FEC Clears Path for Warren to Spend Campaign Funds on Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity
FEC Clears Path for Warren to Spend Campaign Funds on Cybersecurity
2022-09-16 20:23:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., can use campaign funds to pay for the cost of reasonable cybersecurity measures to protect her home network, the Federal Election Commission announced on Friday. The decision came in response to an advisory opinion... Read More

FEC Brings Candidate Loan Provisions In Line With High Court Ruling
Campaign Finance
FEC Brings Candidate Loan Provisions In Line With High Court Ruling
2022-09-13 15:30:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — An authorized campaign committee can reinstate and repay candidate loans it previously converted to candidate contributions, the Federal Election Commission said on Tuesday. The announcement, in a decision of a case involving Harley Rouda, a 2018 candidate in... Read More

FEC Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit by Dark Money Trump Supporters
Litigation
FEC Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit by Dark Money Trump Supporters
2022-08-24 14:58:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Federal Election Commission asked a federal judge on Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a nonprofit loyal to former President Donald Trump that accused the agency of violating the Administrative Procedures Act. The 45Committee Inc., sued... Read More

Dem Super PAC Claims FEC is Failing to Corral Trump 2024 Expenditures
Litigation
Dem Super PAC Claims FEC is Failing to Corral Trump 2024 Expenditures
2022-07-22 15:38:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A Democratic super PAC sued the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday claiming the agency failed to act on its charge that former President Donald Trump is making expenditures to advance a 2024 presidential bid without formally declaring his... Read More

Vendor’s Delay in Depositing Contributions Has DNC Seeking FEC Advice
Campaign Finance
Vendor’s Delay in Depositing Contributions Has DNC Seeking FEC Advice
2022-07-08 17:02:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Trouble with a longtime “caging” vendor has the Democratic National Committee and its senatorial campaign arm asking the Federal Election Commission whether they can retain and use contributions deposited after the 10-day deadline mandated by agency regulation. In... Read More

Sprinkle Seeks FEC Approval for Internet-Based Voter Turnout Platform
Regulation
Sprinkle Seeks FEC Approval for Internet-Based Voter Turnout Platform
2022-06-14 20:02:23
by Natalie McCormick

WASHINGTON — The internet platform Sprinkle sought an advisory opinion Friday from the Federal Election Commission on its business plan to boost young voter turnout by making it easier to connect with candidates who align with their values. Voter turnout... Read More

FEC Approves Interim Rule Modifying Reporting Requirement
Elections
FEC Approves Interim Rule Modifying Reporting Requirement
2022-06-14 17:21:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Individuals and entities who make independent expenditures to defeat or elect a federal candidate will now have to identify each person who made a contribution of $200 or more for the purpose of influencing the election, under an... Read More

FEC Greenlights Rep’s Campaign Fund Spend on Security Gate
Campaign Finance
FEC Greenlights Rep’s Campaign Fund Spend on Security Gate
2022-05-02 15:28:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A congressman’s use of campaign funds to install a locking steel security gate around his Florida home after he received a series of death threats would not violate federal campaign finance laws, the Federal Election Commission said last... Read More

FEC Asked to Set Value for Campaign Research in Senate Race
Campaign Finance
FEC Asked to Set Value for Campaign Research in Senate Race
2022-04-20 18:23:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The campaign committee for Senate Democrats has asked the Federal Election Commission to appraise the value of a “research book” it wants to provide to two Democratic candidates to aid in their bids to unseat an incumbent Republican... Read More

FEC Sued for Failing to Act on Complaints Against Trump Campaign
Litigation
FEC Sued for Failing to Act on Complaints Against Trump Campaign
2022-03-29 23:03:25
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Campaign Legal Center filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission for its failure to act on a campaign spending disclosure complaint made against the campaign committee of former President Donald Trump. The CLC filed its complaint... Read More

Threats Lead Steube to Consider Using Campaign Funds to Defend Florida Home
Congress
Threats Lead Steube to Consider Using Campaign Funds to Defend Florida Home
2022-03-18 21:01:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. W. Gregory Steube, R-Fla., has asked the Federal Election Commission for an advisory opinion on whether members of Congress can use campaign funds to protect their homes, up to and including paying for a locking security gate,... Read More

Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates Now Available in Print
Campaign Finance
Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates Now Available in Print
2022-03-16 15:59:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The recently updated Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and Committees is now available in print, the Federal Election Commission announced Wednesday. The new guide is intended to provide an overall summary of the federal campaign finance laws that... Read More

FEC Approves Rental of Schiff Campaign Email List to Promote New Book
Political News
FEC Approves Rental of Schiff Campaign Email List to Promote New Book
2021-11-23 14:58:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is free to rent the email list compiled by his principal campaign committee, Schiff for Congress, to promote his new memoir, “Midnight in Washington,” the Federal Election Commission said in an advisory opinion announced... Read More

Green Party’s Stein Seeks Court Review of Order to Repay $175K
Campaign Finance
Green Party’s Stein Seeks Court Review of Order to Repay $175K
2021-11-05 15:36:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Former Green Party candidate Jill Stein and her campaign committee, Jill Stein for President, are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia to review a Federal Elections Commission order that she repay $175,272 in... Read More

