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  • Press Release

FEC holds hearing on internet communication disclaimers

June 28, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Federal Election Commission heard testimony Wednesday and Thursday from 18 experts at a two-day public hearing on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding internet communication disclaimers.

The Commission is considering proposals for a rulemaking to amend the definition of “public communication” and regulations concerning disclaimers on public communications on the internet that contain express advocacy, solicit contributions, or are made by political committees. The Commission received over 165,800 public comments and signatories to others’ comments on the NPRM, which are available here.

“My goal is to try to come up with something that is administrable, clear, and objective,” Chair Caroline C. Hunter said as she opened the hearing Wednesday.

Vice Chair Ellen L. Weintraub joined her in thanking the witnesses for their written comments and for their testimony at the hearing.

“Making sure that the voters are fully informed is one of my strong priorities,” Vice Chair Weintraub said.

The witnesses (with links to their or their organizations’ written comments) were, in order of appearance:

Video of the first day of the hearing is available here. Video of the entire hearing, with separate links to video of each panel, will be available here.

The hearing record will remain open for additional written comments until mid-July.

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.