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  • Press Release

FEC to hold February 14 hearing on audit procedures

February 7, 2023

WASHINGTON – The Federal Election Commission will hold a hybrid public hearing on February 14, 2023, on its policies and processes regarding the auditing of political committees that do not receive public funds.

The Commission last made substantial changes to its audit processes and procedures over a decade ago. The hearing will provide an opportunity for witnesses to present testimony before the Commission either in person or virtually. Any member of the public who wishes to testify must provide written comment by tomorrow, February 8, 2023, in accordance with the instructions provided in the Federal Register Notice published on January 9, 2023.

“We are hoping to hear from the regulated community, Committees or their counsel on how we might increase fairness, substantive and procedural due process, efficiency, and effectiveness of the Commission’s auditing of political committees, and on how the audit function could best serve the Commission’s mission and enhance disclosure and compliance,” said Chair Dara Lindenbaum.

“We want to give the regulated community and representatives of the public an opportunity to bring their experiences and ideas to the table,” Chair Lindenbaum said. “We will use the comments received to help determine whether internal directives or practices should be adjusted, and if so, how.”

The hearing will begin at 11 a.m., and members of the public may attend in person or virtually. The list of witnesses will be posted on the hearing page on February 10.

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.