Federal Election Commission 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Electioneering Communications
Document Number: 05-24297
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-12-21
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is amending its rules defining ``electioneering communication'' under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (``FECA'' or the ``Act''). The changes modify the definition of ``publicly distributed'' and the exemptions to the definition of ``electioneering communication'' consistent with the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Shays v. FEC, portions of which were affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Specifically, the changes eliminate the exemption from the electioneering communication provisions for certain tax-exempt organizations and revise the definition of ``publicly distributed,'' a term used in the regulatory definition of ``electioneering communication.'' The Commission is not adopting any other regulatory exemptions considered in this rulemaking. The Commission is also deferring further consideration of a proposed exemption for advertisements promoting films, books and plays until after completing the rulemakings that respond to Shays v. FEC. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Extension of Administrative Fines Program
Document Number: 05-24296
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-12-21
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Section 721 of the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, Judiciary, District of Columbia, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 (``2006 Appropriations Act'') amended the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2000, to extend the expiration date for the Administrative Fines Program (``AFP''). Under the AFP, the Federal Election Commission (``Commission'') may assess civil monetary penalties for violations of the reporting requirements of section 434(a) of the Federal Election Campaign Act (``Act'' or ``FECA''). Accordingly, the Commission is extending the applicability of its rules and penalty schedules in implementing the AFP. Further information is provided in the Supplementary Information that follows.
State, District, and Local Party Committee Payment of Certain Salaries and Wages
Document Number: 05-24249
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-12-20
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is amending its rules to revise the method by which State, district and local party committees (collectively ``State party committees'') may pay salaries and wages of employees who spend 25 percent or less of their compensated time in a month on Federal election activity or activity in connection with Federal elections (``Federal-related activity'' or ``Federal-related activities''). These final rules implement the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Shays v. FEC, which held that the Commission had not provided an adequate explanation for its former rules under the Administrative Procedure Act. The Commission is also changing its requirements regarding the method State party committees use to pay for employees' fringe benefits and clarifying its rules regarding the use of funds raised in joint Federal and non-Federal fundraising events. Further information is provided in the Supplementary Information that follows.
Coordinated Communications
Document Number: E5-7293
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-12-14
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission requests comment on proposed revisions to its regulations regarding communications that have been coordinated with Federal candidates and political party committees. The Commission's current rules set out a three-prong test for determining whether a communication is ``coordinated'' with, and therefore an in- kind contribution to, a Federal candidate or a political party committee. In Shays v. FEC, the Court of Appeals invalidated one aspect of the so-called content prong of the coordinated communications test, because the court believed that the Commission had not provided adequate explanation and justification for the current rules under the Administrative Procedure Act. To comply with the decision of the Court of Appeals, and to address other issues involving the coordinated communication rules, the Commission is issuing this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. No final decision has been made by the Commission on the issues presented in this rulemaking. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 05-23838
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-08
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 05-23577
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-01
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 05-23413
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-28
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
$5,000 Exemption for Disbursements of Levin Funds by State, District, and Local Party Committees and Organizations
Document Number: 05-22778
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-17
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is eliminating from its regulations an exemption allowing State, district, and local committees and organizations of a political party to use only Levin funds to pay for certain types of Federal election activity aggregating $5,000 or less in a calendar year. In Shays v. FEC, the District Court invalidated the exemption and remanded the regulation to the Commission for further action consistent with the court's opinion. The Commission appealed this ruling, and the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed the District Court's decision. The repeal of this rule means that State, district, and local political party committees and organizations must pay for these specific types of Federal election activity either entirely with Federal funds, or with a mix of Federal funds and Levin funds. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Sunshine Act; Meetings
Document Number: 05-22565
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-10
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-22275
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-07
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting Notice
Document Number: 05-21579
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-27
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Electioneering Communications
Document Number: 05-20866
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-19
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is announcing a public hearing on the proposed changes to its rule defining ``electioneering communications'' under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended.
