Advisory Opinion Comment Procedures
The Commission announces its disposition of a Petition for Rulemaking. The Petition asked the Commission to modify its regulation on written comments on advisory opinion requests to provide time for the public to comment on drafts of advisory opinions before the Commission votes on the drafts. For the reasons described in detail below, the Commission is not initiating a rulemaking at this time.
Size of Letters in Disclaimers
The Commission announces its disposition of a Petition for Rulemaking filed on December 4, 2018, by Extreme Reach. The Petition asks the Commission to amend its regulation on the size of letters in disclaimers in certain television advertisements such that the required letter size for advertisements broadcast in high definition would be reduced. Because changing the Commission's regulations as requested in the Petition would create a direct conflict with regulations of the Federal Communications Commission, the Commission is not initiating a rulemaking at this time.
Filing Dates for the California Senate Special Election
California has scheduled special elections on March 5, 2024, and November 5, 2024, to fill the remainder of the late Senator Dianne Feinstein's unexpired U.S. Senate term, which ends on January 3, 2025. Committees required to file reports in connection with the Special Primary Election on March 5, 2024, 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 November 5, 2024, shall file a 12-day Pre-Primary, a 12-day Pre-General, and a 30-day Post-General Report.
Request for Public Comment on Improvements To Report Filing Processes and Website Usability
The Commission seeks public comment on ways to improve its report filing processes and public-facing website.
Agency Procedure Regarding Litigation
The Federal Election Commission is adopting a procedure governing its actions in litigation.
Artificial Intelligence in Campaign Ads
The Commission announces its receipt of a Petition for Rulemaking filed by Public Citizen. The Petition asks the Commission to amend its regulation on fraudulent misrepresentation of campaign authority to make clear that the related statutory prohibition applies to deliberately deceptive Artificial Intelligence campaign ads.
Filing Dates for the Utah Special Election in the 2nd Congressional District
Utah has scheduled a Special General Election on November 21, 2023, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the 2nd Congressional District being vacated by Representative Chris Stewart. A Special Primary Election, if necessary, will be held on September 5, 2023. Under Utah law, partisan candidates can seek nomination at their party's convention and/or gather signatures to appear on the primary election ballot. Political committees participating in the Utah special elections are required to file pre- and post-election reports. Filing deadlines for these reports are affected by whether one or two elections are held.
Filing Dates for the Rhode Island Special Election in the 1st Congressional District
Rhode Island has scheduled special elections on September 5, 2023, and November 7, 2023, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the 1st Congressional District vacated by the Representative David N. Cicilline. Committees required to file reports in connection with the Special Primary Election on September 5, 2023, 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 November 7, 2023, shall file a 12-day Pre-Primary, a 12-day Pre- General, and a 30-day Post-General Report.
Contributions in the Name of Another
The Commission is removing the regulatory prohibition on knowingly helping or assisting any person in making a contribution in the name of another. The Commission is taking this action to implement the order of the United States District Court in FEC v. Swallow, which enjoined the Commission from enforcing the provision and ordered the Commission to strike it from the Code of Federal Regulations. The Commission is accepting comments on this revision to its regulations and any comments received may be addressed in a subsequent rulemaking document.
2024 Presidential Candidate Matching Fund Submission Dates and Post Date of Ineligibility Dates To Submit Statements of Net Outstanding Campaign Obligations
The Federal Election Commission is publishing matching fund submission dates for publicly funded 2024 presidential primary candidates. Eligible candidates may present one submission and/or resubmission per month on the designated date. The Commission is also publishing the dates on which publicly funded 2024 presidential primary candidates must submit their statements of net outstanding campaign obligations after their dates of ineligibility. Candidates are required to submit a statement of net outstanding campaign obligations prior to each regularly scheduled date on which they receive Federal matching funds, on dates set forth in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below.
Reports Analysis Division Legal Question Resolution Program
The Federal Election Commission (``Commission'') adopted a program in 2011, which was last revised in 2019, providing for a means by which persons may have a legal question considered by the Commission earlier in both the report review process and the audit process. Because the Commission is separately adopting a new audit process, it is revising the policy for the legal question program to narrow its scope to encompass only legal questions arising from requests for corrective action made by the Commission's Reports Analysis Division.
Audit Process for Committees That Do Not Receive Public Funds
The Federal Election Commission is revising its procedures for how it conducts audits of political committees that do not receive public funds.
Memorandum of Understanding Regarding the Enforcement of Federal Campaign Finance Laws
The purpose of the below MOU is to promote the enforcement of the Federal campaign finance laws and to establish guidelines for the FEC and the DOJ to engage in parallel proceedings, share information in appropriate circumstances, and otherwise properly advance the missions of both agencies subject to all relevant legal and ethical constraints informed by mutual respect of the independence of each agency.