Category: Personal use of campaign funds

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At Stake in the FEC Debate Over Leadership PACs: More Criminal Enforcement?

In dueling draft advisory opinions to Representative Maxine Waters, the Federal Election Commission is divided over whether “leadership PACs” are subject to the personal use rules. Both drafts agree that FEC rules would not keep Representative Waters’ campaign, PAC or her personally from giving to a foreign candidate. But Draft A warns the Congresswoman that … Continue Reading

FEC Approves Advisory Opinion Allowing Rep. Ryan to Promote Upcoming Book

At its public meeting today, the FEC approved two advisory opinions, one of which allows Rep. Paul Ryan’s campaign committee and leadership PAC to promote the Congressman’s upcoming book. The FEC released three drafts prior to the meeting, all of which allowed the committees to promote the book to varying degrees. As Brian Svoboda explained … Continue Reading

The Tangled Web of Paul Ryan’s FEC Request

At issue in Advisory Opinion Request 2014-06 is whether Representative Paul Ryan’s leadership PAC, Prosperity Action, may promote the sale of his upcoming book on the Internet beyond de minimis levels. Representative Ryan intends to receive royalties from the book. The Federal Election Commission published two drafts of a response to his request. The first, … Continue Reading