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-20637
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-13
Agency: Department of Federal Election Commission, Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 05-20295
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-06
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-19763
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-19638
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-29
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Definitions of “Solicit” and “Direct''
Document Number: 05-19330
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-28
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission requests comments on proposed revisions to its definitions of the terms ``to solicit'' and ``to direct'' for its regulations on raising and spending Federal and non- Federal funds. Current Commission regulations define ``to solicit'' as ``to ask that another person make a contribution, donation, transfer of funds, or otherwise provide anything of value.'' The regulations define ``to direct'' as ``to ask a person who has expressed an intent to make a contribution, donation, or transfer of funds, or to provide anything of value, to make that contribution, donation, or transfer of funds, or to provide that thing of value.'' These rules were challenged in Shays v. FEC. Upholding a District Court decision, the Court of Appeals held that the Commission's definitions of ``to solicit'' and ``to direct'' were invalid because they violated Congress's intent. The Commission has filed a petition for a rehearing en banc of the Court of Appeals decision. At the same time, to comply with the decisions of the District Court and the Court of Appeals, the Commission is issuing this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding its definitions of ``to solicit'' and ``to direct.'' No final decision has been made by the Commission on the issues presented in this rulemaking. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-19075
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-22
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 05-18409
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-15
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
State, District, and Local Party Committee Payment of Certain Salaries and Wages
Document Number: 05-17156
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-30
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This notice reopens the comment period for a notice of proposed rulemaking for proposed changes to regulations regarding payments by State, district or local party committees for salaries and wages of employees who spend 25 percent or less of their compensated time in a month on activities in connection with a Federal election. The proposed changes would require these expenses to be paid using at least some Federal funds, consistent with the rulings of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Shays v. Federal Election Commission.
Definition of Federal Election Activity
Document Number: 05-17155
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-30
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This notice reopens the comment period for a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend the definition of ``Federal election activity.'' The comment period will be open for thirty days. The NPRM includes proposals that would retain the existing definition of ``voter registration activity'' and modify the existing definitions of ``get- out-the-vote activity'' and ``voter identification'' to conform Commission rules to the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Shays v. Federal Election Commission.
Filing Dates For the California Special Election in the 48th Congressional District
Document Number: 05-16948
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-26
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
California has scheduled a special general election on October 4, 2005, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the Forty- Eighth Congressional District vacated by Representative Christopher Cox. Under California law, a majority winner in a special election is declared elected. Should no candidate achieve a majority vote, a special runoff election will be held on December 6, 2005, among the top vote-getters of each qualified political party, including qualified independent candidates. Committees participating in the California special elections are required to file pre- and post-election reports. Filing dates for these reports are affected by whether one or two elections are held.
Electioneering Communications
Document Number: 05-16785
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-24
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is seeking comment on proposed changes to its rule defining ``electioneering communications'' under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (``FECA''). The proposed changes would modify the definition of ``publicly distributed'' and the exemptions to the definition of ``electioneering communications'' consistent with the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Shays v. FEC, portions of which were affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. With regard to possible exemptions, the Commission is considering a range of options, including: Retaining the section 501(c)(3) organization exemption and the State candidate exemption; narrowing the section 501(c)(3) organization exemption; repealing the two current exemptions for section 501(c)(3) organizations and State candidates; and replacing all of the current exemptions with a broad new exemption covering all communications that do not promote, support, attack or oppose a Federal candidate. The Commission has made no final decision on the issues presented in this rulemaking. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 05-16029
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-11
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 05-15543
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-04
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 05-15068
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-28
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
State, District, and Local Party Committee Payment of Certain Salaries and Wages; Definition of Federal Election Activity
Document Number: 05-14508
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-07-22
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is announcing public hearings on the following rulemakings: The proposed rules regarding payments by State, district or local party committees for salaries and wages of employees who spend 25 percent or less of their compensated time in a month on Federal election activity and activity in connection with Federal elections; and proposed rules defining Federal election activity.
