WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission today cited 12 campaign committees for failing to file the 2018 12-Day Pre-General Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act).
As of November 1, 2018, the required disclosure report had not been received from:
- Committee to Elect Timmy Westley (TX-15)
- Craig Bowden for Senate (UT)
- Tatiana Matta for Congress (CA-23)
- Billups for Congress (TX-33)
- Swanson for Liberty (MT)
- Fuller for Congress (FL-05)
- Charles Schaupp for Congress 2018 (CA-03)
- Committee to Elect James Singer (UT-03)
- Jineea Butler for Congress (NY-13)
- Committee to Elect Tricia Flanagan US Senate (NJ)
- Elect Fawell (IL-17)
- Beeman for Congress (PA-16)
The 12-Day Pre-General Report was due on October 25, 2018, and should have included financial activity for the period October 1, 2018, through October 17, 2018. If sent by certified or registered mail, the report should have been postmarked by October 22, 2018.
Some individuals seeking federal office 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 2018 elections of their potential filing requirements on October 1, 2018. Those committees that did not file by the due date were sent notification on October 26, 2018, 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, may also have been required to file a 12-Day Pre-General Report. Those committee names are not published by the Commission.
Further Commission action against non-filers and late filers is decided on a case-by-case basis. Federal law gives the Commission broad authority to initiate enforcement actions, and the Commission 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.###