Federal Election Commission 2009 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Funds Received in Response to Solicitations; Allocation of Expenses by Separate Segregated Funds and Nonconnected Committees
Document Number: E9-30768
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-12-29
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission (``Commission'') proposes removing its rules regarding funds received in response to solicitations. The Commission also proposes removing two additional rules regarding the allocation of certain expenses by separate segregated funds and nonconnected committees. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia ordered that these rules are vacated, in accordance with a Court of Appeals decision. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Funds Received in Response to Solicitations; Allocation of Expenses by Separate Segregated Funds and Nonconnected Committees
Document Number: E9-30767
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-12-29
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia ordered that the Federal Election Commission's (``Commission'') rules regarding funds received in response to solicitations and the allocation of certain expenses by separate segregated funds and nonconnected committees are vacated. The Commission is inserting a note to these regulations that reflects the court's decision. The Commission will engage in a separate notice of rulemaking to remove these rules from the Code of Federal Regulations. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-30058
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-21
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-29836
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-16
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-29610
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-15
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Filing Dates for the Florida Special Election in the 19th Congressional District
Document Number: E9-29611
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-14
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Governor of Florida has rescheduled the date of the Special General Election to fill the U.S. House seat in the 19th Congressional District being vacated by Representative Robert Wexler. The Special General Election, formerly set for April 6, 2010, will now be held on April 13, 2010. The Special Primary Election date remains unchanged.
Statement of Policy Regarding Placing First General Counsel's Reports on the Public Record
Document Number: E9-29609
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-14
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission will resume the practice of placing all First General Counsel's Reports on the public record, subject to appropriate redaction or withholding.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-29118
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-08
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Participation by Federal Candidates and Officeholders at Non-Federal Fundraising Events
Document Number: E9-28733
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-12-07
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission seeks comments on proposed changes to its rules regarding participation by Federal candidates and officeholders at non-Federal fundraising events under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended. These proposed changes are in response to the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Shays v. FEC. The Commission has made no final decision on the issues presented in this rulemaking.
Campaign Travel
Document Number: E9-28637
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-12-07
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission is promulgating new and revised rules implementing the provision of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act governing non-commercial campaign travel on aircraft. These changes restrict, and in some situations prohibit, Federal candidates and certain political committees from expending campaign funds for non-commercial air travel. The rules apply to all Federal candidates, including publicly funded presidential candidates, and other individuals traveling on behalf of candidates, political party committees, and other political committees, where the travel is in connection with Federal elections.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-28705
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-02
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-27976
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-27
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Filing Dates for the Florida Special Election in the 19th Congressional District
Document Number: E9-27869
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-20
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Florida has scheduled elections on February 2, 2010, and April 6, 2010, to fill the U.S. House seat in the 19th Congressional District being vacated by Representative Robert Wexler.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-27549
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-18
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-26904
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-10
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-26299
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-03
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Amendment of Agency Procedures for Probable Cause Hearings
Document Number: E9-25900
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-28
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On November 19, 2007, the Federal Election Commission (``Commission'') published a procedural rule making permanent a program allowing respondents in enforcement proceedings under the Federal Election Campaign Act, to have a hearing before the Commission. The Commission is now amending its procedures to provide that the Commissioners may ask questions of the General Counsel and the Staff Director, and their staff, during probable cause hearings. This amendment will conform the procedures for enforcement hearing with the Commission's procedures for audit hearing published earlier this year.
Coordinated Communications
Document Number: E9-25240
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-10-21
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission seeks comments on proposed changes to its rules regarding coordinated communications under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended. These proposed changes are in response to the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit 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.
Definition of Federal Election Activity
Document Number: E9-25107
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-10-20
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission seeks comments on proposed changes to its rules regarding the definitions of ``voter registration activity'' and ``get-out-the-vote activity'' under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended. These proposed changes are in response to the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit 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.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-25050
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-19
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Filing Dates for the New York Special Election in the 23rd Congressional District
Document Number: E9-24535
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-13
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
New York has scheduled a Special General Election on November 3, 2009, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the Twenty- Third Congressional District vacated by Representative John M. McHugh.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-24141
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-08
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-22888
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-09-25
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Filing Dates for the Massachusetts Senate Special Election
Document Number: E9-22257
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-09-16
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Massachusetts has scheduled elections on December 8, 2009, and January 19, 2010, to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat held by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-21340
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-09-04
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-20505
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-26
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Procedural Rules for Audit Hearings
Document Number: E9-18541
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-08-07
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On July 10, 2009, the Federal Election Commission published a Procedural Rule (``Commission'') instituting a program that provides committees that are audited pursuant to the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (``FECA'') with the opportunity to have a hearing before the Commission prior to the Commission's adoption of a Final Audit Report. Procedural Rules for Audit Hearings, 74 FR 33140 (July 10, 2009). The Commission is now adding a further statement at the end of that procedural rule to conform this statement to other agency procedural rules.
