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Sat Sep 28, 2019, 01:17 PM

GOP FEC Commissioner Caroline Hunter Stopped publication of election interference

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Funny story. The @FEC puts out a "Weekly Digest" of everything we do, an immensely helpful public resource. Check it out, and subscribe, here:

Latest updates - FEC.gov
Find what you need to know about the federal campaign finance process. Explore legal resources, campaign finance data, help for candidates and committees, and more.
https://www.fec.gov/updates/?update_type=weekly-digest


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This week, I published a “Draft Interpretive Rule Concerning Prohibited Activities Involving Foreign Nationals" on the
Home - FEC.gov
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web site:

fec.gov/documents/1796…
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GOP FEC Commissioner Caroline Hunter took the altogether unprecedented step of objecting to its being added to the Digest and blocked publication of the whole Digest as a result.
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I always thought these anti-regulatory people liked the First Amendment well enough. I guess they think it's just for corporations.

I'm not fond of anyone trying to suppress my speech.
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And I think the public should absolutely not miss out on this week's Digest. So! Because Commissioner Hunter has blocked the Commission from publishing the FEC's Weekly Digest, I have decided to publish the information myself here on Twitter.

Here it is:
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Information from the @FEC's Weekly Digest

Week of September 23 - 27, 2019

Commission meetings and hearings

The Commission voted to cancel the executive session scheduled for September 24 and the open meeting scheduled for September 26.

September 24, 2019 executive session (Canceled) - FEC.gov
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https://www.fec.gov/updates/september-24-2019-executive-session/


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September 26, 2019 open meeting (Canceled) - FEC.gov
Agenda and related documents and material for the September 26, 2019 open meeting of the Federal Election Commission
https://www.fec.gov/updates/september-26-2019-open-meeting/


Enforcement

The Commission made public five closed cases and one Statement of Reasons, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System:
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MURs 6960 & 6991
MUR #6960 - FEC.gov
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COMPLAINANTS: National Republican Congressional Committee; and Republican National Committee
RESPONDENTS: Roger A. Stone; and SW Technologies, LLC d/b/a Advocacy Data (SWT)

SUBJECT: The complaints alleged that SWT, a political marketing firm, and Stone,…
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…SWT’s founder, president and CEO, violated the sales and use provision of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), by compiling a commercial mailing list using the names and …
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addresses of contributors obtained from FEC disclosure reports, which was then used to make solicitations.

DISPOSITION: The Commission entered into a conciliation agreement providing for SWT to pay a civil penalty of $25,000 and dismissed the allegations as to Stone.
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MUR 7508
MUR #7508 - FEC.gov
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COMPLAINANT: Robert Secaur
RESPONDENTS: Friends of Sherrod Brown and Judith Zamore, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee); and Whirlpool Corporation (Whirlpool)
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SUBJECT: The complaint alleged that Whirlpool made and the Committee accepted a prohibited in-kind corporate contribution when Whirlpool employees were depicted in a Committee campaign advertisement.
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DISPOSITION: The Commission dismissed the allegations and closed the file. The Commission noted that the record indicated that Whirlpool specifically declined the Committee’s request to film on its property and requested that the Committee …
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…clarify that the appearance of the Whirlpool logo and employees in the ad did not amount to an endorsement by Whirlpool.

MUR 7545
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COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: Tea Party Majority Fund and Scott B. Mackenzie, in his official capacity as treasurer (TPMF)

SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine …
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…whether there was reason to believe TPMF failed to provide supporting schedules on its disclosure reports for independent expenditures totaling over $1.8 million made during the 2016 election cycle, including disclosure of debts and filing of 48-Hour Reports.
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DISPOSITION: The Commission entered into a conciliation agreement providing for TPMF to amend its reports to reflect independent expenditures and debts accurately at all times and to pay a civil penalty of $100,000.

MUR 7611
MUR #7611 - FEC.gov
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COMPLAINANT: FEC-Initiated
RESPONDENT: American Delta Party and Suzan Korth, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee)
SUBJECT: In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings …
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…to determine whether there was reason to believe the Committee received an excessive contribution of $25,000 from an individual and a $7,000 prohibited contribution from a limited liability corporation disclosed on its 2016 August Monthly Report.
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DISPOSITION: The Commission entered into a conciliation agreement providing for the Committee to pay a civil penalty of $5,500.

