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

Trump Campaign Burned Through Almost Half Its Cash in September
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Burned Through Almost Half Its Cash in September

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's campaign burned through almost half of its cash in September, as his reelection effort cut back on advertising in some key battleground states and he lags in the polls behind his much better-funded Democratic adversary, Joe Biden. The latest... Read More

The Federal Agency That Enforces Campaign Finance Laws Can’t Even Meet. Why?
Political News
The Federal Agency That Enforces Campaign Finance Laws Can’t Even Meet. Why?

When President Donald Trump tweeted that the U.S. may need to delay the November election, the longest-serving member on the Federal Election Commission joined the chorus of voices pointing out that he does not have the authority to make that... Read More

Senate Moves a Step Closer to Restoring FEC Quorum
Elections
Senate Moves a Step Closer to Restoring FEC Quorum

WASHINGTON — The Senate Rules and Administration panel voted Thursday 9-to-1 along party lines to advance the nomination of Texas GOP lawyer James “Trey” Trainor III to join the Federal Election Commission. That vote tally was of the senators voting... 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

More Than 700 People Have Filed to Run For President. Why?
2020 Elections
More Than 700 People Have Filed to Run For President. Why?

LOS ANGELES — There is just about every shade of politics you can imagine represented by the people who run for president. There is Vermin Supreme, the perennial candidate who wears a boot for a hat and wants to give... 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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