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Last Week at the FEC: Dismissal of Co-Publishing Complaint

Last week the Federal Election Commission met in executive session on Tuesday, March 11, but did not meet in open session. During the week the Commission made public the results of one Matter Under Review (MUR) and three...more

Last Week at the FEC: Revisions to Draft Advisory Opinion Would Reject Revolution Messaging’s Supplemental Proposal

Last week the Federal Election Commission did not meet, but issued a revised draft Advisory Opinion related to Revolution Messaging, LLC and released records related to MUR 6610, where it closed its investigation and...more

If the U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Political Contribution Limits Next Year, Will Your Campaign Be Ready?

The U.S. Supreme Court, which heard oral argument in McCutcheon vs. FEC this week, may overturn the aggregate contribution caps that have governed federal elections since 1974. If so, candidates should prepare now for the...more

FEC Issues Two Advisory Opinions in Light of US v. Windsor

Yesterday, the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) became one of the first federal government agencies to take action in accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor....more

President Announces Two Nominations For FEC

POLITICO reports that the President has nominated Ann Ravel, a Democrat who chairs the California Fair Political Practices Commission, and Lee Goodman, a Republican election lawyer, to the Federal Election Commission....more

While Hamstrung By DOMA, Federal Election Commission Still Opens Door To Joint Political Contributions From Same-Sex Couples

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) this week became the latest government agency to grapple with the impact of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on the federal rights of legally married same-sex couples. At issue was...more

FEC Increases Political Contribution Limits

On January 30, the Federal Election Commission increased the amounts that individuals and certain PACs can contribute in the 2013-14 election cycle. The most significant change is that individuals may now give $2600 per...more

Updated Threshold For 2013 FEC Lobbyist Bundling Reporting

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) released an updated reporting threshold for the 2013 calendar year for lobbyist bundling reporting....more

DC Circuit Reversed Van Hollen. Players Changed Tactics to Avoid Disclosure. Did It Matter in 2012? by Claudia A. Hrvatin

On September 18, 2012, in Van Hollen v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a March 30th ruling of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia...more

What’s in Store in Congress on Campaign Finance Reform? by Lauren M. Donoghue

As mentioned in the previous article, having just gone through the most expensive election in U.S. history, $6 billion spent, what action can we expect Congress to take on this issue in the coming session? According to an...more

FEC Contribution Limits for 2013-2014

The Federal Election Commission has released increased contribution limits for the 2013-2014 cycle. ...more

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