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For Immediate Release
June 3, 2002
Contact: Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
Kelly Huff



WASHINGTON – A two-day hearing is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow and Wednesday (June 4 – 5) to gain public input on the Federal Election Commission’s proposed rulemaking on aspects of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA) that eliminate or restrict non-federal financial activity ("soft money") for national, state, and local party organizations.

The FEC issued the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on May 9, with a public-comment and request-to-testify deadline of May 29. Under the BCRA, signed into law by President Bush on March 27, the Congressionally-mandated date of rule-promulgation on this aspect of the law is June 25.

The Commission received 19 sets of comments from various members of the public, Congressional, and party entities. Those requesting to testify and the schedule for June 4 – 5 are:


Tuesday, June 4
9:30 a.m. Commissioners’ Opening Statements
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Trevor Potter, General Counsel; Glen Shore, Assoc. Legal Counsel, Campaign & Media Legal Center

Donald J. Simon, Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, Counsel for Common Cause and Democracy 21

Lawrence M. Noble, Executive Director, Center for Responsive Politics

Paul Sanford, Director, FEC Watch

12 p.m. –  2 p.m. Lunch Break
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Laurence E. Gold, Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO

Ki P. Hong, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, Counsel for NAACP National Voter Fund

Paul E. Sullivan, Foley & Lardner, Counsel for The Latino Coalition and the Taxpayer Network, Inc.

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Benjamin J. Ginsberg, Patton Boggs, LLP (testifying in his personal capacity)
Wednesday, June 5
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Robert J. Bauer, Perkins Coie, L.L.P., Counsel for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Thomas J. Josefiak, Chief Counsel, and Charles R. Spies, Deputy, Counsel, Republican National Committee

Joseph E. Sandler and Neil P. Reiff, Sandler, Reiff & Young, P.C., Counsel for the Democratic National Committee

Donald F. McGahn II, General Counsel, National Republican Congressional Committee

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Joseph E. Sandler and Neil P. Reiff, Sandler, Reiff & Young, P.C., Counsel for Association of State Democratic Chairs

Mark Brewer, Chair, Michigan Democratic Party

Thomas J. Josefiak and Charles R. Spies, Counsel for Patricia Brister, Chairman of the Republican State Chairmen

The hearing will be conducted in the Commission’s 9th floor hearing room, 999 E St. NW.

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