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For Immediate Release
September 28, 2004
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Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
Kelly Huff
George Smaragdis

FEC VOTES TO APPEAL COURT DECISION REGARDING COMMISSION REGULATIONS 

Washington –The Federal Election Commission today decided to file a Notice of Appeal from the recent U.S. District Court decision requiring the Commission to reconsider several of the many rules it adopted to implement the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA). The Commission has not yet determined whether it will ask the court of appeals to review all, or only some, of the rules remanded to the Commission by the district court.

The case, Shays-Meehan v. FEC , which was originally filed in October 2002 by Representatives Christopher Shays and Martin Meehan, challenged some of the Commission regulations implementing the provisions of BCRA. For more information regarding the case see the FEC Record of December 2002 (Vol. 28, No. 12).

Following the vote to file the Notice of Appeal, FEC Chairman Bradley Smith said: “We believe that the Commission has a very strong case for appeal based on the factual circumstances as well as legal precedent.”

Documents related to this case can be found on the Commission's Web Site under BCRA Litigation.