FEC hears testimony on proposed changes to regulations regarding use of campaign funds to compensate candidates
WASHINGTON – The Commission today heard testimony from a Member of Congress, five former congressional candidates, and five other witnesses on proposed changes to regulations regarding the use of campaign funds by a candidate’s principal campaign committee to pay compensation to the candidate.
Testimony provided at the hearing may inform the Commission’s consideration of whether to amend the regulations governing candidate compensation. The proposed changes could expand the ability of candidates to use campaign funds for candidate compensation, which could include health insurance premiums and dependent care costs.
The hearing followed a December 2022 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing changes to the relevant regulations. The Commission received several comments on both the Petition and the NPRM.
The Commission heard testimony from the following witnesses today:
- U.S. Representative Maxwell Frost (10th District of Florida)
- Laurence Gold (AFL-CIO)
- Jacquelyn Lopez (DSCC)
- Dr. Neil Makhija (University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School)
- Brad Smith (Institute for Free Speech)
- Daniel Weiner (Brennan Center for Justice)
- Matthew Hoh (2022 U.S. Senate Candidate)
- Georgia State Senator Nabilah Islam (2020 U.S. House Candidate)
- Odessa Kelly (2022 U.S. House Candidate)
- Shrina Kurani (2022 U.S. House Candidate)
- Liuba Grechen Shirley (2018 U.S. House Candidate and Founder and CEO, Vote Mama Foundation)
The hearing record will be open for supplementary comments until 5:30 p.m. on March 29.
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.###