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For Immediate Release
Contact:
Judith Ingram
August 28, 2015   Christian Hilland
    Julia Queen
     
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Weekly Digest
Week of August 24 – 28


COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

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

ENFORCEMENT

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

MUR 6811
COMPLAINANT: State Senator Daylin Leach
RESPONDENTS: Marjorie 2014 and Jennifer May, in her official capacity as treasurer
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that Marjorie 2014 and May, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee), spent general election funds during the primary election on consultants and vendors, and failed to maintain more cash-on-hand than the sum of general election contributions received less the sum of general election disbursements.
DISPOSITION: The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the allegation as the advance vendor payments may have eliminated any general election funds deficit.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

The Commission made public two 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 751 and ADR 753 – Friends of Edwin W. Edward, Rachelle Marks, in her official capacity as treasurer, and Trina Edwards, in her official capacity as assistant treasurer. The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the matter.

LITIGATION

Level the Playing Field, et al. v. FEC (Case 1:15-cv-00961-TSC). On August 27, the Plaintiffs filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal Without Prejudice in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. 

Level the Playing Field, et al. v. FEC  (Case 1:15-cv-01397). On August 27, Level the Playing Field, Peter Ackerman, the Green Party of the United States and the Libertarian National Committee, Inc. filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Stop Reckless Economic Instability caused by Democrats, et al. v. FEC (Case 15-1455). On August 24, the Appellants and Intervenor-Appellant filed a Reply Brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

OUTREACH

On August 26, Chair Ann M. Ravel and Commissioners Ellen L. Weintraub and Lee E. Goodman participated in a public forum on federal campaign finance law in Chicago, Illinois.
On August 27, Chair Ravel spoke on the current and future state of campaign finance regulations to students, faculty and staff at the American Constitution Society at Duke University School of Law.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

On August 25-26, the Commission hosted a Regional Conference for House & Senate Campaigns, Political Party Committees and Corporate/Trade/Labor PACs in Chicago, Illinois.

UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

September 15: The Commission is scheduled to hold an executive session.

September 17: The Commission is scheduled to hold an executive session and 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    

September 30: FECFile Webinar for Candidates.  Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

October 20-21, San Diego, CA, Regional Conference for House & Senate Campaigns, Political Party Committees and Corporate/Trade/Labor PACs. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES

September 20: September Monthly Reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2015 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.

OTHER RESOURCES

The 2015 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 2015 edition of the Federal Election Campaign Finance Laws is available on the Commission website and in print. The compilation contains all federal campaign finance laws (including a conversion table showing the recent changes from Title 2 U.S.C. to Title 52 U.S.C.). To order a copy at no charge, contact the Commission's Information Division at (800) 424-9530 (press 6, when prompted) or email info@fec.gov.

The 2015 edition of Title 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations can be downloaded from the website.  To order printed copies, call (800) 424-9530 (press 6) or send an email to info@fec.gov.

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.

The Commission has published the 2015 Record Index page. An index to previously published Record news articles 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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