MUR 7270
MUR #7270 - FEC.gov
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(Comite Pierluisi, Inc. and Hector Del Rio Jimenez, in his official capacity as treasurer) The Commission made public a Statement of Reasons by former Commissioner Lee E. Goodman, dated September 6, 2017: fec.gov/files/legal/mu…
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Administrative Fines

The Commission made public seven closed cases, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System: eqs.fec.gov/eqs/searcheqs
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3482
Eric for Us and Elizabeth Perez, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $445.
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3483
Daniel Freilich for Congress and Sondra Tova Freilich, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $291.
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3484
Angie Chirino for Congress and Jorge Mirabent, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed no civil penalty.
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3485
Deedra 2018 for US Senate and Marlene Binnion, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $630.
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3486
Committee to Elect Tahirah Amatul-Wadud and Yasmin Tempro, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,702.
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3488
Mindi for Congress and Justin Messmer, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $1,387.
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Jill Stein for President and Steven Welzer, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission made a final determination and assessed a civil penalty of $728.
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Litigation

Level the Playing Field, et al. v. FEC (Case No. 19-5117)
FEC.gov
Main page to access litigation materials, divided into the following sections: selected recent and ongoing litigation, major campaign finance court decisions, an alphabetical and a subject index of …
https://transition.fec.gov/law/litigation/LPF.shtml

On September 26, Independent Voter Project, Admiral James Stavridis, Senator Joseph Robert Kerrey, Senator Joseph Isadore Lieberman, the Honorable Clarine Nardi Riddle, …
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…the Honorable David M. Walker, and the Honorable Christine Todd Whitman filed an Amici Curiae Brief in support of Appellants [ fec.gov/resources/cms-… ]; FairVote and the Coalition for Free and Open Elections filed an Amici Curiae Brief in support of…
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…Plaintiffs-Appellants [ fec.gov/resources/cms-… ]; and Nonprofit Leaders, Scholars and Practitioners filed a Corrected Amici Curiae Brief [ fec.gov/resources/cms-… ] in support of Plaintiffs-Appellants in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
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Libertarian National Committee v. FEC (Case No. 19-234)
FEC.gov
Main page to access litigation materials, divided into the following sections: selected recent and ongoing litigation, major campaign finance court decisions, an alphabetical and a subject index of …
https://transition.fec.gov/law/litigation/LNC2016.shtml

On September 24, The Cato Institute [ fec.gov/resources/cms-… ], The Institute for Free Speech [ fec.gov/resources/cms-… ], and …
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…the Goldwater Institute [ fec.gov/resources/cms-… ] filed Amici Curiae Briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Petitioner.
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Outreach

On September 23, Chair Ellen L. Weintraub discussed the role and work of the Commission with students from Fairport High School in Rochester, NY.
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On September 26, the Commission issued the Statistical Summary of Six-Month Campaign Activity of the 2019-2020 Cycle:
Statistical Summary of Six-Month Campaign Activity of the 2019-2020 Election Cycle - FEC.gov
FEC statistical information, statistical summary, 19-20 election cycle, 2019-2020 election cycle, 2020 election cycle, Federal Election Commission, campaign finance statistics 2020, campaign finance …
https://www.fec.gov/updates/statistical-summary-six-month-campaign-activity-2019-2020-election-cycle/
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Oversight hearing

Chair Weintraub, Commissioner Caroline C. Hunter, and Commissioner Steven T. Walther each provided written testimony [ docs.house.gov/Committee/Cale… ] to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on House Administration.
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A hearing before the Committee originally scheduled for September 25 has been postponed until an as yet undetermined later date.
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Commissioners’ statements

On September 26, Chair Weintraub issued a statement [ fec.gov/resources/cms-… ] on a Draft Interpretive Rule Concerning Prohibited Activities Involving Foreign Nationals.
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Upcoming Commission meetings and hearings

October 16: The Commission is scheduled to meet in executive session:
October 16, 2019 executive session - FEC.gov
Find what you need to know about the federal campaign finance process. Explore legal resources, campaign finance data, help for candidates and committees, and more.
https://www.fec.gov/updates/october-16-2019-executive-session/


October 17: The Commission is scheduled to hold an open meeting:
October 17, 2019 open meeting - FEC.gov
Agenda and related documents and material for the October 17, 2019 open meeting of the Federal Election Commission
https://www.fec.gov/updates/october-17-2019-open-meeting/
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Meeting dates are subject to change. Please contact the Press Office the week of the scheduled meeting for confirmation.

