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For Immediate Release
October 29, 2004
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Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
Kelly Huff  George Smaragdis

FEC VOTES ON SPECIFICS OF SHAYS V. FEC APPEAL

WASHINGTON –The Federal Election Commission (FEC) voted Thursday to ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to overturn a U.S. District Court's conclusions regarding several regulations the Commission adopted to implement the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA). The case is Shays v. FEC, Case No. 04-5352 in the court of appeals. The Commission voted to:

The FEC will also ask the court of appeals to review district court findings about plaintiff's standing and the ripeness of issues in this litigation.

The Commission also decided that it will be opening rulemaking proceedings to adjust those regulations, many of which were found deficient on procedural rather than substantive grounds.

In announcing the decision, FEC Chairman Bradley A. Smith said, “The Commission will present a strong case to the Court of Appeals that its rules reflect a proper exercise of agency discretion. It is also worth noting that none of the problems the plaintiffs predicted would be caused by the regulations have come to pass.”

 

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