New York Times: F.E.C. Asks Congress to Ban Prechecked Recurring Donation Boxes

New York Times: F.E.C. Asks Congress to Ban Prechecked Recurring Donation Boxes. “The Federal Election Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to recommend that Congress ban political campaigns from guiding donors by default into recurring contributions through prechecked boxes, a month after a New York Times investigation showed that former President Donald J. Trump’s political operation had steered huge numbers of unwitting supporters into repeated donations through that tactic.”

Reuters: U.S. SEC suspends trading in 15 securities due to ‘questionable’ social media activity

Reuters: U.S. SEC suspends trading in 15 securities due to ‘questionable’ social media activity. “The U.S. securities regulator on Friday suspended trading in the securities of 15 companies because of ‘questionable trading and social media activity,’ the latest in a string of temporary trading halts amid volatile trading in so-called ‘meme stocks.’”

Bloomberg: Draft FEC Rules Target Political Ads on Social Media

Bloomberg: Draft FEC Rules Target Political Ads on Social Media . “The U.S. Federal Elections Commission is moving forward with a plan to introduce new rules on political advertising on social media ahead of the 2018 election cycle. The commission has a working draft of the rules in front of it now, longtime Democratic FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub said Monday at a technology conference in Washington, though she divulged few details.”

Peoria Public Radio: Federal Agency Drafts New Rules For Transparency In Political Social Media Ads

Peoria Public Radio: Federal Agency Drafts New Rules For Transparency In Political Social Media Ads. “The Federal Election Commission is moving to improve disclosure of the money behind Internet and digital ads, as the shadow of Russian-funded social media ads in last year’s presidential race hangs over the agency. ‘We can’t, obviously, take over the role of the Justice Department or of Congress,’ Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub told other commissioners Thursday, ‘but I do think that we could do this little piece.’”

Fedscoop: New FEC website aims to simplify access to campaign finance data

Fedscoop: New FEC website aims to simplify access to campaign finance data. “The Federal Election Commission recently launched a new website intended to improve its user experience through a cleaner layout and additional features. Built in conjunction with General Services Administration office 18F, the updated site presents a striking contrast from the previous version, which grew organically and erratically — and often made life difficult for visitors trying to access campaign finance information.”

ProPublica Updates FEC Itemizer Tool

ProPublica has tweaked its FTC itemizer tool. “FEC Itemizer now shows more information about outside spending, not only in the presidential race but in House and Senate contests, too. It also provides more detail about committees’ activities, such as a page with summary totals for independent expenditures, along with subtotals for spending in each state.”

The FEC Has a new API

The FEC has a new API, and The Sunlight Foundation gives us a breakdown. “Big news in the campaign finance world: The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is taking a huge step forward by making data accessible through a modern API. With the help of a team of intrepid 18F developers, the FEC is rethinking both its website and its data offerings to better serve its mission of educating the public with real-time disclosure of campaign finance information. It’s part of the larger OpenFEC project, and we think it’s a very encouraging sign that this collaboration is going to improve access to a crucial information resource. This is a beta release, but we’re really excited to see what’s been accomplished so far. What follows is meant as both an introduction to what’s available through this new resource and a critique of what’s working well, and the changes Sunlight would like to […]