Looks like The Investment Company Institute PAC was assuming everything was hunky-dory with its FEC filings:
Each of the issues in these RFAIs were caused by inadvertent errors in ICI PAC’s electronic filing system. In addition, ICI PAC did not become aware of the 2012 RFAIs until recently due to technical issues with accessing the email account listed on ICI PAC’s Statement of Organization.
The Placer County Republican Central Committee has it all under control:
I became the Treasurer of the Republican Central Committee in January 2013. After reviewing our financial records and interviewing previous Treasurers I could not find any information or documents concerning a $10,000 debt that the committee owed to itself. I deleted this debt to ourselves on the June 2013 reports as I could find nothing to validate the origin of the debt.
Friends of Dennis Ross got confused about the year:
2012 Post General report was amended because the wrong election year was originally chosen
The Akyumen Society seems to be lacking some, well, acumen for filing:
I have tried to file electronically for the independent expenditures, but the file keeps getting rejected based on errors that simply could not be corrected. After trying for almost 2 hours, I called the help line, but it was 10 minutes past their 5:30pm closing time. I got an email today that we were given until midnight tonight (October 18th, 2013) to file without any penalties because of the government shut down, and I have been trying since to meet this deadline. I do not know how to resolve the issues in time, and am hoping that I am given Monday to resolve it. Thanks.
Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign did a “software conversion” in June of 2012. Apparently that led to some problems:
Dear Ms. Sugarman: This letter is in response to your request for additional information, dated August 28, 2013. 1. Your letter indicates that two donors appear to exceed the primary contribution limit. Due to a software conversion in June of 2012, the aggregates of these donors were incorrect. On 9/18/13, the Committee issued a refund in the amount of $250 to W. Michael Brown and a refund in the amount of $250 to Marc A. Hall. These refunds will be disclosed on the next regularly schedule report filing. 2. Your letter indicates that the Committee was required to refund all contributions designated to the 2012 General Election within 60 days of May 2, 2012. The Committee refunded all contributions designated for the General on June 14, 2012 and disclosed these refunds on the July 2012 Monthly filing. This was well within the 60 day requirement. As the Committee continues to review and update its systems, if any further contributions designated for the 2012 General Election are identified, they are immediately refunded. 3. All contributions included in the unitemized receipt totals on the detailed summary pages were from contributors who have not given more than $200 in the aggregate cycle to date. Furthermore, these contributions were raised and designated for 2012 Primary Election debt retirement. 4. Due to a software conversion, several entries on Schedule D-P were incomplete. The October Quarterly Report has been corrected and amended to accurately disclose debt owed to New Gingrich. 5. The Committee verified the correct debt amount owed to Vision Screen Printing and Graphics. The Schedule D-P shows a credit in order to accurately reflect this corrected amount. This was not a credit given by the vendor, it was simply a correcting entry. 6. Due to a software conversion, several entries on Schedule B-P supporting Line 23 were incomplete. The October Quarterly Report has been amended to accurately disclose these disbursements. 7. The Committee has reviewed all reimbursements to staff for travel and subsistence and has determined that no further itemizations are required based on FEC regulations in effect at that time. 8. Due to a software conversion, several entries on Schedule D-P were incomplete. The October Quarterly Report has been amended to correctly disclose all debt. 9. All debt noted as IN DISPUTE on Schedule D-P indicates that the full amount of the debt disclosed is in dispute. The Committee is working with these vendors (Crimson Hexagon, Moshe Technologies, Resilient Corporation and Mark Gembecki) to resolve these issues. The Committee will continue to report all such debt as IN DISPUTE until these matters are resolved.
John Pomeranz, the counsel to Florida Freedom PAC, seems a little miffed that the FEC deviated from its usual practice and mentioned issues with two different filings in the same RFAI. The horror!
The committee would also like to note for the record that requesting information about two separate reports in the same letter (with a misleading caption that fails to mention the second report questioned) is an unorthodox approach by the Commission.
The Kentucky State Democratic Central Executive Committee had a problem with a recent filing:
The Committee is in receipt of the Commission's letter dated August 9, 2013 regarding the 2013 Amended February Monthly report filed on 7/25/2013. A technical error occurred while filing the original report on Feb. 20, 2013. While preparing the data for the original filing, a paper version of the report was printed for internal review and all data was correct; yet, when it uploaded to the FEC, the file was created without any receipts or disbursements. The committee was unaware of the error until contacted by the FEC. The committee has been working with its software vendor to understand how the error occurred but we have not been able to recreate the error.
The Louisville & Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee wants you to know that its audit committee found a tiny mistake in a 2012 filing:
Dear FEC: Recently our Audit Committee went back through our prior reports. They found a small discrepancy in the July 15 Q2 Report in 2012. That Report has since been reconciled and amended to your system. Each report filed therafter was reuploaded to you system as well to reflect these changes. Thank you. Nathan M. Haney Treasurer
The small mistake? They had $23,685 less in cash on hand to start the filing period than previously reported. Could happen to anybody.
via @bycoffe, the Stand With Rand PAC says that its name does not refer to Rand Paul at all, but to Ayn Rand, who, being dead, is definitely not a candidate for federal office:
This Committee responds to its pending RFAI by noting that it is unaware that the late Ayn Rand, noted philosopher and author and of Atlas Shrugged, is seeking election to federal office. With respect to 11 CFR 102.14(a), this regulation was promulgated to ensure a candidate's name was not used to raise funds or disseminate information the candidate objects to under the guise of being authorized by the candidate (Special Fundraising Projects and Other Use of Candidate Names by Unauthorized Committee, 50 Fed. Reg. No. 136, (July 15, 1992). It was not enacted to suppress citizens' first amendment rights to engage in robust political speech. Rather, the Commission must allow the maximum of first amendment freedom of expression in political campaigns commensurate with Congress' regulatory authority (Common Cause v. FEC, 842 F.2d at 448). Such overbroad application of 102.14(a) would prohibit citizens from banding together and using almost any common name; for example, a youth-oriented PAC named Think Young would share the name of 3 Congressmen and would thus be impermissible. With 435 Representatives and 100 Senators many first, last, and even middle names would be prohibited from such broad overreach. Thus, the use of just a first or last name is insufficient to trigger such a harsh restraint on speech.
The Mission Essential Personnel LLC PAC raised $5,000 from one of its employees last fall and gave $2,500 to Steve Stivers, now an Ohio GOP congressman. What wasn’t essential was the disclosure, which occurred on September 18, more than 10 months after the fact.