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  • Weekly Digests

Week of August 3-7, 2020

August 7, 2020

Commission meetings and hearings

No open meetings or executive sessions were scheduled this week.

Advisory Opinions

Supplemental Material Received

Advisory Opinion Request 2020-04 (Joan Farr for U.S. Senate)

On August 7, the Commission made public Supplemental Material from the Requestor. The request asks whether the candidate may reward persons who make contributions to Joan Farr for U.S. Senate with copies of a book authored by the candidate.

Enforcement

The Commission made public eight closed cases, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

MUR 7515

COMPLAINANTS: Neal Dikeman and Neal Dikeman for Senate
RESPONDENTS: CNN Broadcasting, Inc.; and Beto for Texas and Gwendolyn L. Pulido, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that CNN made, and the Committee accepted, a prohibited in-kind corporate contribution when CNN aired a “town hall” interview with Beto O’Rourke, in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act). O’Rourke was a 2018 candidate for the United States Senate from Texas.
DISPOSITION: The Commission found no reason to believe either that CNN made a prohibited contribution by sponsoring the town hall or that the Committee accepted a prohibited contribution by participating in the broadcast. The Commission concluded that CNN’s sponsorship and airing of the town hall was covered by the Act’s so-called press exemption, which exempts from the definition of “contribution” and “expenditure” “[a]ny cost incurred in covering or carrying a news story, commentary, or editorial by any broadcasting station . . . unless the facility is owned or controlled by any political party, political committee, or candidate.” Noting that it has previously recognized CNN as a press entity that produces news stories on a regular basis and is not owned or controlled by a political party, political committee, or federal candidate, the Commission concluded that it appeared that CNN was acting in its legitimate press function when it aired the O’Rourke town hall.

MUR 7555

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: America Comes First PAC and David W. Schamens, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to timely file two 48-hour reports of independent expenditures that it made in October 2016 in support of a presidential candidate.
DISPOSITION: The Commission entered into a conciliation agreement providing for the Committee to pay a civil penalty of $2,000 for failing to timely file one 48-hour report of an independent expenditure in the amount of $18,282.60.

MUR 7565

COMPLAINANT: Jennifer Bachand-Halvorson
RESPONDENT: Irasema Hernandez
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that Hernandez was a 2018 candidate for the United States Senate from Texas but failed to file any disclosure reports with the Commission. The complaint also alleged that Hernandez is again running for Senate in 2020 but has failed to file any disclosure reports for that election.
DISPOSITION: The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the matter in consideration of Commission priorities.

MUR 7568

COMPLAINANT: Campaign Legal Center
RESPONDENTS: Alpha Marine Services Holdings, LLC (Alpha); and Congressional Leadership Fund and Caleb Crosby, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that Alpha, a federal government contractor, impermissibly made a $100,000 contribution to the Committee, an independent expenditure-only committee, thereby violating the Act’s prohibition on federal government contractor contributions.
DISPOSITION: The Commission entered into a conciliation agreement providing for Alpha to pay a civil penalty of $17,000.

MUR 7599

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Nevada State Democratic Party and Jan Churchill, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to disclose $3,313,114.97 in receipts and disbursements on its 2016 30-Day Post-General Report.
DISPOSITION: The Commission entered into a conciliation agreement providing for the Committee to pay a civil penalty of $34,000.

MUR 7612

COMPLAINANT: Jhamarcus Pharaoh
RESPONDENTS: Ready for Kamala Harris (the Committee); and Keyantwon Stephens
SUBJECT: The complainant alleged that the Committee and Stephens, who served as the designated agent and custodian of records for the Committee, used his name as treasurer on the Committee’s Statement of Organization without his permission.
DISPOSITION: The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the complaint in consideration of Commission priorities.

MUR 7625

COMPLAINANT: Nathan Dahlin
RESPONDENTS: Joey Nations for Congress and Charlotte Nations, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee); and Joey Nations
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that Nations failed to register as a candidate for the 2020 election, despite claiming to be a candidate and soliciting donations in person and on social media since at least December 2018. The complaint also alleged that the Committee failed to file an FEC Form 6 within 48 hour after the Committee’s receipt of a $1,000 contribution. Nations is a 2020 candidate for Oregon’s 5th Congressional District.
DISPOSITION: The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the complaint in consideration of Commission priorities.

