Federal Election Commission 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Sunshine Act Meeting Notices
Document Number: 06-9815
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-20
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices Meeting
Document Number: 06-9721
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-14
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting Notices
Document Number: 06-9648
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-11
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Proposed Policy Regarding Self-Reporting of Campaign Finance Violations; (Sua Sponte Submissions)
Document Number: E6-20845
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-08
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission is seeking comments on a proposed policy statement to clarify and memorialize its approach to enforcement actions arising from self-reported violations (also known as sua sponte submissions). In order to encourage the self-reporting of violations about which the Commission would not otherwise have learned, the Commission proposes, in appropriate cases warranting such mitigation, to offer significantly lower penalties than the Commission would otherwise have sought in complaint-generated matters involving similar circumstances. The Commission is also outlining a new expedited procedure that it intends to use in a limited number of situations through which the Commission may allow individuals and organizations that self-report violations and that make a complete report of their internal investigation to proceed directly into conciliation prior to the Commission determining whether their conduct may have violated statutes or regulations within its jurisdiction. The proposed policy also addresses various issues that can arise in connection with parallel criminal, administrative or civil proceedings. The Commission requests comments on this proposed policy.
Proposed Policy Statement Establishing a Pilot Program for Probable Cause Hearings
Document Number: E6-20844
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-08
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission is issuing a proposed policy statement to establish a pilot program offering probable cause hearings to respondents in enforcement actions pending before the Commission. The pilot program would allow respondents to request a hearing directly before the Commission prior to the Commission's consideration of the General Counsel's probable cause recommendation. The program would provide respondents with the opportunity to present directly arguments to the Commission and give the Commission an opportunity to ask relevant questions. The Commission requests comments on this proposed pilot program.
Proposed Statement of Policy Regarding Treasurer's Best Efforts To Obtain, Maintain, and Submit Information as Required by the Federal Election Campaign Act
Document Number: E6-20752
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-08
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission (the ``Commission'') seeks comments on a proposal to clarify its enforcement policy with respect to the circumstances under which it intends to consider a political committee and its treasurer to be in compliance with the recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the Federal Election Campaign Act, as amended (``FECA''), based on the ``best efforts'' defense. Section 432(i) of Title 2 provides that when the treasurer of a political committee demonstrates that best efforts were used to obtain, maintain, and submit the information required by FECA, any report or any records of such committee shall be considered in compliance with FECA (and/or chapters 95 and 96 of Title 26). In the past, the Commission has interpreted this section to apply only to a treasurer's efforts to obtain required information from contributors to a political committee, and not to maintaining information or the submission of reports. However, in light of Lovely v. Federal Election Commission, 307 F. Supp. 2d 294 (D. Mass. 2004), the Commission intends to apply Section 432(i) to obtaining, maintaining, and submitting information and records to the Commission for the purpose of complying with FECA's disclosure and reporting requirements. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Best Efforts in Administrative Fines Challenges
Document Number: E6-20735
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-08
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission seeks public comment on proposed revisions to its regulations regarding the Commission's administrative fines program. The administrative fines program is a streamlined process through which the Commission finds and penalizes violations of 2 U.S.C. 434(a), which requires committees registered with the Commission to file periodic reports. Current Commission regulations set forth several grounds upon which a respondent may base a challenge to an administrative fine. The proposed regulations replace the current ``extraordinary circumstances'' defense with a ``best efforts'' defense. The proposed regulations would also provide for Commission statements of reasons on administrative fines final determinations. 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: 06-9614
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-07
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Filing Dates for the Texas Special Election in the 23rd Congressional District
Document Number: E6-20587
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-06
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Texas has scheduled a special runoff election on December 12, 2006, to fill the seat in the Twenty-third Congressional District. On November 7, 2006, a Special General Election was held, with no candidate achieving a majority vote. Under Texas law, a Special Runoff Election will now be held with the two top vote-getters participating. Committees participating in the Texas Special Runoff Election are required to file pre- and post-election reports.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 06-9418
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-27
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting Notice
Document Number: 06-9328
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-20
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting Notice
Document Number: 06-9105
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-06
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 06-9084
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-03
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 06-8991
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-30
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 06-8855
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-23
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 06-8679
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-13
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting Notice
Document Number: 06-8376
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-28
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Increase in Limitation on Authorized Committees Supporting Other Authorized Committees
Document Number: E6-15565
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-20
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission (``Commission'') is amending its rules specifying the amount authorized committees of candidates may contribute to authorized committees of other candidates. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, amended the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (``the Act''), by increasing this amount from $1,000 to $2,000. These final rules implement this increase. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 06-7962
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-20
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Filing Dates for the Texas Special Election in the 22nd Congressional District
Document Number: E6-14961
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-11
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Texas has scheduled a special election on November 7, 2006, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the Twenty-Second Congressional District vacated by Representative Tom DeLay. There are two possible elections, but only one may be necessary. If no candidate wins a majority of votes in the Special General Election, the two top vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, will participate in a Special Runoff Election on a date to be set by the Governor after November 7, 2006. Committees participating in the Texas special election are required to file pre- and post-election reports.
