News & Media

4
Nov

Committee on House Administration Approves Reimbursement Rule Changes

On October 21, 2015 the Committee on House Administration unanimously approved an amendment to the rules which govern travel and expense reimbursements for lawmakers.

8
July

D.C. Court of Appeals Reaffirms Ban on Federal Contractor Donations

The D.C. Court of Appeals roundly rejected a case that sought to lift the ban on federal contractors donating to federal candidates.

30
June

SCOTUS Upholds Constitutionality of Arizona's Independent Redistricting Panel

The Supreme Court ruled that Arizona's independent redistricting commission is constitutionally permissible.

28
May

SCOTUS Agrees to Hear 'One Person, One Vote' Case

In a surprise decision, the Court agrees to hear Evenwel v. Abbott, a case that challenges the traditional notion of "one person, one vote".

29
Apr

SCOTUS rules in Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar

Florida's limits on judicial fundraising are upheld.

14
Apr

FEC celebrates Fortieth Anniversary

The first six FEC Commissioners were sworn in on April 14, 1975.

2
Mar

Supreme Court Hears Argument on Constitutionality of Arizona Redistricting Commission

The Republican-controlled legislature has brought the suit against Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission.

3
Feb

FEC Announces Contribution Limits for the 2016 Election Cycle

The FEC has raised the contribution limits for an individual to a candidate and to a national party committee.

17
Dec

Campaign Contribution Limits for Political Parties Increased

The increase was attached to a must-pass omnibus spending bill.

25
Nov

District Court Throws Out FEC Electioneering Communication Disclosure Requirements

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson rules that disclosure requirements for corporations and labor organizations that finance electioneering communications were too narrow.

9
Oct

4 Years after Citizens United, FEC Approves Final Rules on Corporate and Labor Organization Activity

The rules regulate independent expenditures and electioneering communications made by corporations and labor organizations.

6
Oct

U.S. District Court Rejects Challenge to Electioneering Communications' Disclosure

The U.S. District Court for the D.C. Circuit held that the disclosure requirements in question had previously been ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court.

2
Oct

SCOTUS to Hear Case on Judicial Campaign Solicitations

The Supreme Court will decide whether states that elect judges can prohibit judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions.

18
Sept

Representatives Introduce Bill Intended to Strengthen 2012 STOCK Act

H.R. 5525, the Political Intelligence Transparency Act would require political intelligence firms to register under the LDA.

4
Sept

FEC Electioneering Communications Reporting Period Begins September 5

The 24 hour reporting period for Electioneering Communications is September 5 through November 4.

29
Aug

FECA to Move to New Title 52 of U.S. Code

Beginning September 1, federal campaign finance laws will be consolidated with other voting and election laws in the new Title 52 of the U.S. Code.

12
Aug
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Aug
2
July

2nd Circuit Court of Appeals issues ruling in Vermont Right to Life v. Sorrell

The Court ruled that a Super PAC was not functionally independent from its sister PAC that contributes to candidates and therefore subject to contribution limits.

16
June

The Supreme Court allows Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus to proceed in lower courts

The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the Susan B. Anthony List has legal standing to pursue a constitutional challenge to Ohio's False Statement Law.

12
June
3
June

Senate Judiciary Committee Hears Testimony on Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Limit Money in Politics

The Committee hearing showcased the stark partisan divide on whether the amount of money in elections should be regulated.

22
May

IRS Will Revise Proposed Rules on 501(c)(4) Political Activity, Delays Public Hearing

After receiving more than 150,000 written comments on their proposed rules on 501(c)(4) organizations' political activity, the IRS has decided to revise the rules and postpone its public hearing.

14
May

CA Governor Signs S.B. 27

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will require nonprofit organizations that make political contributions to disclose their donors.

8
May

FEC Advisory Opinion Allows Bitcoin Contributions

The FEC has decided to allow political committees to accept bitcoins under certain conditions in the AO 2014- 02, issued in response to a request by Make Your Laws PAC, Inc.

6
May

FEC Concedes in James v. FEC

The FEC has conceded a case that challenged the aggregate limit on total campaign contributions to federal candidates.

6
May

Federal Contractor Campaign Contribution Ban Challenged

The longstanding ban on campaign contributions from individuals with government contracts is being challenged.

30
Apr

NM Sen. Tom Udall Proposes Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance

Senator Tom Udall has introduced a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the ability to govern federal campaign regulations and states the ability to regulate state and local campaign finance matters.

29
Apr

Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law

A federal judge strikes down a Wisconsin law requiring voters to show a state-issued ID before voting.

28
Apr

Arizona Alters Campaign Finance Laws

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed two pieces of legislation into law last week changing the state's campaign finance regulations.

18
Apr

FEC Issues Advisory Opinion 2014-03

The FEC issued an advisory opinion allowing a federal candidate's campaign to make express advocacy communications that include both the federal candidate and state and local candidates who appear on the same ballot.

3
Apr

H.R. 2019: An End to Public Financing for Presidential Nominating Conventions

H.R. 2019, The Gabriela Miller Kids First Research Act, has been signed into law by President Obama.

3
Apr

McCutcheon v. FEC Decision

The Supreme Court has struck down aggregate limits as unconstitutional in a 5-4 decision.

28
Mar

WI Governor Scott Walker Signs Bill Changing Campaign Finance and Lobbying Law

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed into law Senate Bill 655 which expands the time window during which lobbyists and principals are allowed to make personal campaign contributions.

17
Dec

IRS Proposes Regulations for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations and Candidate-Related Political Activities

On November 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") proposed new regulations at 1.501(c)(4)-1(a)(2)(ii) and (iii) that substantially restrict the types of expenditures an organization may treat as promotion of social welfare if the expenditures are in any way "candidate-related."

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