MUR 7673

COMPLAINANT: James R. Thompson
RESPONDENTS: Raul Campillo for City Council District 7 2020 and Taryn Vogel, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee); Raul Campillo; Joel Delgado Alvarez; Alejandro Campillo; Campillo Food Services, Inc.; and Denny’s Inc.
SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that the Committee, which was Raul Campillo’s campaign committee for a seat on the San Diego City Council, accepted $200 in contributions from Alvarez, an alleged foreign national.
DISPOSITION: The Commission found no reason to believe that the Committee violated the Act, as the available record indicated that Alvarez was a lawful permanent resident of the United States.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Commission made public 21 closed cases, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

ADR 914

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Idaho State Democratic Party and LeRoy Hayes, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to disclose all financial activity on its 2016 June Monthly Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) certify that a representative participated in an FEC training program and 2) pay a civil penalty of $4,525.

ADR 916

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: United Mine Workers of America Power PAC and Levi Allen, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to disclose all financial activity in its 2018 July Quarterly Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) develop and certify implementation of a compliance operations manual including internal controls and 2) pay a civil penalty of $9,000.

ADR 917

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: ELEVATE OHIO and Jeffrey A. Ruppert, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to disclose all financial activity on its 2018 October Quarterly Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) certify that a representative participated in an FEC training program and 2) pay a civil penalty of $1,955.

ADR 918

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Engineers Political Education Committee (EPEC)/International Union of Operating Engineers and Brian E. Hickey, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to disclose all financial activity on its 2018 12-Day Pre-General Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) certify the revision of its compliance manual, 2) certify that a representative participated in an FEC training program and 3) pay a civil penalty of $8,175.

ADR 919

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: LIUNA Minnesota & North Dakota/Laborers’ District Council of Minnesota & North Dakota and Tim Mackey, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to disclose all financial activity on its 2018 October Quarterly Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) certify that a representative participated in an FEC training program and 2) pay a civil penalty of $9,950.

ADR 921

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Scalise for Congress and Benjamin Ottenhoff, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to timely refund or redesignate excessive and prohibited contributions totaling $30,740 for the 2018 General Election.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) certify that a representative participated in an FEC training program and 2) pay a civil penalty of $2,300.

ADR 922

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: United We Can and Gerald Hudson, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to file a 24-Hour Report totaling $161,347.77 to support two independent expenditures disclosed on the 2018 30-Day Post-General Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) develop and certify implementation of a compliance operations manual and conduct an internal training; and 2) pay a civil penalty of $12,100.

ADR 924

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Working Michigan (SuperPac) and Zinnia Talabat, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to disclose all financial activity in its 2018 October Quarterly Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) develop and certify implementation of a compliance operations manual; 2) certify that a representative participated in an FEC training program; and 3) pay a civil penalty of $4,500.

ADR 925

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Massachusetts Republican Party and Brent Andersen, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to disclose newly incurred debts on its 2018 12-Day Pre-General Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) certify that a representative participated in an FEC training program and 2) pay a civil penalty of $5,450.

ADR 926

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Todos con Jenniffer Inc. DBA Jenniffer for Congress and Oriol Campos Hernandez, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to disclose all financial activity in its 2018 October Quarterly Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) certify that a representative participated in an FEC training program and 2) pay a civil penalty of $5,900.

ADR 927

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Michigan Republican Party and Carl Meyers, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to file a 24-Hour Report totaling $499,950 to support an independent expenditure disclosed on the 2018 30-Day Post-General Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) certify that all Committee staff involved with independent expenditures participated in FEC training and 2) pay a civil penalty of $37,500.

ADR 928

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Deaglan McEachern and Lori Tiernan, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to timely refund or redesignate excessive contributions totaling $45,854.00 designated for the 2018 Primary Election.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) pay a civil penalty of $3,450 and 2) certify the closure of its federal account and file a termination report, since the Committee wished to terminate its political committee status.

ADR 929

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Fair and Balanced PAC and Michael Lux, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee had failed to file three 24-Hour Reports totaling $30,500 supporting 18 independent expenditures that it disclosed on its 2018 30-Day Post-General Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed 1) to certify that a representative of the Committee participated in an FEC training program; and 2) to pay a civil penalty of $2,300.

