FEC Cites Committees for Failure to File 12-Day Pre-Primary Financial Report
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission cited six campaign committees today for failing to file the 12-Day Pre-Primary Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), for the Primary Elections that are being held in Arizona and Florida on August 30, 2016.
As of August 25, 2016, the required disclosure report had not been received from:
- Williamson for U.S. Congress (AZ-06)
- Fatima for Congress (FL-10)
- Quinn for Congress 2016 (FL-14)
- Sackrin for Congress (FL-27)
- robforcongress (Rob Lapham) (FL-02)
- Bruderly for Congress (FL-04)
The pre-primary report was due on August 18, 2016, and should have included financial activity for the period July 1, 2016, through August 10, 2016. If sent by certified or registered mail, the report should have been postmarked by August 15, 2016.
Some individuals and their committees have no obligation to file reports under federal campaign finance law, even though their names may appear on state ballots. If an individual raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not considered a "candidate" subject to reporting under the Act.
The Commission notified committees involved in Arizona’s and Florida’s Primary Elections of their potential filing requirements on July 25, 2016. Those committees that did not file by the due date were sent notification on August 19, 2016, that their reports had not been received and that their names would be published if they did not respond within four business days.
Other political committees that support Senate and House candidates in elections, but are not authorized units of a candidate's campaign, are also required to file quarterly reports, unless they report monthly. Those committee names are not published by the FEC.
Further Commission action against non-filers and late filers is decided on a case-by-case basis. Federal law gives the FEC broad authority to initiate enforcement actions, and the FEC has implemented an Administrative Fine program with provisions for assessing monetary penalties.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Established in 1975, the FEC is composed of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
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