of candidates in presidential and vice presidential candidate debates.
On January 15, Chair Ann M. Ravel issued a statement outlining her 2015 priorities for the Commission.
On January 14, the Commission hosted Webinars for PACs and party committees on Year-End Reporting and FECFile.
UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS
February 10 and 12: The Commission is scheduled to hold an executive session.
February 11: The Commission is scheduled to hold a hearing on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Aggregate Biennial Contribution Limits.
February 12: 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 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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