The Federal Election Commission (FEC) was created in 1975 to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (P.L. 92-225), the statute that governs the financing of federal elections.
The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions and to oversee the public funding of presidential elections.
To fulfill those duties the FEC is using its website to educate the electorate on issues related to campaigns such as contributions, including listing the political action committees that have made contributions to the current campaigns. It also provides information on “selected legal issues,” including summaries of documents relating to legislation, litigation and rulemakings.
In addition, among the first items on the homepage of the FEC website is the “Disclosure Portal” which provides a single point of entry to campaign finance data. Viewers will find easy-to-navigate maps and charts that display the campaign finance data and there are search tools that will help sort through the FEC’s data sources. Viewers can download many of those data sets to perform analyses.
To provide that information and more, the website has interactive videos, directional text and contact information.
For providing information on federal elections, the FEC’s website is Government Video’s Website of the Week.
Click here to access the website.