Federal Election Commission 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Electioneering Communications
Document Number: E7-24797
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-12-26
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is revising its rules governing electioneering communications. These revisions implement the Supreme Court's decision in FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc., which held that the prohibition on the use of corporate and labor organization funds for electioneering communications is unconstitutional as applied to certain types of electioneering communications. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Fund Submission Dates and Post Date of Ineligibility Dates To Submit Statements of Net Outstanding Campaign Obligations; (Authority: 11 CFR 9036.2; 11 CFR 9034.5)
Document Number: E7-24791
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-21
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is publishing matching fund submission dates for publicly funded 2008 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 2008 presidential primary candidates must submit their statements of net outstanding campaign obligations (``NOCO statements'') after their dates of ineligibility (``DOI''). Candidates are required to submit a NOCO statement prior to each regularly scheduled date on which they receive Federal matching funds, on dates set forth in the Supplementary Information below.
Filing Dates for the Illinois Special Election in the 14th Congressional District
Document Number: E7-24296
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-17
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Illinois has scheduled elections on February 5, 2008, and March 8, 2008, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the Fourteenth Congressional District vacated by Representative J. Dennis Hastert. Committees required to file reports in connection with the Special Primary Election on February 5, 2008, 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 March 8, 2008, shall file a 12-day Pre-Primary Report, a 12-day Pre-General Report, and a 30-day Post-General Report.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 07-6059
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-14
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 07-6011
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-10
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 07-5977
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-06
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 07-5931
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-03
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting Notice
Document Number: 07-5892
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-29
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Filing Dates for the Louisiana Special Election in the 1st Congressional District
Document Number: E7-23075
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-27
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Louisiana has scheduled special elections to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the First Congressional District being vacated by Representative Bobby Jindal. There are three possible special elections, but only two may be necessary. Primary Election: March 8, 2008. Possible Runoff Election: April 5, 2008. In the event that one candidate does not achieve a majority vote in his/her party's Special Primary Election, the top two vote-getters will participate in a Special Runoff Election. General Election: May 3, 2008. However, if a Special Runoff Election is not necessary, the Special General will instead be held on April 5, 2008.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 07-5838
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-26
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Procedural Rules for Probable Cause Hearings
Document Number: E7-22524
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-11-19
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission (``Commission'') is making permanent a program that allows respondents in enforcement proceedings under the Federal Election Campaign Act, as amended (``FECA''), to have a hearing before the Commission. Hearings will take place prior to the Commission's consideration of the General Counsel's recommendation on whether to find probable cause to believe that a violation has occurred. The Commission will grant a request for a probable cause hearing if any two commissioners agree to hold a hearing. The program will provide respondents with the opportunity to present arguments to the Commission directly and give the Commission an opportunity to ask relevant questions. Further information about the procedures for the program is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 07-5651
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-13
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 07-5631
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-09
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Filing Dates for the Virginia Special Election in the 1st Congressional District
Document Number: E7-21819
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-06
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Virginia has scheduled a special general election on December 11, 2007, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the First Congressional District vacated by the late Representative Jo Ann Davis. Committees participating in the Virginia Special General Election on December 11, 2007, shall file a 12-day Pre-General Report, and a 30- day Post-General Report.
Reporting Contributions Bundled by Lobbyists, Registrants and the PACs of Lobbyists and Registrants
Document Number: E7-21711
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-11-06
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission requests comments on proposed rules implementing new statutory provisions regarding the disclosure of information about bundled contributions provided by certain lobbyists and registrants. The proposed rules would require authorized committees, leadership PACs and political committees of political parties to disclose certain information about lobbyists and registrants and lobbyists' and registrants' political committees that provide bundled contributions. No final decisions have been made by the Commission on any of the proposed regulations in this Notice. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Candidate Travel
Document Number: E7-20901
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-23
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission requests comments on proposed changes to its rules implementing new statutory provisions governing the rates and timing of payment for non-commercial campaign travel on aircraft, and a proposed definition of ``Leadership PAC.'' These proposed changes, consistent with the new statutory provisions, would restrict and in some cases prohibit Federal candidates and their political committees from expending campaign funds for non-commercial air travel. The proposed rules would apply to all Federal candidates, including publicly funded presidential candidates. No final decisions have been made by the Commission on any of the proposed revisions in this Notice. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 07-5231
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-22
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 07-5209
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-19
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 07-5174
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-18
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Electioneering Communications
Document Number: E7-20107
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-12
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is announcing a public hearing on the proposed changes to its rules governing ``electioneering communications'' under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended.
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 07-5054
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-11
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 07-4967
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-05
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Use of Campaign Funds for Donations to Non-Federal Candidates and Any Other Lawful Purpose Other Than Personal Use
Document Number: E7-19260
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-03
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is revising its rules regarding the use of campaign funds by candidates and other individuals. The revision adds to the current list of permissible uses of campaign funds in Commission regulations: donations to non-Federal candidates; and any other lawful purpose other than personal use. This change conforms the provision with those in the Federal Election Campaign Act, as amended (``the Act''). Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Filing Dates for the Ohio Special Election in the 5th Congressional District
Document Number: E7-19261
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-01
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Ohio has scheduled elections on November 6, 2007, and December 11, 2007, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the Fifth Congressional District vacated by the late Congressman Paul E. Gillmor. Committees required to file reports in connection with the Special Primary Election on November 6, 2007, 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 December 11, 2007, shall file a 12-day Pre-Primary Report, a 12-day Pre-General Report, and a 30-day Post-General Report.
