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  • Weekly Digests

Week of February 10-14, 2020

February 14, 2020

Commission meetings and hearings

On February 13, the Commission met in executive session.

Advisory Opinions

Request Received

Advisory Opinion Request 2020-01 (Nabilah for Georgia)

On February 10, 2020, the Commission made public Advisory Opinion Request 2020-01. The requestor, Nabilah for Georgia, the principal campaign committee of congressional candidate Nabilah Islam, asks whether the committee may use campaign funds to pay the cost of the candidate’s health insurance premiums while the candidate works full-time on her campaign and maintains no other employment. The Commission will accept written comments on the request during the 10-day period following publication of the request (no later than February 20, 2020) and must issue a response no later than 60 days after receipt of the complete request, that is, by April 10, 2020. The requestor has, however, granted the Commission an extension of time to issue its response to 30 days following the date that the Commission holds its first open meeting at which a quorum of at least four Commissioners is present.

Litigation

Lieu, et al. v. FEC (Case No. 19-5072) On February 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a Mandate.

Public disclosure

The Commission has posted the 2020 coordinated party expenditure limits, the lobbyist bundling disclosure reporting threshold for 2020, and the presidential spending limits for 2020.

Commissioner statements

On February 3, Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub filed a comment with the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding File No. S7-23-19.

Upcoming reporting due dates

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

Upcoming educational programs

February 25-26, 2020: The Commission will host a regional conference in San Antonio, TX for candidates, political party committees, and political action committees.

March 18, 2020: The Commission will host a webinar on independent expenditures.

March 25, 2020: The Commission will host a webinar for candidate committees.

Additional research materials

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. To order a printed copy, please contact the FEC’s Public Records Office at 800/424-9530 (option 2) or 202/694-1120, or send an email to pubrec@fec.gov.

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.

Printed copies of the 2019 edition of Title 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) are available. Contact the Commission's Information Division at (202) 694-1100 or (800) 424-9530 (press 6, when prompted) to order printed copies of the CFR at no charge. You may also email the Information Division to place an order at info@fec.gov.

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. To order a printed copy, please contact the FEC’s Public Records Office at 800/424-9530 (option 2) or 202/694-1120, or send an email to pubrec@fec.gov.

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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