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For Immediate Release
July 6, 2004
Contact: Bob Biersack
Ron Harris
Ian Stirton
Kelly Huff
FEC SEEKS COMMENT ON PROPOSED RULES - PARTY COMMITTEE INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES AND COORDINATED PARTY EXPENDITURES
WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is seeking comment on the proposed deletion of current rules that restrict the ability of political party committees to make both independent expenditures and coordinated party expenditures with respect to the same candidate in connection with a general election for federal office.

The current rules also prohibit a political party committee that makes coordinated expenditures with respect to a candidate from transferring funds to, or assigning authority to make coordinates expenditures to, or receive a transfer of funds from, a political party committee that has made or intends to make an independent expenditure with respect to that candidate. 

These rules were promulgated in order to implement section 213 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.  However, in McConnell v. FEC, the U.S. Supreme Court held that section 213 is unconstitutional.  Therefore, the Commission proposes to remove the rules implementing section 213.  No final decision has been made by the Commission on the issues presented in this rulemaking.   Comments must be received by July 30, 2004.  The Notice was published in the Federal Register on June 30, 2004 and can be found at http://www.fec.gov/register.htm [obsolete link].

All comments should be addressed to Mr. Brad C. Deutsch, Assistant General Counsel, and may be submitted in either electronic or written form. Electronic mail comments are encouraged to ensure timely receipt, and should be sent to choiceprovision@fec.gov.  They must include the full name, electronic mail address, and postal service address of the commenter. Any attachments must be in the Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc) format.  Faxed comments should be sent to (202) 219-3923 with printed copy follow-up to ensure legibility.  Written comments should be sent to the Federal Election Commission, 999 E Street, NW, Washington DC 20463.

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