Is the FEC Open with Only Three Commissioners?
Recently, Commissioner Matthew S. Petersen resigned from the FEC, which was already down to four members. Since FEC rules require four members for a quorum, the Commission will not be able to vote to take any actions, issue new rules, offer opinions, or levy fines on committees that violate election laws. Is the FEC open? […]
Close Out the 2nd Quarter Easier with 2 New Crimson Tools
We’re only a few days away from the end of the second quarter and a quickly-approaching FEC deadline. CMDI recently rolled out two new features that will help your team during the crunch time – the Press Release Report and the JFC Vetting Tool. Press Release Report The Press Release Report takes your final […]
2019-2020 FEC Political Donation Limits
With the 2020 election cycle getting underway, now is a good time to remember that the Federal Election Commission increased the limits for a few types of donations: Individual donors: Gifts to candidate committees increased from $2,700 to $2,800 per election (total of $5,600 per cycle). Gifts to national party committees increased from $33,900 to […]
Flowchart: Do you need to file a FEC pre-general report?
Do you have another report due before the election? If you are an authorized candidate committee in the 2018 election OR file monthly, the answer is YES. If you are a quarterly filer, you may need some assistance with answering that question. Pre-General Reports are due this Thursday, on October 25 and cover the period […]
Is your Senate campaign ready for E-file?
On October 15, the October Quarterly reports will be due. Is your campaign prepared to submit your reports electronically to the Federal Election Commission? Last month, President Trump signed a new bill that made the FEC the official Point of Entry for all Senate filings. Senate campaigns are now required to submit all reports […]
How Senate Committees Can E-File their Next FEC Reports
Update: On Friday, September 21, President Trump signed the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019. The FEC immediately released a statement that U.S. Senate campaigns are now required to submit their filings with the Commission rather than the Secretary of the Senate. They are ready to accept electronic filings, […]
Congress Approves Electronic Filing for Senate Campaigns
Update: On Friday, September 21, President Trump signed the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019. The FEC immediately released a statement that U.S. Senate campaigns are now required to submit their filings with the Commission rather than the Secretary of the Senate. They are ready to accept electronic filings, and issued new […]
Uncertainty After FEC Holds Hearings for Online Ad Disclaimers
At the end of June, the Federal Election Commission held a two-day hearing on the proposals to change the definition of “public communications” and require disclaimers on internet communications. The Commission heard from 18 witnesses representing think tanks, political parties and committees, research institutions, vendors, and trade associations from the advertising industry. None of the […]
FEC Offers Examples of Online Ad Disclaimers
At the end of June, the Federal Election Commission will hold a hearing on proposed rule changes for online ad disclaimers. In advance of the meeting, the Commissioners released a series of example ads that highlight how disclaimers would look with rules from each proposal. The FEC created 18 graphic ad examples that range from […]
FEC Considering Revising ‘Zombie Campaign’ Rules
What happens to the money left over in a campaign once a federal office holder is no longer in office? The question is the subject to a new petition launched by the Campaign Legal Center. They were prompted by an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and WTSP NewsChannel 10 that found 102 inactive campaigns […]
Proposed FEC Regulations for Online Ad Disclaimers
The questions surrounding the FEC’s regulation of online ads will soon be answered. In March, the Commission released a long-awaited proposal of draft regulations for internet communication disclaimers. The proposal is currently open for comments and will be discussed at a hearing on June 27. The draft contains two different proposals – Alternative A and […]
The FEC Is Down to 4 Commissioners. What Happens Now?
After announcing his intentions to resign from the Federal Elections Commission last fall, Commissioner Lee E. Goodman will officially step down on February 16. With Goodman’s departure, there will only be four commissioners serving at the FEC. Last year, Ann Ravel, a Democrat, resigned and left an open seat. The Washington Post also reports […]
FEC Offers Insight into Facebook Ad Disclaimers
In December, the Federal Election Commission issued a new Advisory Opinion for the Take Back Action Fund. As a 501(c)4 organization, TBAF must include disclaimers on their Facebook image and video ads which “expressly advocate the election or defeat of clearly identified candidates.” After revelations that Russian-backed companies spent over $100,000 in ads during […]
2018 FEC Reporting Deadlines
Since 2018 is an election year, most committees registered with the FEC must file reports either quarterly or monthly. Make sure you don’t forget one of these important deadlines! Download CMDI’s one-pager of FEC deadlines to help plan your year. The frequency of filing depends on your committee type. For example, National party committees are […]
All About Joint Fundraising Committees
Recently, joint fundraising committees became the focus of media attention after Donna Brazile revealed details of the agreement between the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. While JFCs have increased over the past decade, not much is written about this fundraising strategy. For the first-time candidate or political novice, the jargon and regulations […]
New Help Portal Launched at FEC
The FEC recently launched a new way to access help from the Reports Analysis Division. Through a new portal, committees can find the contact information for their assigned Campaign Finance Analyst and directly email questions to that person. According to the FEC, answers can be expected between one to three days. The FEC also released […]
FEC Issues Guidance on Using Twitter in Disclaimers
Last week, the Federal Elections Commission issued an Advisory Opinion on how PACs can use Twitter handles in disclaimer language. Historically, this has been a vague issue with social media falling under the same category as bumper stickers and skywriting. However, the revelations that a Kremlin-linked company purchased more than $100,000 in ads on Facebook during the […]
Preparing for Media Questions on Campaign Fundraising & FEC Reports
In the uncertain world of political campaigns, you can always count on getting questions from the press about fundraising and FEC reports. How do you prepare your staff to answer these questions? Recently, the National Press Club Foundation hosted a panel discussion on how to document campaign cash featuring reporters from national media outlets […]
Need Help Deciphering FEC Forms?
When working on FEC reports or reviewing filings, did you know that you can tell the specific type of line number or expenditure based on the line number on the FEC form? CMDI’s FEC Line Numbers by FEC Reports is one of our most popular downloads and guides on the Crimson Helpdesk. Now updated for […]
Watch Out When Filing FEC Reports
This Saturday is the next FEC deadline for quarterly filers. Earlier this week, the FEC notified vendors and consultants about a potential problem that filers might encounter. Committees may experience issues with receiving a filing acknowledgment for this filing period. While your FEC report was successfully filed, you might not receive an immediate confirmation, and […]