The Campaign Legal Center Targets ‘Pop-Up’ Super PACs
Campaign Finance
The Campaign Legal Center Targets ‘Pop-Up’ Super PACs
2021-07-16 18:09:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the FEC on Thursday accusing 18 super PACs of illegally pouring $200 million into competitive elections between 2017 and 2020 while allegedly concealing their ties to congressional leaders. In... Read More

Appeals Court Upholds 2014 FEC Decision
Elections
Appeals Court Upholds 2014 FEC Decision
2021-04-21 14:22:00
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission cannot be second-guessed on a 2014 decision on an administrative complaint because it relied in part on "prosecutorial discretion" in rendering that decision, a federal appeals court has ruled. The holding by the U.S.... Read More

FEC Says Website Won’t Violate Law By Posting Lawmakers’ Statements on Faith
Elections
FEC Says Website Won’t Violate Law By Posting Lawmakers’ Statements on Faith
2021-04-11 12:10:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission held this week that Pray.com, a free mobile application and website, won’t violate federal election laws if it invites members of Congress to produce five-minute statements on matters of faith. Pray.com, a for-profit corporation,... Read More

FEC Approves Use of Campaign Funds for Personal Security
Congress
FEC Approves Use of Campaign Funds for Personal Security
2021-03-26 15:23:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission granted a request from Republican lawmakers that they be allowed to use campaign funds to pay for personal security for themselves and their families. The National Republican Senate Committee and the National Republican Congressional... Read More

Executive Order Directs Agencies to Step Up Voting Rights Efforts
White House
Executive Order Directs Agencies to Step Up Voting Rights Efforts
2021-03-08 14:29:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Federal agencies must take steps to expand access to voter registration and give their employees time off to vote or volunteer as nonpartisan poll workers, a new executive order from the White House says. President Joe Biden signed... Read More

FEC to Host Webinar for Membership and Labor Organization PACs
Elections
FEC to Host Webinar for Membership and Labor Organization PACs
2021-02-16 21:19:46
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission will hold a one-day online seminar for membership organizations, labor organizations, and their political action committees on March 24, 2021. These interactive workshops are designed for those seeking an introduction to the basic provisions of the law... Read More

FEC Rules US Citizens Living Abroad Can Purchase Online Political Ads
Social Media
FEC Rules US Citizens Living Abroad Can Purchase Online Political Ads
2021-01-19 18:00:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Elections Commission has ruled that U.S. citizens living abroad can purchase political advertisements pertaining to elections in the United States. The agency handed down the ruling in the case of Jean-Marc Bertrand, who seeks to encourage... Read More

Administration Plans to Nominate Bipartisan Pair to Hobbled FEC
Elections
Administration Plans to Nominate Bipartisan Pair to Hobbled FEC

WASHINGTON — After leaving so many vacancies at the Federal Election Commission that it couldn't even hold meetings for most of the 2020 campaign cycle, the Trump administration said Wednesday it planned to nominate a bipartisan pair to the hobbled agency. President Donald Trump's picks... Read More

Senate GOP Poised to Confirm Controversial Trump Ally For Elections Board
Elections
Senate GOP Poised to Confirm Controversial Trump Ally For Elections Board
2020-03-10 15:11:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A Senate panel held a confirmation hearing Tuesday on President Donald Trump's GOP nominee to the Federal Election Commission, a hearing that could put him a simple majority vote away from confirmation by the full chamber. The session... Read More

Murphy Tells Election Symposium More, Not Less Transparency Needed to Safeguard The Vote
Elections
Murphy Tells Election Symposium More, Not Less Transparency Needed to Safeguard The Vote
2019-09-17 21:36:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representative Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla. told attendees at an election security forum Tuesday that tech platforms have become "battlefields" in a "bloodless conflict" and that winning requires arming voters with in-depth knowledge of the threat they face. "We need... Read More

Allred Cosponsors Bill to Reform America’s Election Watchdog
Elections
Allred Cosponsors Bill to Reform America’s Election Watchdog
2019-09-17 20:59:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Colin Allred, D-Texas, is co-sponsoring a bipartisan effort to reform the Federal Election Commission so that it can enforce the nation's campaign finance and election laws in a non-partisan manner. The push to pass the Restoring Integrity... Read More

Election Commission Vice Chair Resigns, Leaving It Without Quorum
Elections
Election Commission Vice Chair Resigns, Leaving It Without Quorum
2019-08-27 20:58:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Matt Petersen, a Republican appointment to the Federal Election Commission and most recently, its vice chairman, has resigned his seat, leaving the panel overseeing campaign laws without a quorum. Petersen's departure leaves the FEC with only three of... Read More

FEC Rules Campaigns Can Get Discounts on Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity
FEC Rules Campaigns Can Get Discounts on Cybersecurity
2019-07-12 19:35:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday that federal candidates and political committees can accept low-cost cybersecurity services from a Silicon Valley security company so long as the firm continues to offer the same rates to its non-political clients.... Read More

Florida House Candidate Can Use Digital ‘Coin’ as Incentive for Campaign Volunteers
Elections
Florida House Candidate Can Use Digital 'Coin' as Incentive for Campaign Volunteers
2019-07-12 19:31:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - An Independent congressional candidate in Florida has been given the green light to distribute a digital "coin" to volunteers and supporters as an incentive to engage in activities that support his campaign. In an advisory opinion issued on... Read More

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