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Judith Ingram

November 4 , 2009

Julia Queen

  Christian Hilland

FEC HOLDS FIRST HEARING UNDER NEW AUDIT PROCEDURES POLICY

WASHINGTON – The Federal Election Commission (FEC) today held its first hearing under new procedural rules that allow representatives for non-publicly funded, non-Presidential committees to present oral arguments during the audit process. This hearing was among the new procedural rules the Commission approved this year in order to promote transparency and fairness during the audit process and allow the Commission an opportunity to ask relevant questions directly to the audited committee prior to adopting a final audit report. Today’s hearing highlights the results of a lengthy Commission exchange with the public on ways to provide more clarity and opportunities for committees to respond during the enforcement process.

At the open meeting, Counsel for the Tennessee Democratic Party appeared before the Commission to address the proposed findings in the FEC Audit Division’s draft final audit report. The Commission will consider today’s arguments before voting on the final audit report at a later date.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Established in 1975, the FEC is composed of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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