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  • Press Release

FEC to hold hearing on proposed changes to regulations regarding use of campaign funds to compensate candidates

March 17, 2023

WASHINGTON – The Commission will hold a hybrid public hearing at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, on proposed changes to regulations regarding the use of campaign funds by a candidate’s principal campaign committee to pay compensation to the candidate.

The proposed changes could expand the ability of candidates to use campaign funds for candidate compensation, including salaries, health insurance premiums, and dependent care costs. Testimony provided at the hearing may inform the Commission’s consideration of whether or not to amend the regulations governing candidate compensation.

The Commission has received 12 comments in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which was published in the Federal Register on December 12, 2022. At the hearing, it will hear testimony from the following witnesses:

Panel One:

  • U.S. Representative Maxwell Frost (10th District of Florida)
  • Laurence Gold (AFL-CIO)
  • Jacquelyn Lopez (DSCC)
  • Neil Makhija (University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School)
  • Brad Smith (Institute for Free Speech)
  • Daniel Weiner (Brennan Center for Justice)

Panel Two:

  • 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 is scheduled to conclude with closing remarks at 3:30 p.m. Members of the public can attend in person or virtually.

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.