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  • Press Release

FEC to hold hearing on internet disclaimers Wednesday, June 27, and Thursday, June 28, 9:30 a.m.

June 21, 2018

 WASHINGTON – On June 27, the Commission will convene a two-day public hearing on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding internet disclaimers and the definition of “public communication.” The NPRM contains proposals to amend Commission regulations concerning disclaimers on public communications on the internet that contain express advocacy, solicit contributions, or are made by political committees. The Commission has received over 165,800 public comments and signatories to others’ comments on the NPRM, which are available here

Eighteen individuals are scheduled to testify at the two-day hearing. The witnesses (with links to their or their organizations’ comments) are:

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on June 27 and will be held at the Commission’s new headquarters at 1050 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. The full agenda is here:

Seating in the hearing room is limited and journalists are encouraged to let the Press Office know ahead of time if they are coming and what equipment they will bring. All attendees will be required to undergo a security screening. Please plan to arrive 30-45 minutes early and bring a government-issued photo ID to ensure a smooth security screening.  Further information regarding the NPRM and hearing logistics is available here.

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.