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Weekly Digests

For Immediate Release
Judith Ingram
August 26, 2016   Christian Hilland
    Julia Queen
pdf version of this Weekly Digest   ISSUE 2016-35

Weekly Digest
Week of August 22– 26


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


Request Received

Advisory Opinion Request 2016-09 (Martins for Congress). On August 25, the Commission made public Advisory Opinion Request 2016-09 (Martins for Congress). The requester asks whether it may raise contributions subject to a separate limit for a new primary. The Commission will accept written comments on the request during the 10-day period following publication of the request (no later than September 6, 2016) and must issue a response no later than 20 days after the receipt of the complete request, that is, by September 13.


CREW v. FEC (Case 1:16-cv-01088).  On August 22, the Commission filed its Motion to Dismiss in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

McChesney, et al. v. FEC (Case 8:16-cv-00168-LSC-FG3). On August 22, the Commission filed the Reply Brief of Defendants Federal Election Commission and Matthew S. Petersen in Support of Their Motion to Dismiss in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska.

Stop Reckless Economic Instability caused by Democrats, et al. v. FEC (Case 16-109). On August 24, the Cato Institute and the Ventura County Republican Party filed Briefs as Amicus Curiae in support of the Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the United States Supreme Court.


On August 24, the Commission hosted a Webinar on Pre-Election Communications and Reporting. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.


FEC Announces Departure of Acting General Counsel Daniel A. Petalas (issued August 22)

FEC Cites Committees for Failure to File 12-Day Pre-Primary Financial Report (issued August 26)


September 13: The Commission is scheduled to hold an executive session.

September 15: 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.


September 20: September Monthly Reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2016 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.


Commission staff, together with our partners at 18F, continue to add new features to the agency's website. The Commission encourages website visitors to submit comments and questions by clicking on the “Feedback” tab at the bottom of each page.


Additional research materials about the agency, campaign finance information, and election results are available through the Library section of the Commission website.

The 2016 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 Commission has published the August Record newsletter. Sign up to receive email notification when new Record articles are posted.

The 2016 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

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