Candidate Solicitation at State, District, and Local Party Fundraising Events
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.
Inflation Adjustments for Civil Monetary Penalties
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
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.