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For Immediate Release
October 8, 2002
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
FEC ANNOUNCES WEEKEND AND EXTENDED HOURS
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has scheduled weekend and extended hours for the Public Records Office to accommodate press and public seeking review of campaign disclosure reports filed by Senate and House candidates, PACs, and political party committees.

From October 15 through November 4 the hours are:

Mondays - Fridays 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sundays 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Campaign disclosure reports due in the month of October are the October quarterly report, October monthly and Pre-General election reports. These reports cover financial activity through September 30, 2002, and are due by close of business Tuesday, October 15 (October quarterly), or Sunday, October 20 (October monthly) if sent by regular mail or hand-delivered. If sent certified or registered mail, these reports must be postmarked no later than midnight of the due date. Electronically filed reports must be received by midnight, Eastern Time, on the filing date. Senate campaigns file their reports with the Secretary of the Senate, who then forwards the reports to the FEC. House, PAC, and party committees file their reports with the FEC.

Pre-General election reports include financial activity for the period of October 1, 2002, through October 16, 2002, and are due by close of business Thursday, October 24, 2002, if sent by regular mail or hand-delivered. If sent by certified or registered mail, these reports must be postmarked by midnight Monday, October 21, 2002. Senate campaigns file their reports with the Secretary of the Senate, who then transmits the reports to the FEC. All other committees file their reports directly with the FEC. Reports of last minute independent expenditures and contributions of $1,000 or more (24-hour and 48-hour reports) will also be received daily by the FEC for activity occurring after October 16.

Digital images of campaign finance reports are available on the FEC Website, www.fec.gov. All reports filed by PACs, political parties, and House campaigns are available for viewing on the Web within 48 hours of the reports being received by the FEC.

The Public Records Office accepts most major credit cards as method of payment for copying documents and deposits for Public Records accounts. The telephone number for the Public Records Office is (202) 694-1120, or toll-free (800) 424-9530 (option #3). The FAXline number is (202) 501-3413.

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