Sunshine Act; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 06-7592
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-11
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 06-7528
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-07
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Exception for Certain “Grassroots Lobbying” Communications From the Definition of “Electioneering Communication”
Document Number: E6-14638
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-05
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission announces its disposition of a Petition for Rulemaking (``Petition'') filed on February 16, 2006, by the AFL-CIO, the Alliance for Justice, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, the National Education Association, and OMB Watch. The Petition asks the Commission to revise its regulations by exempting from the definition of ``electioneering communication'' certain communications consisting of ``grassroots lobbying.'' The Commission has decided not to initiate a rulemaking in response to the Petition at this time. The Petition is available for inspection in the Commission's Public Records Office and on its Web site, http://www.fec.gov/. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Filing Dates for the Ohio Special Election in the 3rd Congressional District
Document Number: 06-7297
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-31
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Ohio has scheduled a special primary election on September 15, 2006, to fill the vacancy on the November 7, 2006, general election ballot that was created by the withdrawal of Democratic candidate Stephanie Studebaker. Committees participating in the Ohio Special Primary Election are required to file pre-election reports.
Filing Dates for the Ohio Special Election in the 18th Congressional District
Document Number: E6-14183
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-28
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Ohio has scheduled a special primary election on September 14, 2006, to fill the vacancy on the November 7, 2006, general election ballot that was created by the withdrawal of Representative Bob Ney. Committees participating in the Ohio Special Primary Election are required to file pre-election reports.
Filing Dates for the Texas Special Elections
Document Number: E6-14182
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-28
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Texas has scheduled special elections on November 7, 2006, based upon an opinion and order by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, in League of United Latin American Citizens, et. al. v. Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, et. al., which redrew the boundaries, invalidated the results of the primary and runoff elections, and ordered new elections in five of the thirty-two U.S. Congressional Districts of Texas. The districts affected are: 15, 21, 23, 25 and 28. There are two possible elections, but only one may be necessary. The majority winner of the special election in each district is declared elected. Should no candidate achieve a majority vote, the Secretary of State will then order and set the date for a Special Runoff Election that will include only the top two vote-getters. All runoff elections will be held on the same date. Committees participating in the Texas special elections are required to file pre- and post-election reports.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 06-6565
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-27
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting; Notices
Document Number: 06-6241
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-13
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting; Notices
Document Number: 06-6240
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-13
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Statement of Policy; Recordkeeping Requirements for Payroll Deduction Authorizations
Document Number: E6-10629
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-07-07
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission has previously sought copies of original signed payroll deduction authorization forms as the sole adequate proof that contributors intended to authorize payroll deduction to make contributions to the separate segregated fund of a corporation, labor organization, or trade association. As a matter of general policy, the Commission intends to accept certain other forms of documentation as proof of payroll deduction authorization, which are described in the supplementary information below.
