Ellen L 😷 Weintraub
@EllenLWeintraub
Fri Sep 27 23:01:02 +0000 2019

1/ Funny story. The @FEC puts out a "Weekly Digest" of everything we do, an immensely helpful public resource. Check it out, and subscribe, here: https://t.co/a4yomX2yEJ

@FEC 2/ This week, I published a “Draft Interpretive Rule Concerning Prohibited Activities Involving Foreign Nationals" on the https://t.co/mzijOnYRLg web site: https://t.co/pf3ByC8AnZ

@FEC 3/ 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.

@FEC 4/ 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.

@FEC 5/ 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:

@FEC 6/ 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. https://t.co/G2nOZ83n3Q

@FEC 7/ https://t.co/lXmYTeei76 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: https://t.co/IaGyCbZICW MURs 6960 & 6991 https://t.co/vvNppL9tYo

@FEC 8/ 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,…

@FEC 9/ …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 …

@FEC 10/ 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.

@FEC 11/ MUR 7508 https://t.co/mSJqZGuXvt COMPLAINANT: Robert Secaur RESPONDENTS: Friends of Sherrod Brown and Judith Zamore, in her official capacity as treasurer (the Committee); and Whirlpool Corporation (Whirlpool)

@FEC 12/ 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.

@FEC 13/ 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 …

@FEC 14/ …clarify that the appearance of the Whirlpool logo and employees in the ad did not amount to an endorsement by Whirlpool. MUR 7545 https://t.co/cS8fMeJBKL

@FEC 15/ 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 …

@FEC 16/ …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.

@FEC 17/ 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 https://t.co/NEclB8v0lg

@FEC 18/ 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 …

@FEC 19/ …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.

@FEC 20/ DISPOSITION: The Commission entered into a conciliation agreement providing for the Committee to pay a civil penalty of $5,500. MUR 7270 https://t.co/wgbGkBqnGC

@FEC 21/ (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: https://t.co/XNpuFU3eJO

@FEC 22/ Administrative Fines The Commission made public seven closed cases, as follows. For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System: https://t.co/RtWzJs9Fcx

@FEC 23/ 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.

@FEC 24/ 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.

@FEC 25/ 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.

@FEC 26/ 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.

@FEC 27/ 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.

@FEC 28/ 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.

@FEC 29/ 3565 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.

@FEC 30/ Litigation Level the Playing Field, et al. v. FEC (Case No. 19-5117) https://t.co/QMd56ZFd8X On September 26, Independent Voter Project, Admiral James Stavridis, Senator Joseph Robert Kerrey, Senator Joseph Isadore Lieberman, the Honorable Clarine Nardi Riddle, …

@FEC 31/ …the Honorable David M. Walker, and the Honorable Christine Todd Whitman filed an Amici Curiae Brief in support of Appellants [ https://t.co/lorggT7MGu ]; FairVote and the Coalition for Free and Open Elections filed an Amici Curiae Brief in support of…

@FEC 32/ …Plaintiffs-Appellants [ https://t.co/NdKUxswHU1 ]; and Nonprofit Leaders, Scholars and Practitioners filed a Corrected Amici Curiae Brief [ https://t.co/GWdbikw0sq ] in support of Plaintiffs-Appellants in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

@FEC 33/ Libertarian National Committee v. FEC (Case No. 19-234) https://t.co/QarJgkEjCw On September 24, The Cato Institute [ https://t.co/6CgDESoFTm ], The Institute for Free Speech [ https://t.co/C2699pTgZS ], and …

@FEC 34/ …the Goldwater Institute [ https://t.co/koDXDPZx8G ] filed Amici Curiae Briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Petitioner.

@FEC 35/ 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.

@FEC 36/ On September 26, the Commission issued the Statistical Summary of Six-Month Campaign Activity of the 2019-2020 Cycle: https://t.co/Zk5YTCBIVE

@FEC 37/ Oversight hearing Chair Weintraub, Commissioner Caroline C. Hunter, and Commissioner Steven T. Walther each provided written testimony [ https://t.co/zLbOcstz4T ] to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on House Administration.

@FEC 38/ A hearing before the Committee originally scheduled for September 25 has been postponed until an as yet undetermined later date.

@FEC 39/ Commissioners’ statements On September 26, Chair Weintraub issued a statement [ https://t.co/RyJM1vQj64 ] on a Draft Interpretive Rule Concerning Prohibited Activities Involving Foreign Nationals.

@FEC 40/ Upcoming Commission meetings and hearings October 16: The Commission is scheduled to meet in executive session: https://t.co/FFRU0EEOF7 October 17: The Commission is scheduled to hold an open meeting: https://t.co/yX8nZKW8Ct

@FEC 41/ 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. https://t.co/S6rWUNrshe

@FEC 42/ 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. https://t.co/O2x69dM4yr

@FEC 43/ For more information on monthly reporting dates, refer to the 2019 Monthly Reporting page of the Commission website.

@FEC 44/ Upcoming educational programs On October 2, Commission staff will host reporting and FECFile webinars for candidate committees: https://t.co/WRtqO3xlj0

@FEC 45/ On October 29-30, the Commission will host a Regional Conference in San Diego, CA for candidates, political parties, and political action committees: https://t.co/KVK5WmysNF

@FEC 46/ Additional research materials FEC Notify Want to be notified by email when campaign finance reports are received by the agency? Sign up here: https://t.co/4ti6EUxIPw

@FEC 47/ Additional research materials about the agency, campaign finance information, and election results are available through the Library section of the Commission website.

@FEC 48/ Printed copies of the 2019 edition of Title 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) are available [ https://t.co/8RexUvazAb ]. Contact the Commission's Information Division at (202) 694-1100 or (800) 424-9530 (press 6, when prompted) …

@FEC 49/ …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.

@FEC 50/ The 2019 Combined Federal State Disclosure and Election Directory is available [https://t.co/qXAkH8b9UI ].

@FEC 51/ 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.

@FEC 52/ 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 …

@FEC 53/ …Representatives is available [ https://t.co/EMcpGnsucT ]. 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,

@FEC 54/ …or send an email to pubrec@fec.gov. The FEC Record is available as a continuously updated online news source: https://t.co/eJvFsf4doy

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@FEC 56/ …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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