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For Immediate Release:                                  Contact:  Ian Stirton
June 24, 1998                                                     Ron Harris
                                                                  Sharon Snyder
                                                                  Kelly Huff

 

COMMISSION SEEKS COMMENTS ON PROPOSED RULEMAKING

-- Electronic Filing of Reports by Presidential Campaign Committees --

 

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is seeking public comment on proposed changes to its regulations to address the electronic filing of reports by publicly financed Presidential primary and general election candidates.

The proposed rules would specify that if Presidential candidates and their authorized committees have computerized their campaign finance records, they would agree to voluntarily participate in the Commission’s recently established electronic filing program as a condition of accepting federal funding.

Currently the authorized committees of Presidential candidates, like other political committees, have the option of submitting electronic reports should they desire. The proposed changes to the candidate agreement regulations would establish electronic filing as an additional prerequisite for the receipt of public funding. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, however, makes clear that these new regulations would apply only to those committees that decide to rely upon a computer system to maintain and use their campaign finance data. "Thus, the draft rules would not burden campaign committees with new requirements if they [committees] are not computerized," the Notice stipulates.

All comments must be submitted in either written or electronic form and addressed to Ms. Susan E. Propper, Assistant General Counsel, Federal Election Commission, 999 E Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20463. Faxed comments should be sent to (202) 219-3923, with printed copy follow-up. Electronic mail comments should be sent to elecfiling@fec.gov.

Comments must be received on or before July 17, 1998. Full text of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking appeared in the June 17, 1998, Federal Register, Vol. 63, page 33012. Also, it may be obtained from the FEC’s Website, www.fec.gov, and the FEC Faxline, (202) 501-3413.