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FEC Record

The FEC Record is an online resource for political committees and others interested in latest information on the Commission and the federal campaign finance law. Until August 2011, the Commission published the Record as a monthly newsletter. Now, the agency posts articles as news happens, then compiles those articles at the end of each month. To view or print those monthly compilations or the archived monthly newsletters, you'll need to download a copy of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software at

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Latest Articles:

Committee Treasurers
(Posted 05/09/2017; By Paul Stoetzer)

Every political committee must designate a treasurer before it can accept contributions or make expenditures. In fact, if a committee is ever without a treasurer, it cannot raise or spend anything until a new treasurer is appointed. Read more...

FEC to Host June 7 Webinar for Candidate Committees
(Posted 05/04/2017; By Isaac Baker)

The Commission will hold a one-day online seminar for Federal Candidates and their Campaign Committees on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Commission staff will conduct several technical workshops on the federal campaign finance laws affecting candidate committees. Read more...

Pending Advisory Opinion Requests as of April 30, 2017
(Posted 05/01/2017; By: Dorothy Yeager)

Advisory Opinion Requests (AORs) pending before the Commission as of the end of the month are listed below. Procedures for commenting on pending AORs are described here. Read more...

O’Donnell and Campaign Must Pay Penalty for Personal Use (FEC v. O’Donnell, D. Del. 1:15-cv-17)
(Posted 05/01/2017; By Christopher Berg)

On April 19, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware (“the Court”) ordered Christine O’Donnell, her campaign, and her treasurer (“the defendants”) to pay a civil penalty for violating the ban on personal use of campaign funds. Read more...

Advisory Opinion Request 2016-23 (Socialist Workers Party)
(Posted 04/21/2017; By Myles Martin)

On April 20, 2017, the Commission considered the Socialist Workers Party’s (SWP) request to extend its partial exemption from the Federal Election Campaign Act’s disclosure requirements, but was unable to approve a response by the required four affirmative votes. Read more...

Printed Copies of 2017 Edition of 11 CFR Now Available
(Posted 04/21/2017; By Dorothy Yeager)

Printed copies of the 2017 edition of Title 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) are now available. Read more...

Testing the Waters for Possible Candidacy
(Posted 04/14/2017; By David Garr)

Before deciding to campaign for federal office, an individual may want to "test the waters"—in other words, explore the feasibility of becoming a candidate. An individual who spends money merely to test the waters (but not to campaign for office) does not have to register as a candidate. Nevertheless, funds raised to test the waters are subject to the Federal Election Campaign Act’s (the Act) limits and prohibitions. Read more...

Groups Have Standing to Challenge Dismissal of Some Straw Donor Complaints (Campaign Legal Center, et al. v. FEC)
(Posted 04/07/2017; By Myles Martin)

On March 29, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted in part and denied in part the Commission’s motion to dismiss for lack of standing a challenge brought by Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 (plaintiffs) that alleged that the Commission’s dismissal of five separate administrative complaints was arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law. The court held that the plaintiffs had standing to pursue their challenge regarding three of the five administrative complaints, but dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims regarding two of the administrative complaints. Read more...

FEC to Host May 17 Webinar for Party Committees
(Posted 04/05/2017; By Isaac Baker)

The Commission will hold a one-day online seminar for political party committees on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Commission staff will conduct several technical workshops on the federal campaign finance laws affecting party committees. Read more...




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The FEC Record is produced by the Information Division, Office of Communications. Toll free 800-424-9530; Local 202-694-1100; Email [email protected]. Greg Scott, Assistant Staff Director, Information Division; George Smaragdis, Deputy Assistant Staff Director, Publications; Dorothy Yeager, Sr. Communications Specialist