ADR 930

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Conservative Triumph Fund and Ronald Ramirez, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to file a 24-Hour Report totaling $28,495.41 supporting five independent expenditures disclosed on an amended 2018 30-Day Post-General Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) develop and certify implementation of a compliance operations manual; 2) certify that a representative participated in an FEC training program; and 3) pay a civil penalty of $2,150.

ADR 931

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Patients for Affordable Drugs Action and Benjamin L. Wakana, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee had failed to timely file three 48-Hour Reports totaling $138,860.97 supporting five independent expenditures that it disclosed on its 2018 October Quarterly Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) certify that a representative of the Committee participated in an FEC training program; and 2) pay a civil penalty of $6,950.

ADR 932

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: For Our Future and Gail Stoltz, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to disclose all financial activity in its 2018 30-Day Post-General Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) certify that a representative of the Committee participated in an FEC training program; and 2) pay a civil penalty of $2,475.

ADR 936

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Taking Action for Suffolk County and Cindy Morris, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee had failed to timely file two 48-Hour Reports totaling $57,772.84 supporting 10 independent expenditures disclosed on its Amended 2018 12-Day Pre-General Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) certify that a representative of the Committee participated in an FEC training program regarding tracking and reporting of independent expenditures within 12 months; and 2) pay a civil penalty of $2,900.

ADR 937

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Planned Parenthood Votes and Vickie Barrow-Klein, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to timely file two 24-Hour Reports totaling $53,842.21 supporting three independent expenditures that it disclosed on its 2018 30-Day Post-General Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) certify that it had conducted an on-site training with those responsible for preparing and filing its reports within 12 months; and 2) pay a civil penalty of $4,000.

ADR 940

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Texans for Texas and David Terry, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee committed reporting errors and other violations of the Act during the 2017-2018 election cycle including failure to file reports and late filing, mathematical discrepancies, failure to provide supporting schedules, and independent expenditure reporting problems.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) certify the closure of its federal account and to file a termination report with the Commission within 90 days; and 2) pay a civil penalty of $3,175.

ADR 942

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Fight for Tomorrow and Matt L. Mackowiak, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to timely file one 48-Hour Report totaling $34,345.60 supporting five independent expenditures and two 24-Hour Reports totaling $7,070.80 supporting nine independent expenditures disclosed on its 2018 April Quarterly Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) certify that a representative of the Committee participated in an FEC training program; 2) develop and certify implementation of a compliance operations manual which includes internal controls; and 3) pay a civil penalty of $2,250.

ADR 954

COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Americans for Police and Trooper Safety and Paul Kutac, in his official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to timely file one 48-Hour Report totaling $60,000 supporting four independent expenditures disclosed on its 2019 July Quarterly Report.
DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) develop and certify implementation of a compliance operations manual which includes internal controls; 2) certify that a representative participated in an FEC training program; and 3) pay a civil penalty of $3,000.

Administrative Fines

The Commission made public 38 closed cases, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

AF 3490

Action Coalition PAC and Pam Mattson, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $667.

AF 3491

America Comes First PAC and David W. Schamens, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $19,136.

AF 3492

Border Health Federal PAC and Ernie Perez, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $8,505.

AF 3493

Broader Representation Advocacy Team - Political Action Committee and Jasper Hendricks, III, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and took no further action.

AF 3494

Casa in Action PAC and Melissa Guzman, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $6,586.

AF 3495

Concordia Political Action Committee, Inc., and Daniel T. King, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $157.

AF 3497

Eastern Washington Voters and Bryan E. Burke, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $421.

AF 3498

Grassroots Awareness PAC and Pam Mattson, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $667.

AF 3499

Marla Livengood foc Congress (sic) and Lysa Ray, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $698.

AF 3500

NY19Votes and Linda Sakai, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,200.

AF 3502

Protect Our Future and Pam Mattson, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $667.

AF 3503

State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO Political Action Fund) and James M. Smith, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,866.

AF 3504

Taking Action for Suffolk County and Cindy Morris, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $9,561.

AF 3505

Tatiana Matta for Congress and Tatiana Matta, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $7,088.

AF 3506

Voter Education and Pam Mattson, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $667.

AF 3507

Adam Bell Political Campaign and Louis Wiliam Zona, Jr., in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed no civil penalty.

AF 3508

Angie Chirino for Congress and Jorge Mirabent, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed no civil penalty.

