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For Immediate Release

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Judith Ingram

February 26, 2010

Julia Queen
  Christian Hilland
   

FEC to Hold Public Hearing on Coordinated Communications

Tuesday, March 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Wednesday, March 3, 10-11:45 a.m.
FEC Hearing Room

Washington—The Federal Election Commission will hold a public hearing on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) addressing its proposed rules regarding coordinated communications at 11 CFR 109.21 in response to the decision of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Shays v. FEC, 528 F.3d 914 (D.C. Cir. 2008). The Commission has also sought comments on whether the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, 558 U.S. ___ (2010), has any effect on the Commission’s proposals on the coordinated communications NPRM.

The Commission will hear testimony from the following:

  • Jan Baran (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
  • Jessica Furst (National Republican Congressional Committee)
  • Craig Holman (Public Citizen)
  • William McGinley (Patton Boggs, speaking in his individual capacity)
  • Sean Cairncross (National Republican Senatorial Committee)
  • Cleta Mitchell (Foley & Lardner, speaking in her individual capacity)
  • Mike Trister (Alliance for Justice)
  • Marc Elias (Democratic National Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee)
  • Laurence Gold (AFL-CIO)
  • Steve Hoersting (Center for Competitive Politics)
  • Paul Ryan (Campaign Legal Center)

The two-day hearing will be held at the Commission’s offices at 999 E Street, N.W. in Washington. The schedule of witnesses is available on the FEC website.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Established in 1975, the FEC is composed of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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