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For Immediate Release
March 28, 2005
Contact: Ian Stirton
Bob Biersack
Kelly Huff
George Smaragdis




WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has transmitted 16 recommendations to Congress and the President for legislative action in the area of campaign finance law, as required annually under 2 U.S.C.§ 438(A)(9).  Five of these recommendations were identified as legislative priorities by the Commission.

  • Adding the FEC to the list of agencies authorized to issue immunity orders under Title 18;
  • Increasing the record retention period from three to five years;
  • Providing that any person may later be named a respondent if that person is found, during an enforcement action, to have aided or abetted another party in violating the Act;
  • Making the administrative fine program permanent; and
  • Requiring Senate candidates to file electronic reports.

Some of the other 11 recommendations in the legislative package include stabilizing the Presidential Public Funding Program and indexing for inflation both the limit on contributions by one authorized committee to another and the contribution limitations applicable to multicandidate political committees. 

In a cover letter to the President and Congress, FEC Chairman Scott E. Thomas wrote, “We hope these recommendations can assist Congress in bringing to fruition some necessary changes in campaign finance law.  With 30 years of experience and accomplishments, in these areas, the FEC stands ready to work with the President and Congress to implement the legislative package.”

The full text of the Commission’s 2004 Legislative Recommendations is available on the FEC website at http://www.fec.gov/law/legislative_recommendations_2005.shtml.

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