AF 3509

Bill Hopkins for Congress and William E. Hopkins Jr., in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $333.

AF 3510

Billy Kovacs for Congress and Billy Kovacs, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $667.

AF 3512

Committee to Elect HP and Dounia Metouri, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $6,380.

AF 3513

Cori Bush for Congress and Cori Bush, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,200.

AF 3514

Das for Congress and Sean Smith, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $9,214.

AF 3515

Dorothy Gasque for Congress and Megan Jones, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $667.

AF 3516

Doug McLinko for Congress and Helen Santiago, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $31.

AF 3517

Dr. Kathie Allen for Congress and Kathryn Allen, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $333.

AF 3518

Ethan Pham for Congress and Jenny Nguyen, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed no civil penalty.

AF 3520

Friends of Eddie Sundquist and Elliot S. Raimondo, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $667.

AF 3521

Friends of Edwin Santana Jr. for Congress and Tracy Lee Santana, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $274.

AF 3522

Friends of Ray Linsenmayer and Ray Hamburger, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed no civil penalty.

AF 3524

Golden for Congress and Ian Golden, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,200.

AF 3525

Hart 2020 and Hart C. Cunningham, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed no civil penalty.

AF 3527

Josh Kimbrell for Congress and Frank Rogers, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $333.

AF 3529

Liberatore for Congress-2018 and Louis Baglietto Jr., in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed no civil penalty.

AF 3530

Mark Mackenzie for Congress and Ronald P. Geoffroy, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $268.

AF 3531

Marty Gearheart for Congress and Nishant Grover, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $3,828.

AF 3532

Morgan Dunn for Congress and Chris Dunn, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $472.

AF 3534

Omar Vaid for Congress and Omar Vaid, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $667.

AF 3619

Maria Elvira Salazar for Congress and Santiago Pujals, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $11,799.

Litigation

FEC v. Johnson (Case No. 15-439) On August 3, a Stipulation for Entry of Consent Judgment was filed by the Commission and the Defendant in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.

Level the Playing Field, et al. v. FEC (Case No. 19-5117) On August 6, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a Mandate.

Public Disclosure

The Commission’s Office of Inspector General made public its report Use of TRANServe Benefits During the FY 19 Government Shutdown.

Upcoming reporting due dates

August 20: August Monthly reports are due. For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2020 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.

The Commission has posted the filing deadlines for the Georgia 5th Congressional District Special Election. For information on the reporting dates for this election, refer to the Special Election Report Notice.

Upcoming educational programs

September 2, 2020: The Commission will host an Independent Expenditures and Pre-Election Communications webinar.

Additional information is available on the Educational Outreach page of the Commission website.

Updated election dates

For the latest reporting updates, please visit the Commission’s Dates and deadlines web page.

Status of agency operations

See the Commission’s statement on the status of agency operations, updated on August 3, 2020. At this stage, most agency staff remain in telework status and the Commission’s office remains closed to visitors.

Additional research materials

Contribution Limits. In addition to the current limits, the Commission has posted an archive of contribution limits that were in effect going back to the 1975-1976 election cycles.

Federal Elections 2018: Election Results for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives is available. The data was compiled from the official vote totals published by state election offices.

FEC Notify: Want to be notified by email when campaign finance reports are received by the agency? Sign up here.

Additional research materials about the agency, campaign finance information, and election results are available through the Library section of the Commission website.

The 2019 Combined Federal State Disclosure and Election Directory is available. 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.

The FEC Record is available as a continuously updated online news source.

Other election-related resources

Videos on protecting U.S. elections. The FBI’s Protected Voices initiative provides videos designed to help political campaigns protect themselves from foreign influence. The 2019 videos offer guidance on ransomware, business email compromise, supply chain, social media literacy, and foreign influence operations. Other videos, released in 2018, include cyber hygiene topics such as social engineering, patching, router hardening, and app and browser safety.

Join the FEC on Twitter and YouTube

Follow @FEC on Twitter to receive the latest information on agency updates, news releases, and weekly activity. Subscribe to our YouTube channel, FECTube: FECConnect on Demand, to watch instructional videos that have been designed to help candidates and committees comply with federal campaign finance laws. Note that the FEC is not currently available through other social media platforms at this time. The use of the agency’s logo, name, and likeness on other media has not been authorized by the FEC.

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