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  • Press Release

FEC discusses petition for rulemaking

June 22, 2023

WASHINGTON – At its open meeting today, the Federal Election Commission discussed a Notice of Availability on a Petition for Rulemaking addressing the use of artificial intelligence in campaign advertisements. Prior to the meeting, the Commission approved on tally an Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum.

REG 2023-01 (Use of Artificial Intelligence in Campaign Ads) The Commission discussed a Notice of Availability seeking comment on whether the Commission should initiate a full rulemaking on a proposal in the Petition for Rulemaking from Public Citizen but did not approve publication of the notice by the required four affirmative votes. In the petition, Public Citizen asked the Commission to specify in regulation or guidance that its statutory provision regarding the fraudulent misrepresentation of campaign authority applies to deliberately deceptive artificial intelligence campaign advertisements.

Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum on the Communications Workers of America-COPE Political Contributions Committee In a tally vote Wednesday, the Commission approved an Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum on the Communications Workers of America-COPE Political Contributions Committee, covering campaign finance activity between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020. The Commission approved findings related to misstatement of financial activity and disclosure of occupation and name of employer.

Proposed Agency Procedure Regarding Litigation Brought Pursuant to 52 U.S.C. § 30109(a)(8) The Commission held over discussion of this agenda item to a future meeting.

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.