FEC Advisory Opinion Update

Federal Election Commission

Federal Election Commission

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 to Vice President Joe Biden’s former presidential campaign to cover net debts was approved.  The bailouts continue.
  • CTIA’s request concerning whether individuals may contribute to campaigns by using short codes or texting the contributions was denied.  The CTIA and its member companies will be able to satisfy the FEC’s concerns in the near future.  Texting contributions to campaigns will happen, and when it does it has the potential to be a game changer for political fundraising.
  • The FEC held over a request from the Republican Party of San Diego.  The FEC continues to struggle with county party activities and whether some or all of their voter contact and registration activities and GOTV efforts must be paid for with hard money.  County parties are struggling and need some relief from the byzantine federal rules.  Hopefully the FEC will do the right thing here – we’ll see.
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