News Releases, Media Advisories
|For Immediate Release
April 16, 2003
|FEC SEEKS COMMENTS ON PROPOSED RULE: PUBLIC FINANCING
OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, NOMINATING CONVENTIONS
|Washington The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is seeking
comments on proposed changes to its rules governing publicly financed presidential
candidates, in both the primary and general elections, and national nominating
These regulations implement the provisions of the Presidential Election Campaign Fund Act, the Presidential Primary Matching Payment Account Act and the Presidential Nominating Conventions Act, which establish eligibility requirements for presidential candidates and party nominating conventions seeking public financing, and indicate how funds received under the public financing system may be spent.
The purpose of the proposed rule-revisions (available at http://www.fec.gov/register.htm) is to more effectively administer the public financing program during the 2004 election cycle. In addition, the Commission is considering how the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA), along with the Commissions implementing regulations related to BCRA, may affect the public funding rules.
The NPRM, approved by the Commission on April 3, 2003 would address many of the sections in the current regulations, including:
Complete text within these topics in the proposed rulemaking was published in the Federal Register on April 15, 2003. No final decisions have been reached by the Commission on any of the proposed revisions in the proposed rulemaking.
Comments should be addressed to Ms. Mai T. Dinh, Acting Assistant General Counsel, 999 E St. NW, Washington DC 20463, and must be submitted in either written or electronic form. Faxed comments should be sent to (202) 219-3923, with printed copy follow-up. Electronic mail comments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include the full name, electronic mail address and postal service address of the commenter.
Comments must be received on or before May 9, 2003. If the Commission receives sufficient requests to testify, it will hold a hearing on the proposed rules on May 19, 2003 at 10 a.m. Commenters wishing to testify at the haring must indicate in their written or electronic comments.