Although the Federal Election Commission is one of the federal agencies shuttered during the government shutdown — furloughing all but its four commissioners—that doesn’t mean campaigns are off the hook for filing financing reports.
Even after losing 335 of the 339 employees of the FEC, the agency’s computers will still be running. That means reports are still owed, writes Al Kamen of the Washington Post blog In the Loop.
“Despite the shutdown, FEC reports will continue to be due,” former FEC chair Dave Mason told clients in an e-mail, the Postreports. Mason now is an executive with Aristotle, a political software and services company.
“It is our understanding the FEC servers may remain online to receive filings,” Mason continued, although “FEC staff will not be available to answer questions and provide assistance with technical or substantive issues regarding filings.”
Things will get difficult if the congressional stalemate continues for a while, Mason said. Eventually, the servers will need service, or they will eventually shut down. Only then campaigns cannot file.
Meanwhile … stay tuned.