Agency Procedure for Notice to Respondents in Non-Complaint Generated Matters
Document Number: E9-18542
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-04
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission (``Commission'') is establishing a new agency procedure that will provide respondents in certain enforcement matters brought under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (``FECA'') with notice of a non-complaint generated referral and an opportunity to respond thereto, prior to the Commission's consideration of whether it has reason to believe that a violation of the Act has been or is about to be committed by such respondent. This program will provide respondents in non-complaint generated matters procedural protections similar to those of respondents in complaint-generated matters. Further information about the procedures for providing notice to respondents in non-complaint generated matters is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Reorganization of National Voter Registration Act Regulations
Document Number: E9-18031
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-07-29
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions, Election Assistance Commission
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) are jointly taking action to transfer regulations implementing the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) from the FEC to the EAC. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 transferred the FEC's former statutory authority regarding the NVRA regulations to the EAC. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustments; Correction
Document Number: E9-17870
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-07-28
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2009, a document concerning the application of inflation adjustments to certain civil monetary penalties under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, the Presidential Election Campaign Fund Act, and the Presidential Primary Matching Payment Account Act. The Commission inadvertently entered the signature date on the document as March 25, 2009. This document removes that signature date and inserts the correct date, which is June 25, 2009. The Commission is also correcting two typographical errors.
Candidate Debates
Document Number: E9-17868
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-07-28
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission announces its disposition of two Petitions for Rulemaking regarding the Commission's candidate debate regulations. The first petition, filed on May 25, 1999 by Mary Clare Wohlford, William T. Wohlford, and Martin T. Mortimer (``Wohlford Petition''), urged the Commission to amend its rules so that the objective criteria for inclusion in Presidential and Vice Presidential debates would be established by the Commission itself, and not left to the discretion of debate staging organizations. The second petition, filed on April 10, 2002 by several major news organizations, urged the Commission to amend its rules to state explicitly that the sponsorship by a news organization (or a related trade association) of a debate among candidates does not constitute an illegal corporate campaign contribution or expenditure in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (``the Act'') and that the Commission would have no jurisdiction over such sponsorship. The Commission has decided not to initiate a rulemaking in response to either of these petitions. The petitions are available for inspection in the Commission's Public Records Office, and on its Web site, http:// www.fec.gov.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-17864
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-07-28
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Filing Dates for the California Special Election in the 10th Congressional District
Document Number: E9-17123
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-07-20
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
California has scheduled a special general election on September 1, 2009, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the Tenth Congressional District vacated by Representative Ellen O. Tauscher. 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 November 3, 2009, among the top vote-getters of each qualified political party, including qualified independent candidates.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-16701
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-07-15
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Web Site and Internet Communications Improvement Initiative; Correction
Document Number: E9-16420
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-07-14
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2009, a document concerning the improvement of public information disclosure via the Commission's Web site and other Internet communications. The Commission inadvertently entered the signature date on the document as March 25, 2009. This document removes that signature date and inserts the correct date, which is June 25, 2009.
Procedural Rules for Audit Hearings
Document Number: E9-16422
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-07-10
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission (``Commission'') is instituting a program that provides committees that are audited pursuant to the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (``FECA'') with the opportunity to have a hearing before the Commission prior to the Commission's adoption of a Final Audit Report. Similar to the Commission's current program for hearings at the probable cause stage of the enforcement process, audit hearings will provide audited committees with the opportunity to present oral arguments to the Commission directly and give the Commission an opportunity to ask relevant questions prior to adopting a Final Audit Report. Further information about the procedures for the audit program is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Advisory Opinion Procedure
Document Number: E9-15869
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-07-07
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission is establishing a program to allow persons requesting an advisory opinion, or their counsel, a limited opportunity to appear before the Commission. The purpose of their appearances is to answer questions from the Commission at the open meeting during consideration of the requestor's draft advisory opinion.
Web Site and Internet Communications Improvement Initiative
Document Number: E9-15497
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-07-01
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission (the ``FEC'' or ``Commission'') has adopted an initiative to seek public comment on how to improve all aspects of how the Commission discloses information to the public on its Web site and through the use of Internet communications. While the FEC, which was first constituted in 1975, continually engages in ongoing efforts to improve all aspects of how the Commission discloses information through the Internet, with a primary focus on its Web site, the FEC has never before sought formal public comment on the means by which the Commission discloses information to the public.\1\ As part of these efforts, the Commission is seeking written comments and will conduct a public hearing on ways the Commission can improve how it communicates to the public using the Internet and, specifically, how it can improve its Web site to ensure that the FEC Web site is a state-of-the-art resource for disclosure of information to the public including (1) disclosure of campaign finance data, (2) information about Federal campaign finance laws, and (3) the actions of the Commission.
Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustments
Document Number: E9-15483
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-07-01
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended, the Federal Election 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 certain violations of these statutes that are not knowing and willful, involving contributions and expenditures; knowing and willful violations of the prohibition against the making of a contribution in the name of another; knowing and willful violations of the confidentiality provisions of FECA; certain penalties for late filed or non-filed reports under the administrative fines program; and failure to file timely 48-hour notices. The adjusted civil monetary penalties are calculated according to the formula set forth in the law and will be effective for violations occurring on or after the effective date of these rules. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-14640
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-06-22
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-14047
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-06-17
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-11552
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-05-20
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-11479
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-05-19
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: E9-10952
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-05-13
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-10530
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-05-07
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-10092
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-05-04
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-9473
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-28
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions, Federal Trade Commission
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-9259
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-24
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-8980
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-20
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notices
Document Number: E9-8529
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-15
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions