The FEC has exclusive jurisdiction over the civil enforcement of the federal campaign finance law. The FEC learns of possible violations through a number of sources including:
- Internal referrals, which result from the FEC’s routine review of committee reports and audits of political committees.
- Sworn complaints filed with the FEC by anyone alleging that a violation has occurred or is about to occur.
- Referrals to the FEC from other government agencies of possible campaign finance violations.
- Self reported submissions to the FEC by any person or entity that believes it may have committed a campaign finance violation.
Coming soon: Commission audits of political committees.
Learn how complaints are filed, processed and made public.
Matters Under Review (MURs)
FEC enforcement matters (called MURs) must, by law, remain confidential until they are closed. Law requires the Commission to try to resolve enforcement matters through conciliation. If the Commission fails to reach a conciliation agreement with a respondent, the Commission may choose to pursue the matter in federal court.
Administrative Fine Program
Coming soon: The Administrative Fine Program assesses civil money penalties for late and non-filed reports.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Program
Coming soon: Alternative Dispute Resolution is a series of procedures for resolving enforcement disputes through the mutual consent of the parties involved.