Payroll Deductions by Member Corporations for Contributions to a Trade Association's Separate Segregated Fund
Document Number: 05-14318
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-21
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is amending its rules regarding contributions to the separate segregated fund (``SSF'') of a trade association by employee-stockholders and executive and administrative personnel of corporations that are members of the trade association (collectively, ``solicitable class employees''). The revised rules will no longer prohibit corporate members of a trade association from using a payroll deduction or check-off system for employee contributions to the trade association's SSF. Instead, these final rules will allow a corporate member of a trade association to provide incidental services to collect and forward contributions from its solicitable class employees to the SSF of the trade association, including use of a payroll deduction or check-off system, upon written request of the trade association. These final rules will also require any member corporation that provides incidental services for contributions to a trade association's SSF, as well as the corporation's subsidiaries, divisions, branches and affiliates, to provide the same services for contributions to the SSF of any labor organization that represents members working for the corporation, or the corporation's subsidiaries, divisions, branches or affiliates, upon written request of the labor organization and at a cost not to exceed actual expenses incurred. Additional information appears in the Supplementary Information that follows.
Sunshine Act; Meetings
Document Number: 05-14013
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-14
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 05-13505
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-07
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Candidate Solicitation at State, District, and Local Party Fundraising Events
Document Number: 05-12863
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-30
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is publishing a revised Explanation and Justification for its rule regarding appearances by Federal officeholders and candidates at State, district, and local party fundraising events under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (``FECA''). The rule, which is not being amended, contains an exemption permitting Federal officeholders and candidates to speak at State, district, and local party fundraising events ``without restriction or regulation.'' These revisions to the Explanation and Justification conform to the decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Shays v. FEC. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Sunshine Act; Meetings
Document Number: 05-12547
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-23
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act; Meeting
Document Number: 05-12025
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-16
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Inflation Adjustments for Civil Monetary Penalties
Document Number: 05-11790
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-15
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission (``Commission'') is adopting final rules to apply inflation adjustments to certain civil monetary penalties under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (``FECA''), the Presidential Election Campaign Fund Act and the Presidential Primary Matching Payment Account Act. The civil penalties being adjusted are for (1) certain violations of these statutes that are not knowing and willful, involving contributions and expenditures; (2) knowing and willful violations of the prohibition against the making of a contribution in the name of another; (3) knowing and willful violations of the confidentiality provisions of FECA; and (4) failure to file timely 48-hour notices. No other civil penalties are being adjusted. These adjustments are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Travel on Behalf of Candidates and Political Committees
Document Number: 05-11422
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-09
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission is announcing the effective date for amendments to the regulations regarding the proper rates and timing for payment for travel on behalf of Presidential candidates during the general election on means of transportation that are not offered for commercial passenger service, including government conveyances. The publication of these final rules in the Federal Register occurred on December 15, 2003 and included an announcement that the effective date would be published at a later date once the regulations had been before Congress for 30 legislative days pursuant to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund Act. Publication of the effective date notice was inadvertently delayed. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Sunshine Act; Meetings
Document Number: 05-11131
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-02
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Filing Dates for the Ohio Special Election in the 2nd Congressional District
Document Number: 05-9774
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-17
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Ohio has scheduled special elections on June 14, 2005, and August 2, 2005, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the 2nd Congressional District vacated by Representative Rob Portman. Committees required to file reports in connection with the Special Primary Election on June 14, 2005, 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 August 2, 2005, shall file a 12-day Pre-Primary Report, a 12-day Pre-General Report, and a Post-General Report.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 05-9734
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-13
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Definition of Federal Election Activity
Document Number: 05-8864
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-04
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission seeks comments on proposed changes to its rules defining ``Federal election activity'' under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (``FECA''). The proposed changes would retain the existing definition of ``voter registration activity'' and modify the existing definitions of ``get- out-the-vote activity'' and ``voter identification'' consistent with the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Shays v. FEC. The Commission has made no final decision on the issues presented in this rulemaking. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
