Petition for Rulemaking on Candidate Debates
On November 14, 2014, the Commission published a Notice of Availability seeking public comments on a Petition for Rulemaking from Level the Playing Field. The petition requests that the agency amend its regulations on candidate debates to revise the criteria governing the inclusion of candidates in presidential and vice presidential debates. Read more...
Final Rules on Independent Expenditures and Electioneering Communications by
Corporations and Labor Organizations
On October 9, 2014, the Commission approved final rules that permit corporations and labor organizations to finance independent expenditures and electioneering communications. The rules were promulgated in response to a Petition for Rulemaking filed by the James Madison Center for Free Speech petitioning the Commission to revise its regulations in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, 558 U.S. 310 (2010), which invalidated the ban on corporate independent expenditures and electioneering communications. Read more...
Commission Issues Interim Final Rule and ANPRM to Address Supreme Court Ruling in McCutcheon
(Posted 10/17/2014; By Myles Martin)
On October 9, 2014, the Commission approved both an interim final rule and an
Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to revise the Commission’s
regulations to reflect the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC.
The interim final rule removes regulations that impose aggregate contribution
limits the Court held were unconstitutional, and the ANPRM invites public
comment on whether the Commission should undertake a new rulemaking to revise or
amend other regulations in light of the Court’s ruling. The Commission intends
to hold a hearing on the ANPRM on February 11, 2015, and invites public comment
on what revisions, if any, it should consider. Read more...
Petition for Rulemaking on Federal Office Definition
On August 28, 2014, the Commission received a Petition for Rulemaking from National Convention PBC. The petition urges the Commission to expand its regulatory definition of “federal office” to include delegates to a constitutional convention. Read more...
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