Filing Dates for the Pennsylvania Special Election in the 2nd Congressional District
Pennsylvania has scheduled a special general election on November 8, 2016, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the 2nd Congressional District vacated by Representative Chaka Fattah. Committees required to file reports in connection with the Special General Election on November 8, 2016, shall file a 12-day Pre-General Report, and a 30-day Post-General Report.
Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustments
As required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, the Federal Election Commission is adopting interim final rules to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties established under the Federal Election Campaign Act, the Presidential Election Campaign Fund Act, and the Presidential Primary Matching Payment Account Act. The civil monetary penalties being adjusted are those negotiated by the Commission or imposed by a court for certain statutory violations; and those imposed by the Commission for late filing of or failure to file certain reports required by the Federal Election Campaign Act. The adjusted civil monetary penalties are calculated according to a statutory formula and the adjusted amounts will apply to penalties assessed after the effective date of these rules.
Technical Amendments and Corrections
The Commission is making technical corrections to various sections of its regulations.
Policy Statement Regarding a Program for Requesting Consideration of Legal Questions by the Commission
The Federal Election Commission (``Commission'') adopted a program on August 1, 2011, providing for a means by which persons and entities may have a legal question considered by the Commission earlier in both the report review process and the audit process. On October 23, 2013, the Commission revised this policy to provide an alternative electronic means to file a request with the Commission. This new policy is identical to the October 23, 2013 program, except that it makes two modifications: (1) To clarify that requests for consideration be submitted to the Commission Secretary to ensure that such request are processed in timely manner, and (2) to build five business days into the program to allow time for informal resolution of matters.
Price Index Adjustments for Expenditure Limitations and Lobbyist Bundling Disclosure Threshold
As mandated by provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act (``the Act''), the Federal Election Commission (``the Commission'') is adjusting certain expenditure limitations and the lobbyist bundling disclosure threshold set forth in the Act, to index the amounts for inflation. Additional details appear in the supplemental information that follows.
Filing Dates for the Ohio Special Elections in the 8th Congressional District
Ohio has scheduled special elections on March 15, 2016, and June 7, 2016, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the 8th Congressional District vacated by Representative John Boehner. Committees required to file reports in connection with the Special Primary Election on March 15, 2016, shall file a 12-day Pre-Primary Report. Committees required to file reports in connection with both the Special Primary and the Special General Election on June 7, 2016, shall file a 12-day Pre-Primary Report, 12-day Pre-General Report and a Post- General Report.
The Commission announces its disposition of a Petition for Rulemaking (``petition'') filed on September 11, 2014, by Level the Playing Field. The petition asks the Commission to amend its regulation on candidate debates to revise the criteria governing the inclusion of candidates in presidential and vice presidential candidate debates. The Commission is not initiating a rulemaking at this time.