Tag Archives: Federal Election Commission

Van Hollen v. FEC Follow-up: Decision to Defend Campaign Finance Regulation Shows Split within FEC

Two weeks ago we wrote about Rep. Van Hollen (D-MD) challenging the FEC’s electioneering communication disclosure provisions and the appellate court’s decision to refer the matter to the FEC. In response, the FEC yesterday filed a status report with the District Court for the District of Columbia, indicating that it would not pursue further rulemaking … Continue Reading

Federal Court of Appeals: Political Groups May Maintain Donor Information Secret, For Now

Yet another wrinkle has developed in the fabric of campaign finance reform, this time favoring the non-disclosure of donor information by groups responsible for “electioneering communications.” In a per curiam decision, the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently reversed a lower court decision that could have … Continue Reading

The Rise of the Mega-PAC

First there were PACs. Then there were Super PACs. Now there are…”Mega-PACs”? One of the largest sources of controversy in the 2010 election cycle was the rise of Super PACs (also known by the Federal Election Commission’s (“FEC”) far blander name, “Independent Expenditure-Only Committees”). These Super PACs were approved in FEC Advisory Opinions 2010-09 and … Continue Reading