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Public Hearing on Political Committee Status Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

On March 11, 2004, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Political Committee Status. For more information on this rulemaking go to the searchable electronic rulemaking system. These documents are in PDF format which requires the free Acrobat Reader available from Adobe Systems.

Schedule & Comments

The names of each witness are linked to their comments. These documents are in PDF format which requires the free Acrobat Reader available from Adobe Systems.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004
9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m.
Opening Statements
9:30 am. 11:15 a.m.
Panel I

Jan Baran, Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP, on behalf of Chamber of Commerce of the United States

Laurence Gold, Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO

Donald Simon, Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLC, on behalf of Democracy 21

William Kirk, Board Member, Congressional Black Caucus Political Education & Leadership Institute

11:15 a.m. 11:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
Panel II

Nan Aron, President, Alliance for Justice

Richard Clair, Corporate Counsel, National Right to Work Committee

Craig Holman, Legislative Counsel, Public Citizen

12:30 p.m. 1:45 p.m.
Lunch Break
1:45 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
Panel III

Edward Foley, Professor of Law, Ohio State University

John Pomeranz, Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg LLP

Donald Tobin, Assistant Professor of Law, Ohio State University

Michael Trister, Lichtman, Trister & Ross, PLLC

3:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. 4:45 p.m.
Panel IV

David Bossie, President, Citizens United

Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

Greg Moore, Executive Director, NAACP National Voter Fund

J. Ward Morrow, Assistant General Counsel, American Federation of Government Employees


Thursday, April 15, 2004
9:30 a.m. 9:35 a.m.
Opening Remarks
9:35 a.m. 11:20 a.m.
Panel V

Robert Bauer, Perkins Coie LLP, on behalf of American Coming Together

James Bopp, Jr., Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom, on behalf of Focus on Family, Inc, National Right to Life Committee, Inc., National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund, National Right to Life PAC, Susan B. Anthony List, Inc. and SBA List Candidate Fund

Cleta Mitchell, Foley & Lardner

Lawrence Noble, Executive Director, Center for Responsive Politics

11:20 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Panel VI

Margaret McCormick, Counsel, National Education Association

Trevor Potter, Chair and General Counsel, Campaign Legal Center

Joseph Sandler, Sandler Reiff & Young PC, on behalf of MoveOn.org

Lyn Utrecht, Ryan, Phillips, Utrecht & MacKinnon, on behalf of Media Fund

1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
Panel VII

Michael Kink, Legislative Counsel, Housing Works, Inc.

Walter Olson, Free Speech Coalition, Inc.

Bill Piper, Interim Director of National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance

Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

3:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Panel VIII

Marv Johnson, Legislative Counsel, ACLU

Elliot Mincberg, Vice President, General Counsel & Legal and Education Director, People for the American Way

Carl Pope, Executive Director, Sierra Club

Kay Guinane, Counsel & Manager, OMB Watch

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