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On February 25, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) approved an advisory opinion allowing certain PACs to use aggregated data collected from the PAC’s contributors to advance the PAC’s political interests. Advisory Opinion 2021-02 holds an independent expenditure-only PAC may inform […]

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On December 22, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) announced the election of Shana M. Broussard as its chairwoman for 2021. Additionally, Allen Dickerson was elected as vice chair for next year. Both Broussard and Dickerson, along with Sean Cooksey, were […]

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On August 7, the Federal Election Commission’s published its civil monetary penalty amounts adjusted for inflation in the Federal Register. The potential fine for civil violations of federal campaign finance laws now ranges from $6,069 to $70,973. The amounts are […]

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Caroline Hunter announced that she will resign from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on July 3, 2020, leaving the agency without a quorum. Hunter was appointed in 2008 by President George W. Bush for a six-year term, but stayed on […]

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In response to several states postponing congressional and presidential primary elections to limit exposure to the COVID-19 virus, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has been updating some of the campaign finance report due dates related to those elections. The law […]

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On March 17, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) announced it will be receiving but not processing mail. The FEC closed its offices to visitors on March 13. The delay in processing is due to the bulk of the agency’s staff […]

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On March 10, the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee will hold a nomination hearing. This will comprise of the full committee to consider James “Trey” Trainor as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission (FEC).   Trainor is a […]

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Today, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) published its price index adjustments for expenditure limitations and the federal lobbyist bundling disclosure threshold. The lobbyist bundling disclosure threshold has increased for 2020 from $18,700 to $19,000. This threshold amount is adjusted annually. […]

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February 7, 2020  •  

GAO Issues Campaign Finance Report

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On February 3, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a 74-page report discussing current federal campaign finance issues. The report, Campaign Finance: Federal Framework, Agency Roles and Responsibilities, and Perspectives, offers observations from specialists on the issues. Specifically, the […]

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The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is seeking public comments on proposals for rules requiring national party committees to report receipts and disbursements for their segregated accounts. These comments must be submitted on or before October 28, 2019. A petition filed […]

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August 26, 2019  •  

FEC to Lose Quorum on August 31

On August 31, Federal Election Commission (FEC) Vice Chairman Matthew Petersen will leave the agency, resulting in an FEC without the minimum quorum of four commissioners to make decisions on regulations or enforcements. The FEC requires at least four commissioners […]

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On July 11, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) issued three Advisory Opinions addressing diverse campaign finance issues. In Advisory Opinion 2019-08, the FEC found a campaign committee was free to distribute digital blockchain tokens, having no monetary values, to volunteers […]

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On May 28, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) announced the appointment of Tony Baptiste as Acting Inspector General of the agency. Mr. Baptiste, who has worked with the Office of the Inspector General for 19 years, will leave his position […]

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On March 21, a federal court ruled an unconnected committee is not restricted from using candidates’ names in the titles of their websites and social media pages. In Pursuing America’s Greatness v. FEC, the United States District Court for the […]

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