State, District, and Local Party Committee Payment of Certain Salaries and Wages
Document Number: 05-8863
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-04
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is seeking comment on proposed changes to regulations regarding payments by State, district or local party committees for salaries and wages of employees who spend 25 percent or less of their compensated time in a month on Federal election activity and activity in connection with Federal elections. Currently, these committees may use funds whose only restriction is that they comply with State law. The proposed changes would require these expenses to be paid using at least some Federal funds, consistent with the ruling of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in Shays v. Federal Election Commission. The Commission is appealing this ruling to the DC Circuit. In the interim, the Commission is initiating this rulemaking. The Commission has not made any final decision on the issues presented in this rulemaking. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 05-8582
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-28
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Candidate Solicitation at State, District and Local Party Fundraising Events; Definition of “Agent” for BCRA Regulations; Payroll Deductions By Member Corporations for Contributions to a Trade Association's Separate Segregated Fund
Document Number: 05-8109
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-04-25
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is announcing public hearings on the following rulemakings: The proposed revision to the Commission's regulations on candidate solicitation at State, district and local party fundraising events; the proposed revision of the definition of ``agent'' for the Commission's regulations on non-Federal funds and coordinated and independent expenditures; and the proposed revision to the Commission's regulations on payroll deductions by member corporations for contributions to a trade association's separate segregated fund. The Commission plans to consider final rules for these three rulemakings in an open session scheduled for June 23, 2005.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 05-8151
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-21
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting Notices
Document Number: 05-7533
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-13
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Internet Communications
Document Number: 05-6521
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-04-04
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission requests comments on proposed changes to its rules that would include paid advertisements on the Internet in the definition of ``public communication.'' These changes to the Commission's rules would implement the recent decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Shays v. Federal Election Commission, which held that the current definition of ``public communication'' impermissibly excludes all Internet communications. Comment is also sought on the related definition of ``generic campaign activity'' and on proposed changes to the disclaimer regulations. Additionally, comment is sought on proposed new exceptions to the definitions of ``contribution'' and ``expenditure'' for certain Internet activities and communications that would qualify as individual volunteer activity or that would qualify for the ``press exemption.'' These proposals are intended to ensure that political committees properly finance and disclose their Internet communications, without impeding individual citizens from using the Internet to speak freely regarding candidates and elections. The Commission has made no final decision on the issues raised in this rulemaking. Further information appears in the supplementary information that follows.
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-6519
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-5479
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-18
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Filing Documents by Priority Mail, Express Mail, and Overnight Delivery Service
Document Number: 05-5391
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-18
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is promulgating amended rules regarding the timely filing of designations, reports, and statements. Under these final rules, the Commission will consider certain documents to be filed prior to actual receipt, if such documents are sent using Priority Mail, Express Mail, or delivered by an overnight delivery service. Further information is provided in the Supplementary Information that follows.
Political Party Committees Donating Funds to Certain Tax-Exempt Organizations and Political Organizations
Document Number: 05-5159
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-16
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is revising its regulations governing donations made or directed by national, State, district, and local political party committees to certain tax-exempt organizations and political organizations. The final rules allow these political party committees to make or direct donations of Federal funds to certain 501(c) tax-exempt organizations and certain 527 political organizations. These revisions conform the Commission's rules to the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in McConnell v. Federal Election Commission, which included a narrowing construction of section 101 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Price Index Increases for Expenditure and Contribution Limitations
Document Number: 05-4580
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-09
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
As mandated by provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (``BCRA''), the Federal Election Commission (``FEC'' or ``the Commission'') is adjusting certain expenditure and contribution limitations set forth in the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (``FECA'' or ``the Act''), to account for increases in the consumer price index. This notice corrects certain information regarding the effective periods for changes to contribution limits under FECA that was published in the Commission's notice appearing in the February 10, 2005, Federal Register. Additional details appear in the supplemental information that follows.