Notice of Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 06-5462
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-15
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 06-5274
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-08
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Coordinated Communications
Document Number: 06-5195
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-06-08
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is revising its regulations regarding communications that are coordinated with Federal candidates and political party committees. The Commission's 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. These final rules implement the recent decision of the Court of Appeals in Shays v. Federal Election Commission, in which the court determined that the Commission needs to provide a more complete explanation and justification for its rules pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act. To comply with the court's decision, and to address other issues involving the coordinated communication rules, the Commission is issuing these Final Rules and Explanation and Justification. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Sunshine Act Meeting Notices
Document Number: 06-5074
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-01
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 06-4901
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-25
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act; Meeting
Document Number: 06-4581
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-15
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 06-4481
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-11
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 06-4035
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-27
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 06-3807
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-20
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Filing Dates for the New Jersey Special Election in the 13th Congressional District
Document Number: E6-5547
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-14
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
New Jersey has scheduled special elections to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the Thirteenth Congressional District vacated by Senator Robert Menendez. Committees required to file reports in connection with the Special Primary Election on June 6, 2006, 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, 2006, shall file a 12-day Pre-Primary Report, a 12-day Pre-General Report, and a 30-day Post-General Report.
Internet Communications
Document Number: 06-3190
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-12
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is amending its rules to include paid advertisements on the Internet in the definition of ``public communication.'' These final rules 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 previous definition of ``public communication'' impermissibly excluded all Internet communications. The revised definition of ``public communication'' includes paid Internet advertising placed on another person's website, but does not encompass any other form of Internet communication. The Commission is also re-promulgating without change its definition of ``generic campaign activity'' and amending the scope of its disclaimer regulations, both of which incorporate the revised definition of ``public communication.'' Additionally, the Commission is adding new exceptions to the definitions of ``contribution'' and ``expenditure'' to exclude Internet activities and communications that qualify as individual activity or that qualify for the ``media exemption.'' These final rules 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. Further information is provided in the Supplementary Information that follows.
Notice of Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 06-3153
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-31
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 06-2895
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-23
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Definition of Federal Election Activity
Document Number: 06-2766
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-22
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission (``Commission'') is revising the regulation defining the phrase ``in connection with an election in which a candidate for Federal office appears on the ballot.'' The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (``BCRA'') amended the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (``FECA''), to provide that when voter identification, get-out-the-vote activity, and generic campaign activities are in connection with an election in which a candidate for Federal office appears on the ballot, they are ``Federal election activity'' (``FEA''), subject to certain funding limits and prohibitions. In its new interim final rule, the Commission specifies when voter identification and get-out-the-vote activity are conducted exclusively in connection with non-Federal elections and are therefore not FEA. The Commission is soliciting comments on all aspects of the interim final rule and may amend the interim rule as appropriate in response to comments received. Further information is provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION that follows.
Price Index Increases for Coordinated Party Expenditure Limitations
Document Number: E6-4052
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-21
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
As mandated by provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (``BCRA''), the Federal Election Commission (``the Commission'') is adjusting the coordinated party expenditure limits set forth in the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, to account for increases in the consumer price index. Additional details appear in the supplemental information that follows.
Definitions of “Solicit” and “Direct”
Document Number: 06-2623
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-20
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is revising its definitions of the terms ``to solicit'' and ``to direct'' for its regulations on raising and spending Federal and non-Federal funds. The new definition of ``to solicit'' encompasses written and oral communications that, construed as reasonably understood in the context in which they are made, contain a clear message asking, requesting, or recommending, explicitly or implicitly, that another person make a contribution, donation, transfer of funds, or otherwise provide something of value. Mere statements of political support and mere guidance as to the application of the law are not included. The revised definition also contains a list of examples, to provide practical guidance to Federal candidates, officeholders, political committee officials, and others. The new definition of ``to direct'' focuses on guidance provided directly or indirectly to a person who has expressed an intent to make a contribution, donation, or transfer of funds. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 06-2663
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-17
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Rulemaking Petition: Exception for Certain “Grassroots Lobbying” Communications From the Definition of “Electioneering Communication”
Document Number: E6-3810
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-03-16
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On February 16, 2006, the Commission received a Petition for Rulemaking (``Petition'') from the AFL-CIO, the Alliance for Justice, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, the National Education Association, and OMB Watch. The Petition asks the Commission to revise its regulations by exempting certain communications consisting of ``grassroots lobbying'' that otherwise meet the definition of an ``electioneering communication'' under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended. The Petition is available for inspection in the Commission's Public Records Office and on its website, http:// www.fec.gov. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.