Upcoming reporting due dates

October 15: October Quarterly reports are due.
2019 Quarterly reports - FEC.gov
Deadlines for committees filing quarterly in 2019
https://www.fec.gov/help-candidates-and-committees/dates-and-deadlines/2019-reporting-dates/2019-quarterly-filers/
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For more information on quarterly reporting dates, refer to the 2019 Quarterly Reporting page of the Commission website.

October 20: October Monthly reports are due.
2019 Monthly reports - FEC.gov
Information for presidential campaigns, PACs, party committees and SSFs on filing FEC reports on a monthly basis in 2019
https://www.fec.gov/help-candidates-and-committees/dates-and-deadlines/2019-reporting-dates/2019-monthly-filers/
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For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2019 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.
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Upcoming educational programs

On October 2, Commission staff will host reporting and FECFile webinars for candidate committees:
FEC to host October 2 reporting and FECFile webinars for candidates (2019) - FEC.gov
FEC Record outreach news article published September 6, 2019: FEC to host October 2 reporting and FECFile webinars for candidates (2019)
https://www.fec.gov/updates/fec-to-host-october-2-reporting-and-fecfile-webinars-candidates-2019/
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On October 29-30, the Commission will host a Regional Conference in San Diego, CA for candidates, political parties, and political action committees:
2019 San Diego Regional Conference - FEC.gov
San Diego 2019, conferences, FEC San Diego conference, 2019 San Diego Regional Conference, FEC conference
https://www.fec.gov/help-candidates-and-committees/trainings/2019_sandiego_conference/
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Additional research materials

FEC Notify
Want to be notified by email when campaign finance reports are received by the agency?
Sign up here:
Electronic filing overview - FEC.gov
FEC information on electronic filing, including how to get a password, filing software, mandatory electronic filing threshold, ways to file electronically,
https://fecnotify.fec.gov/fecnotify/login/
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Additional research materials about the agency, campaign finance information, and election results are available through the Library section of the Commission website.
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Printed copies of the 2019 edition of Title 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) are available [ ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-i… ]. Contact the Commission's Information Division at (202) 694-1100 or (800) 424-9530 (press 6, when prompted) …
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…to order printed copies of the CFR at no charge. You may also email the Information Division to place an order at info@fec.gov.
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The 2019 Combined Federal State Disclosure and Election Directory is available [
Combined Federal/State Disclosure and Election Directory - FEC.gov
Find what you need to know about the federal campaign finance process. Explore legal resources, campaign finance data, help for candidates and committees, and more.
https://www.fec.gov/introduction-campaign-finance/how-to-research-public-records/combined-federalstate-disclosure-and-election-directory/
].
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This publication identifies the federal and state agencies responsible for the disclosure of campaign finances, lobbying, personal finances, public financing, candidates on the ballot, election results, spending on state initiatives and other financial filings.
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To order a printed copy, please contact the FEC’s Public Records Office at 800/424-9530 (option 2) or 202/694-1120, or send an email to pubrec@fec.gov.

Federal Elections 2016: Election Results for the U.S. President, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of …
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…Representatives is available [
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]. The data was compiled from the official vote totals published by state election offices. To order a printed copy, please contact the FEC’s Public Records Office at 800/424-9530 (option 2) or 202/694-1120,
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…or send an email to pubrec@fec.gov.

The FEC Record is available as a continuously updated online news source:
Latest updates - FEC.gov
Find what you need to know about the federal campaign finance process. Explore legal resources, campaign finance data, help for candidates and committees, and more.
https://www.fec.gov/updates/?update_type=fec-record
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Join the FEC on Twitter and YouTube

Follow @FEC on Twitter to receive the latest information on agency updates, news releases, and weekly activity. Subscribe to our YouTube channel, FECTube: FECConnect on Demand [
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], …
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…to watch instructional videos that have been designed to help candidates and committees comply with federal campaign finance laws. Note that the FEC is not currently available through other social media platforms at this time.
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The use of the agency’s logo, name, and likeness on other media has not been authorized by the FEC.

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