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For Immediate Release
October 18, 2002
Contact: Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
Kelly Huff
SCHEDULE SET FOR OCTOBER 23-24 PUBLIC HEARING
WASHINGTON – A two-day hearing is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday October 23 and Thursday October 24 to gain public input on the Federal Election Commission’s proposed rulemaking on those aspects of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA) commonly referred to as "coordination".

The Commission proposed rules to implement the statutory requirements regarding coordinated and independent expenditures. This NPRM primarily addresses communications that are made independently from, or in coordination with, a candidate, an authorized committee of a candidate, or a political party committee. The proposed regulations would set forth the meaning of "coordination." They would also set forth statutory requirements for political party committees with respect to the permitted timing of independent and coordinated expenditures, and transfers and assignments. Also, new rules are proposed for reporting of independent expenditures.

The FEC issued the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on September 12, with a public-comment and request-to-testify deadline of October 11. The Commission received 20 sets of comments from various members of the public, groups, and party entities. Those requesting to testify and the schedule for October 23-24 are:

 

Wednesday October 23
9:30 a.m. Commissioners’ Opening Statements
10:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m. Robert Alt, Fellow, The Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence Claremont Institute

Gregory S. Casey, President & CEO, Business Industry Political Action Committee

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Robert F. Bauer, Perkins Coie, L.L. P. Counsel for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Donald F. McGahn II, General Counsel, National Republican Congressional Committee

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Robin Kolodny, PhD., Associate Professor of Political Science, Temple University

Craig Holman, PhD., Legislative Representative, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch

 

Thursday, October 24
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Glen Shor, Associate Legal Counsel, Campaign & Media Legal Center

Donald J. Simon, Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, Counsel for Common Cause and Democracy 21

Lawrence M. Noble, Executive Director, Center for Responsive Politics

Paul Sanford, Director, FEC Watch

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thomas J. Josefiak, Chief Counsel, Republican National Committee

Joseph E. Sandler, Sandler, Reiff & Young, P.C. Counsel for the Democratic National Committee

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Heidi K. Abegg, Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, Counsel for the American Taxpayers Alliance

John Pomeranz, Nonprofit Advocacy Director, Alliance for Justice

 

This rulemaking is one of seven sets of rules required to implement BCRA, all of which are scheduled to be completed by December 22, 2002. Rules regarding raising and spending of nonfederal funds (soft money) and electioneering communications have been completed, and other rulemakings implementing remaining elements in the Act are underway.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and written comments regarding these rules are available on the Commission’s web site at:

http://www.fec.gov/pages/bcra/rulemakings/coordinated_independent_expenditures.htm

The hearing will be conducted in the Commission’s 9th floor hearing room, 999 E St. NW.

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