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Week of November 16-20, 2020 – FEC.gov

Commission meetings and hearings

No open meetings or executive sessions were scheduled this week.

Advisory Opinions

Request Withdrawn

Advisory Opinion Request 2020-05 On November 12, the Committee to Elect Mark Charles for President, the authorized committee of an independent presidential candidate that did not participate in a primary, withdrew its request for an advisory opinion. The requestor had asked whether it was entitled to a separate contribution limit for a primary and, if so, how to determine the primary date for that purpose and for purposes of the candidate’s eligibility for a salary.

Public Disclosure

On November 16, the Commission released its Fiscal Year 2020 Agency Financial Report.

On November 16, the Commission’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its Audit of the Federal Election Commission’s Annual Financial Statements Fiscal Year 2020.

On November 17, the Commission’s OIG made public its report on Management and Performance Challenges Facing the FEC for Fiscal Year 2021.

Outreach

On November 18, Commission Chair James E. “Trey” Trainor, III spoke via videoconference about campaign finance, the role of the FEC, and the 2020 election to the U.S. Pastors Council.

On November 18, Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub spoke via videoconference about the FEC and public service to students at the University of Michigan Law School.

On November 18, the Commission hosted a webinar on winding down the campaign and Post-Election reporting.

Upcoming Commission meetings

December 8: The Commission is scheduled to meet in executive session.

Upcoming reporting due dates

December 3: 30-Day Post-General reports are due.

Status of agency operations

See the Commission’s statement on the status of agency operations, updated on August 10, 2020. At this stage, most agency staff remain in telework status and the Commission’s office remains closed to visitors.

Additional research materials

Contribution Limits. In addition to the current limits, the Commission has posted an archive of contribution limits that were in effect going back to the 1975-1976 election cycles.

Federal Elections 2018: Election Results for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives is available. The data was compiled from the official vote totals published by state election offices.

FEC Notify: Want to be notified by email when campaign finance reports are received by the agency? Sign up here.

Additional research materials about the agency, campaign finance information, and election results are available through the Library section of the Commission website.

The 2019 Combined Federal State Disclosure and Election Directory is available. 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.

The FEC Record is available as a continuously updated online news source.

Other election-related resources

Videos on protecting U.S. elections. The FBI’s Protected Voices initiative provides videos designed to help political campaigns protect themselves from foreign influence. The 2019 videos offer guidance on ransomware, business email compromise, supply chain, social media literacy, and foreign influence operations. Other videos, released in 2018, include cyber hygiene topics such as social engineering, patching, router hardening, and app and browser safety.

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