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The Federal Election Commission requests comments on whether to begin a rulemaking to revise its regulations in 11 CFR chapter I to address contributions and expenditures made by electronic means, such as by credit card, debit card, Internet-based payment processing, and text messaging; to eliminate or update references to outdated technologies; and similar issues. The Commission intends to review the comments received as it decides what revisions, if any, it will propose making to its rules.
Public Availability of Federal Election Commission, Procurement Division FY 2012 Service Contract Inventory
In accordance with Section 743 of Division C of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), FEC PROCUREMENT DIVISION is publishing this notice to advise the public of the availability of the FY 2011 Service Contract inventory. This inventory provides information on service contract actions over $25,000 that were made in FY 2012. The information is organized by function to show how contracted resources are distributed throughout the agency. The inventory has been developed in accordance with guidance issued on December 19, 2011 by the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). OFPP's guidance is available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/procurement /memo/ service-contract-inventories-guidance-11052010.pdf. The FEC Procurement Division has posted its inventory and a summary of the inventory on the FEC homepage at the following link: http:// www.fec.gov/pages/procure/procure.shtml.
The South Carolina Green Party will select their party's nominee at a Special Party Convention on March 9, 2013. Committees required to file reports in connection with the Special Green Party Convention shall file a 12-day Pre-Convention Report.
Massachusetts has scheduled special elections on April 30, 2013, and June 25, 2013, to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Secretary John F. Kerry. Committees required to file reports in connection with the Special Primary Election on April 30, 2013, shall file a 12-day Pre-Primary Report. Committees required to file reports in connection with both the Special Primary and Special General Election on June 25, 2013, shall file a 12-day Pre-Primary Report, 12-day Pre-General, and a 30-day Post-General Report.
Missouri has scheduled a Special General Election on June 4, 2013, to fill the U.S. House seat in the Eighth Congressional District vacated by Representative Jo Ann Emerson. Committees required to file reports in connection with the Special General Election on June 4, 2013, shall file a 12-day Pre-General Report, and a 30-day Post-General Report.
South Carolina has scheduled special elections to fill the U.S. House seat in the 1st Congressional District vacated by Senator Tim Scott. There are three possible special elections, but only two may be necessary. Primary Election: March 19, 2013. Possible Runoff Election: April 2, 2013. In the event that one candidate does not achieve a majority vote in his/her party's Special Primary Election, the top two vote-getters will participate in a Special Runoff Election. General Election: May 7, 2013.
The Federal Election Commission is requesting comment on certain aspects of its enforcement process. First and foremost, the Commission welcomes public comment on whether this agency is doing an effective job in enforcing the Act and Commission regulations. Additionally, the Commission is currently reviewing and seeks public comment on: Its policies, practices, and procedures during the enforcement process stage set forth in 2 U.S.C. 437g(a)(1), prior to the Commission's determination of whether there is ``reason to believe'' that a person has committed, or is about to commit, a violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, 2 U.S.C. 431 et seq. (``FECA'' or ``the Act'') and/or the Commission's implementing regulations; and the Commission's authority under 2 U.S.C. 437g(a)(5) to seek civil penalties from respondents pursuant to a finding of ``probable cause to believe'' that a respondent has violated the Act and/or Commission regulations, as well as the Commission's practice of seeking civil penalties prior to a finding of probable cause.
Illinois has scheduled elections on February 26, 2013, and April 9, 2013, to fill the U.S. House seat in the 2nd Congressional District vacated by Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. Committees required to file reports in connection with the Special Primary Election on February 26, 2013, shall file a 12-day Pre-Primary Report. Committees required to file reports in connection with both the Special Primary and Special General Election on April 9, 2013, shall file a 12- day Pre-Primary Report, a 12-day Pre-General Report, and a 30-day Post- General Report.
The Commission is proposing new rules addressing the treatment of limited liability partnerships (``LLPs'') for purposes of the Federal Election Campaign Act (``FECA'' or the ``Act''). LLPs are created under State law and share certain characteristics with both partnerships and corporations. The Commission is considering treating all LLPs that have opted for Federal corporate tax treatment pursuant to the Internal Revenue Service's ``check the box'' provisions, as corporations for purposes of the Act. The Commission has made no final decision on the issues presented in this rulemaking. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
On October 5, 2012, the Commission received a Petition for Rulemaking from the Center for Individual Freedom. See REG 2012-01 Electioneering Communications Reporting (2012). The Petition urges the Commission to revise the regulations regarding the reporting of electioneering communications.
Kentucky has scheduled a general election on November 6, 2012, to fill the U.S. House seat in the Fourth Congressional District vacated by Representative Geoff Davis. Committees required to file reports in connection with the Special General Election on November 6, 2012, shall file a 12-day Pre-General Report, and a 30-day Post-General Report.