Rulemaking Petition: Amending the Definition of Contribution To Include “Valuable Information”
On April 29, 2019, the Federal Election Commission received a Petition for Rulemaking asking the Commission to amend the existing regulation defining ``contribution.'' The Commission seeks comments on the Petition.
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. On May 13, 2016, the Commission further revised this policy to clarify that requests for consideration must be submitted to the Commission Secretary to ensure that such requests are processed in a timely manner, and to build five business days into the program to allow time for the informal resolution of matters. The Commission is now republishing the policy to reflect the Commission's new mailing address. The Commission, however, is not making any substantive changes to the policy published on May 13, 2016.
Point of Entry for All Campaign Finance Reports; Correction
On May 2, 2019, the Federal Election Commission revised Commission regulations regarding the point of entry for filing campaign finance reports. That document inadvertently contained technical language having the effect of removing a portion of one of the regulations. This document corrects the final regulations.
Point of Entry for All Campaign Finance Reports
Congress amended the Federal Election Campaign Act (``FECA'') to require all reports, designations, and notices mandated by FECA to be filed with the Federal Election Commission. Previously, Senate candidates and certain political committees were required to file such reports, designations, and notices with the Secretary of the Senate. The Commission is amending its regulations to implement this new statutory requirement. The Commission is accepting comments on this revision to its regulations and comments received may be addressed in a subsequent rulemaking document.
Filing Dates for the North Carolina Special Election in the 9th Congressional District
North Carolina has scheduled special elections to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the 9th Congressional District.
Filing Dates for the North Carolina Special Election in the 3rd Congressional District
North Carolina has scheduled special elections to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the 3rd Congressional District held by the late Representative Walter B. Jones Jr.
Filing Dates for the Pennsylvania Special Election in the 12th Congressional District
Pennsylvania has scheduled a special general election on May 21, 2019, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the 12th Congressional District vacated by Representative Thomas A. Marino. Political committees participating in the Pennsylvania special general election are required to file pre- and post-election reports. The Commission is not requiring pre-election reports for candidates and committees involved in the special nominating caucuses due to time constraints.
Rulemaking Petition; Size of Letters in Disclaimers
On December 4, 2018, the Federal Election Commission received a Petition for Rulemaking asking the Commission to amend the existing regulation pertaining to the size of letters in disclaimers on television ads. The Commission seeks comments on the petition.
Price Index Adjustments for Contribution and 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 contribution and 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.
Definition of Contribution; Extension of Comment Period
On January 31, 2019, the Federal Election Commission extended the comment period on the Notification of Availability for the Rulemaking Petition: Definition of Contribution (``NOA''), which sought comment on whether to begin a rulemaking to revise its regulations defining the term ``contribution'' in light of a recent district court decision in Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. Federal Election Commission. The Commission has decided to extend the comment period in light of the recent partial government shutdown.
Rulemaking Petition: Advisory Opinion Procedures; Extension of Comment Period
On January 31, 2019, the Federal Election Commission extended the comment period on the Notification of Availability for the Rulemaking Petition: Advisory Opinion Procedures, which sought comment on whether to begin a rulemaking to establish specific time periods for the submission of public comments on drafts of advisory opinions. The Commission has decided to extend the comment period in light of the recent partial government shutdown.
Civil Monetary Penalties Annual Inflation Adjustments
As required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, the Federal Election Commission is adjusting 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.
Reporting Multistate Independent Expenditures and Electioneering Communications
The Commission is adopting final rules to address reporting of independent expenditures and electioneering communications that relate to presidential primary elections and that are publicly distributed in multiple states but that do not refer to any particular state's primary election.