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Federal Election Commission
Seal of the United States Federal Election Commission.svg
Agency overview
FormedOctober 15, 1974; 46 years ago (1974-10-15)
JurisdictionFederal government of the United States
StatusIndependent regulatory agency
HeadquartersWashington, DC, US
Employees339 (2006)[needs update]
Annual budget$79,100,000 USD (FY 2017)[1]
Agency executives
Key document
Websitewww.fec.gov Edit this at Wikidata

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency of the United States whose purpose is to enforce campaign finance law in United States federal elections. Created in 1974 through amendments to the Federal Election Campaign Act,[4] the commission describes its duties as "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."

The commission has not functioned since late August 2019, with an exception for the period of May 2020 to July 2020, due to lack of a quorum.[5][6] In the absence of a quorum, the commission cannot vote on complaints or give guidance through advisory opinions. As of May 19, 2020, there were 350 outstanding matters on the agency's enforcement docket and 227 items waiting for action.[7]