Category Archives: Advisory Opinions

FEC Releases Draft Advisory Opinion For Vendor Seeking to Collect Contributions

The Federal Election Commission just released the draft advisory opinion for request 2011-06.  This is an interesting advisory opinion request that may impact fundraising for some committees.

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“Facebook: Exempt Us From FEC Rules”

Politico reports on an advisory opinion request before the Federal Election Commission filed by Facebook seeking confirmation that political ads placed on the social media platform are not required to contain a paid for by disclaimer.

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Audits And Advisory Opinions On FEC Open Meeting Agenda

The full agenda for the Federal Election Commission’s open meeting scheduled for this Thursday can be found here.

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FEC Advisory Opinion Update

Four advisory opinion requests were considered by the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) during last Thursday’s open meeting.  The FEC press release can be found here. A few advisory opinion requests of note: Obama for America’s request to transfer more than $100,000 … Continue reading

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FEC Releases Draft A For State Party Recount Fund Advisory Opinion Request

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) just released Draft A responding to an advisory opinion request by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (the Minnesota Democratic state party) seeking permission to use excess recount funds raised for the 2008 election recount and contest in … Continue reading

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FEC To Consider Coordination Rulemaking At Next Open Meeting

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) is scheduled to hold an open meeting on Thursday, August 26, 2010.  The agenda includes a couple of advisory opinion requests and the coordination and federal election activity rulemakings. The draft final coordination and federal … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance – Independent Expenditure PACs Begin Registering With FEC

CQ Politics reports that at least three independent expenditure PACs have registered with the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) since the FEC issued two advisory opinions holding that such groups may accept unlimited donations from individuals, corporations and labor unions.  The … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance – A Commonsense Comment On The Disclose Act?

Last week, the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) adopted an advisory opinion in response to a request from Commonsense Ten, a Democratic soft money group that intends to air advertisement protecting Democratic incumbents and attacking Republican candidates.  The FEC advisory opinion request … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance – FEC Approves Two Advisory Opinions On Independent Expenditure PACs

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) just announced that it approved two advisory opinions on independent expenditure PACs (“IE PACs”).  From the FEC press release: In Advisory Opinion 2010-09 (Club for Growth), the Commission concluded that Club for Growth — a 501(c)(4) … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance – FEC Releases Two Draft Advisory Opinions Regarding Independent Expedenditure PACs

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) released two draft advisory opinions providing guidance concerning the operations of independent expenditure PACs (“IE PACs”) established pursuant to the SpeechNow.org and Citizens Unitedfederal court decisions.  Comments on the draft AOs are due no later than … Continue reading

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Citizens United Is A Press Entity And What It May Mean For The Disclose Act

Yesterday, the Federal Election Commission (“Commission”) voted four to 1 that Citizens United’s movie activities are not subject to the Federal Election Campaign Act’s disclosure requirement under the media exception.  Vice Chair Bauerly joined with the three Republican Commissioners in … Continue reading

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Express Advocacy – FEC News Update

Just catching up – listed below are updates about the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”): Weekly Digest for the April 26 -30 The Record Newsletter for May 2010 Press release summarizing the FEC’s April 29, 2010 open meeting where it discussed the National … Continue reading

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FEC News – Open Meeting Today

The Federal Election Commission is holding an open meeting today at 10 am.  The agenda includes the draft advisory opinion for the National Democratic Redistricting Trust, proposed interim enforcement policy for state volunteer mail, and final rules and explanation and … Continue reading

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FEC Releases Two Alternative Drafts For National Democratic Redistricting Trust Advisory Opnion Request

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) just released two alternative draft  advisory opinions for advisory opinion request 2010-03 submitted by the National Democratic Redistricting Trust (“NDRT”).  NDRT submitted a request seeking confirmation that Congressional Democrats are permitted to raise soft money … Continue reading

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FEC Receives Advisory Opinion Request From Another Democratic Redistricting Group

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) just posted an advisory opinion request (“AOR”) from another Democratic redistricting group.  The AOR was submitted by Yes on FAIR, a California ballot committee, and has been identified as AOR 2010-07.  Yes on FAIR requests FEC … Continue reading

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