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  • Press Release

Schedule Set for August 28 - 29 Public Hearing

August 26, 2002

For Immediate Release
August 26, 2002
Contact: Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
Kelly Huff


WASHINGTON – A two-day hearing is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday August 28 and Thursday August 29 to gain public input on the Federal Election Commission’s proposed rulemaking on aspects of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA).

The Commission is now seeking comment on draft rules that implement the statutory requirements regarding electioneering communications. These include broadcast, cable and satellite communications that refer to a clearly identified federal candidate within 60 days of a general election or within 30 days of a primary election for federal office, and for candidates for the U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives, targeted to reach 50,000 or more people within the jurisdiction of a campaign.

The FEC issued the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on August 2, with a public-comment and request-to-testify deadline of August 21. (Written comments from those not requesting to testify at the public hearing are due on August 29.)

The Commission received 16 sets of comments from various members of the public, groups, and party entities. Those requesting to testify and the schedule for August 28-29 are:

Wednesday August 28
9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Commissioners’ Opening Statements

Michael Malbin, Campaign Finance Institute

Donald F. McGahn, National Republican Congressional Committee

Glen Shor, The Campaign and Media Legal Center

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Heidi Abegg, American Taxpayer Alliance

Robert Alt, Claremont Institute

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Lloyd Mayer, Independent Sector

Tim Mooney, Alliance for Justice


Thursday, August 29
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Larry Noble, Center for Responsive Politics

Paul Sanford, FEC Watch

Don Simon, Common Cause and Democracy 21

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Kristina Wilfore, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center

Kay Guinane, OMB Watch


The hearing will be conducted in the Commission’s 9th floor hearing room, 999 E St. NW.

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