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For Immediate Release:                                                                                             Contact:  Kelly Huff
December 16, 1999                                                                                                                       Ron Harris
                                                                                                                                                        Sharon Snyder
                                                                                                                                                        Ian Stirton




-McDonald to serve as Vice Chairman-


WASHINGTON -- Members of the Federal Election Commission have elected Darryl R. Wold as Chairman and Danny L. McDonald as Vice Chairman for 2000.

In December of each year, Commissioners elect a Chairman and Vice Chairman to serve for the upcoming calendar year. The Federal Election Campaign Act requires that the Chairman and Vice Chairman be of different political parties, and states that a member may serve as Chairman only once during a six-year term of office.

Chairman-elect Wold, a Republican, was nominated to the Federal Election Commission by President Clinton on November 5, 1997, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 30, 1998.

Prior to his appointment Mr. Wold was in private law practice in Orange County, California, since 1974. In addition to his own practice, he was counsel for election law litigation and enforcement defense matters to Reed and Davidson, a firm that practices election and political law, with offices in Orange County and Los Angeles.

Chairman Wold graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in California. He earned an LL.B. from Stanford University. He is a member of the California bar, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Vice Chairman-elect Danny L. McDonald, a Democrat, has previously served as both Chairman and Vice Chairman.

Prior to his initial appointment in 1981, the Sand Springs, Oklahoma, native served as General Administrator of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Additionally, he served as Secretary of the Tulsa County Election Board and as Chief Clerk of that Board. Commissioner McDonald was a member of the Advisory Panel to the FEC's National Clearinghouse on Election Administration. He currently is President of the American Council of Young Political Leaders.

Commissioner McDonald received a B. A. Degree from Oklahoma State University and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has served as a member of the JFK School Advisory Board for State and Local Government.

Created in 1975, the Federal Election Commission is an independent federal agency established to enforce limitations and prohibitions on contributions to federal candidates and committees, to require them to disclose their financial activities, and to administer the public financing program for Presidential elections.

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