Sunshine Act Meeting Notice
Document Number: 07-4680
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-19
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 07-4599
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-14
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 07-4406
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-07
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Electioneering Communications
Document Number: E7-17184
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-08-31
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission requests comments on proposed revisions to its rules governing electioneering communications. These proposed rules would implement the Supreme Court's decision in FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc., which held that the prohibition on the use of corporate and labor organization funds for electioneering communications is unconstitutional as applied to certain types of electioneering communications. 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 Meeting Notices
Document Number: 07-3707
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-27
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 07-3567
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-20
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Use of Campaign Funds for Donations to Non-Federal Candidates and Any Other Lawful Purpose Other Than Personal Use
Document Number: E7-13956
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-07-19
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission requests comments on a proposed revision to its rules regarding the use of campaign funds. The proposed revision would add to the current list of permissible uses of campaign funds in Commission regulations: donations to non-Federal candidates; and any other lawful purpose other than personal use. This change would conform the provision with those in the Federal Election Campaign Act, as amended (``the Act''). 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 Meeting Notices
Document Number: 07-3546
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-19
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting Notices
Document Number: 07-3404
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-11
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 07-3313
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-06
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 07-3127
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-25
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Meetings; Sunshine Act
Document Number: 07-3065
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-21
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Statement of Policy Regarding Treasurers' Best Efforts To Obtain, Maintain, and Submit Information as Required by the Federal Election Campaign Act
Document Number: E7-10997
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-06-07
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission (the ``Commission'') is issuing a Policy Statement 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''). Section 432(i) of FECA 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 records of such committee shall be considered in compliance with FECA or the statutes governing the public financing of Presidential candidates. 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 to submitting reports. However, the district court in Lovely v. FEC, 307 F. Supp. 2d 294 (D. Mass. 2004), held that the Commission should consider whether a treasurer used best efforts under FECA with regard to efforts made to submit a report in a timely manner. This Policy Statement makes clear that the Commission intends to apply FECA's best efforts provision to treasurers' and committees' efforts to obtain, maintain, and submit information and records to the Commission consistent with the holding of the Federal court in Lovely. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Federal Election Activity and Non-Federal Elections
Document Number: E7-10994
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-06-07
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission requests comments on proposed revisions to the definition of the phrase ``in connection with an election in which a candidate for Federal office appears on the ballot.'' This phrase is part of the definition of ``Federal election activity'' (``FEA'') and is used to determine whether voter identification, get-out-the-vote activity, and generic campaign activities are FEA, subject to certain funding limits and prohibitions under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (``FECA''). The proposed rule would make permanent, with certain minor revisions, an Interim Final Rule that excluded from FEA certain voter identification and get-out-the-vote activities conducted exclusively for non-Federal elections. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Filing Dates for the Massachusetts Special Election in the 5th Congressional District
Document Number: E7-10322
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-30
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Massachusetts has scheduled elections on September 4, 2007, and October 16, 2007, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the Fifth Congressional District vacated by Representative Martin T. Meehan. Committees required to file reports in connection with the Special Primary Election on September 4, 2007, 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 October 16, 2007, shall file a 12-day Pre-Primary Report, a 12-day Pre-General Report, and a 30-day Post-General Report.
Hybrid Communications
Document Number: E7-8956
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-10
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission requests comments on a proposed rule to attribute the disbursements for a public communication made by a political party that refers to a clearly identified Federal candidate and that also generically refers to other candidates of a political party without clearly identifying them. Several alternatives are presented, including an alternative to include public communications that refer to multiple Federal candidates. The Commission has made no final decision on the issues presented in this rulemaking. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Filing Dates for the California Special Election in the 37th Congressional District
Document Number: E7-8955
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-10
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
California has scheduled a special general election on June 26, 2007, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the Thirty- Seventh Congressional District held by the late Representative Juanita Millender-McDonald. 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 August 21, 2007, 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.
Sunshine Act Meeting Notices
Document Number: 07-2138
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-30
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 07-2084
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-26
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 07-1839
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-12
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 07-1773
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-09
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Statement of Policy; Safe Harbor for Misreporting Due to Embezzlement
Document Number: E7-6299
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-05
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission is issuing a Statement of Policy to announce that it is creating a safe harbor for the benefit of political committees that have certain internal controls in place to prevent misappropriations and associated misreporting. Specifically, the Commission does not intend to seek civil penalties against a political committee for filing incorrect reports due to the misappropriation of committee funds if the committee has the specified safeguards in place.
Policy Regarding Self-Reporting of Campaign Finance Violations (Sua Sponte Submissions)
Document Number: E7-6185
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-05
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In order to encourage the self-reporting of violations about which the Commission would not otherwise have learned, the Commission will generally offer penalties between 25% and 75% lower than the Commission would otherwise have sought in identical matters arising by other means. The Commission will also use a new expedited procedure 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. This policy also addresses various issues that can arise in connection with parallel criminal, administrative or civil proceedings.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: 07-1714
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-05
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Best Efforts in Administrative Fines Challenges
Document Number: E7-5730
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-29
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is revising its regulations to amend four aspects of its Administrative Fines Program (``AFP''), a streamlined process through which the Commission assesses civil money penalties for late filers and non-filers under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (``FECA''). First, the Commission is revising its rules regarding the permissible grounds for challenging a proposed civil money penalty by clarifying the scope of the defense based on factual errors. Second, the Commission is incorporating a defense for political committees that demonstrate that they used their best efforts to file reports timely. Third, the Commission is revising its rules regarding its final determinations to clarify when the Commission finds that no violation has occurred. Lastly, the rules are being amended to explain that the Commission's statement of reasons for its final decision in an AFP matter usually consists of the reasons set forth by the Commission's reviewing officer as adopted by the Commission. The supplementary information that follows provides further information.