May FEC Record and Other Updates

The Federal Election Commission has released their May edition of the Record newsletter. Some highlights from this issue:

  • Background and continuing coverage of Speechnow v. FEC, RNC v. FEC, and FEC v. Novacek
  • An announcement that the FEC Record will soon be web-based, rather than print / PDF
  • Final rules on debt collection
  • Stats on PAC activity: “The 4,618 federally-registered political action committees (PACs) raised $555.7 million, spent $464.6 million and contributed $174.4 million to candidates, according to reports filed with the Commission for January 1 through December 31, 2009, the first calendar year of the 2009-2010 election cycle.”

The FEC now has a section on their website “which provides downloads of itemized disbursements reported by U.S. House and Senate candidate committees for the 2010 election cycle.” See the new database over here at the FEC.

The Center for Competitive Politics is not a big fan of the DISCLOSE Act, and shows an interesting look at White House Counsel Bob Bauer’s previous statements on campaign finance disclosure requirements. Read about their views over on their site. (A taste of the post: Brad Smith makes up a new acronym for DISCLOSE: “Democratic Incumbents Seeking to Contain Losses by Outlawing Speech in Elections”).

Covington & Burling takes a detailed look at the DISCLOSE Act (including definitions). A PDF is available here.

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