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For Immediate Release   Contact:  Judith Ingram
February 10, 2015   Julia Queen
    Christian Hilland
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FEC Public Hearing on the McCutcheon v. FEC Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, February 11, 2015

WASHINGTON – The Federal Election Commission will hold a hearing on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, to hear public comment on a potential rulemaking to revise regulations in light of certain language from the Supreme Court’s April 2014 decision in McCutcheon, et al. v. FEC. The hearing will begin at 8:15 a.m. with welcoming remarks from Chair Ann M. Ravel and Vice Chairman Matthew S. Petersen.

More than 30 witnesses are scheduled to testify at the hearing, which will be held at the Commission office at 999 E Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C. Below is the schedule:

Schedule of Witnesses (revised as of February 10)

8:15 – 8:30

Welcome by the Chair and Vice Chairman


Panel #1

8:30 – 9:30

Karen Getman

Elisabeth MacNamara (League of Women Voters)

Michael Malbin (Campaign Finance Institute)

John Phillippe Jr. (Republican National Committee)

Donald Simon (Democracy 21)

Bradley Smith (Center for Competitive Politics)


Panel #2

9:30 – 10:45

Richard Briffault

Bruce Cain

Craig Holman (Public Citizen)

Mark Schmitt (New America Foundation)

Zephyr Teachout

Donald McGahn (Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, Freedom Partners Action Fund)

Robert Bauer

Individual Witness Testimony

10:45 – 12:30

Perianne Boring (Chamber of Digital Commerce)

Rachel Brewer

Glenn Conway

Susan Grogan

Jonathan Holtzman

Terrence Thrweatt

Matthew Walchuck   

Sai (Make Your Laws PAC)

Testimony from Members of the Public

12:30 – 1:00


Panel #3

1:00  – 2:00

James Bopp, Jr. (James Madison Center for Free Speech,

Jay Costa (CounterPAC)

David Mason

Hans von Spakovsky

Paul Ryan (Campaign Legal Center)

Daniel Weiner (Brennan Center for Justice)

Panel #4

2:00 – 3:00

Lisa Gilbert (Public Citizen)

Shaun McCutcheon (Coolidge-Reagan Foundation)

Stephen Spaulding (Common Cause)

Dan Backer (Conservative Action Fund)

Brian Svoboda (Perkins Coie LLP)


Panel #5

3:00 – 4:00

Heidi Abegg (Our Generation)

Norm Singleton (Campaign for Liberty)

Andrew Langer (Institute for Liberty)

Jeremiah Morgan (Free Speech Coalition, Free Speech Defense and Education Fund, U.S. Justice Foundation)

Daniel Smith (US PIRG)

David Williams (Taxpayers Protection Alliance)

Individual Witness Testimony

4:00 – TBD

Linda McGregor

Adekunle Iroko

Testimony from Members of the Public

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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