|For Immediate Release||
|March 24, 2017||Christian Hilland|
|pdf version of this Weekly Digest||ISSUE 2017-12|
COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS
On March 21, the Commission held an executive session.
Advisory Opinion Request 2016-23 (Socialist Workers Party). On March 23, the Commission held over discussion of several drafts in response to an advisory opinion request from the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). The SWP and Socialist Workers Campaign Committee request that the Commission extend the partial reporting exemption provided in earlier advisory opinions to the Socialist Workers Party.
Advisory Opinion Request 2017-01 (American Urological Association). On March 22, the Commission made public Advisory Opinion Request 2017-01 (American Urological Association). The requestor asks whether it is no longer affiliated with the American Association of Clinical Urologists. The Commission will accept written comments on the request during the 10-day period following publication of the request (no later than April 3) and must issue a response no later than 60 days after the receipt of the complete request, that is, by May 22, 2017.
The Commission made public five closed cases, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.
MURs 6639 and 7055
Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum on Kind for Congress Committee. On March 23, prior to the meeting, the Commission approved the Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum on the Kind for Congress Committee, covering campaign finance activity between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2014. The Commission approved a finding related to the untimely deposit of receipts.
Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum on the Kansas Democratic Party. On March 23, prior to the meeting, the Commission approved the Audit Division Recommendation on the Kansas Democratic Party covering campaign finance activity between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2012. The Commission approved findings related to the misstatement of financial activity, recordkeeping for employees, reporting of debts and obligations, and Levin Funds activity.
RULEMAKING AND AGENCY PROCEDURES
Petition to Amend 11 C.F.R. 110.13(c) from Level the Playing Field – Draft Supplemental Notice of Disposition. On March 23, the Commission approved a Supplemental Notice of Disposition of Petition for Rulemaking, declining to initiate a rulemaking at this time. The petition asked the Commission to conduct a rulemaking proceeding to revise its regulations governing criteria for inclusion of candidates in presidential and vice presidential general election debates. Commissioner Lee E. Goodman issued a Concurring Statement.
REG 2014-10, Implementing the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, and REG 2016-03, Political Party Rules. On March 23, the Commission discussed a resolution introduced by Commissioner Goodman to open a rulemaking with respect to political parties, consistent with two petitions for rulemaking.
FEC Email Management Policy. On March 23, the Commission discussed a revised email management policy for the agency, reflecting updated records management guidance from the National Archives.
On March 22, Counsel to Commissioner Goodman, Mike Columbo, and Counsel to Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub, Tom Moore, spoke about campaign finance issues and the FEC with two high school student-researchers. The students are taking part in the 45th annual Washington Seminar Field Study Program.
On March 23, Commissioner Weintraub participated on a panel at “The Administrative Law Review 2017 Symposium” presented by the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.
On March 22, the Commission’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) made public its Review of Outstanding Recommendations as of February 2017.
Chief FOIA Officer Report. On March 23, the Commission discussed the 2017 report of the Chief FOIA Officer to the United States Department of Justice, describing steps taken by the agency to improve the Commission’s compliance with the Freedom of Information Act and transparency.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS
On March 20: March Monthly Reports were due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2017 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.
UPCOMING COMMISSION MEETINGS AND HEARINGS
March 29: The Commission is scheduled to hold an executive session.
April 19: The Commission is scheduled to hold an executive session.
April 20: 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.
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UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
March 29: Member/Labor Organization Webinar. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.
April 26: Trade Association Webinar. Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.
UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES
April 15: April Quarterly Reports are due. For information on quarterly reporting dates, refer to the 2017 Quarterly Reporting page of the Commission website.
April 20: April Monthly Reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2017 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.
The Commission has posted the filing deadlines for Special General Election in Montana’s At-Large Congressional District. For information on reporting dates for this election, refer to the Special Election Report Notice.
Commission staff, together with our partners at 18F, continue to add new features to the agency's beta.fec.gov 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
The Official 2016 Presidential General Election Results are available in the Library section of the website. This listing was compiled from the official vote totals published by state election offices.
Additional research materials about the agency, campaign finance information, and election results are available through the Library section of the Commission website.
The latest 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.
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