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For Immediate Release   Contact:  Judith Ingram
February 6, 2015   Julia Queen
    Christian Hilland
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FEC to Hold Public Hearing on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Light of McCutcheon, et al. v. FEC

WASHINGTON – The Federal Election Commission will hold a hearing on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, to hear public comment on a potential rulemaking to revise regulations in light of certain language from the Supreme Court’s April 2014 decision in McCutcheon, et al. v. FEC. The hearing will begin at 8:15 a.m. with welcoming remarks from Chair Ann M. Ravel and Vice Chairman Matthew S. Petersen.

More than 30 witnesses are scheduled to testify at the hearing, which will be held at the Commission office at 999 E Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C. Below is the schedule:

Schedule of Witnesses

8:15 – 8:30

Welcome by the Chair and Vice Chairman

Panel #1

8:30 – 9:30

Robert Bauer

Karen Getman

Elisabeth MacNamara (League of Women Voters)

John Phillippe Jr. (Republican National Committee)

Donald Simon (Democracy 21)

Bradley Smith (Center for Competitive Politics)

Panel #2

9:30 – 10:45

Richard Briffault

Bruce Cain

Craig Holman (Public Citizen)

Michael Malbin (Campaign Finance Institute)

Mark Schmitt (New America Foundation)

Zephyr Teachout

Donald McGahn (Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, Freedom Partners Action Fund)

Individual Witness Testimony

10:45 – 12:30

Testimony from Members of the Public

12:30 – 1:00


Panel #3

1:00  – 2:00

James Bopp, Jr. (James Madison Center for Free Speech,

Jay Costa (CounterPAC)

David Mason

Hans von Spakovsky 

Paul Ryan (Campaign Legal Center)

Daniel Weiner (Brennan Center for Justice)

Panel #4

2:00 – 3:00

Lisa Gilbert (Public Citizen)

Shaun McCutcheon (Coolidge-Reagan Foundation)

Matthew Sanderson

Stephen Spaulding (Common Cause)

Dan Backer (Conservative Action Fund)

Brian Svoboda (Perkins Coie LLP)

Panel #5

3:00 – 4:00

Heidi Abegg (Our Generation)

Norm Singleton (Campaign for Liberty)

Andrew Langer (Institute for Liberty)

Jeremiah Morgan (Free Speech Coalition, Free Speech Defense and Education Fund, U.S. Justice Foundation)

Daniel Smith (US PIRG)

David Williams (Taxpayers Protection Alliance)

Individual Witness Testimony

4:00 – TBD

Testimony from Members of the Public

The Commission will invite comment from members of the public between 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and after 4:00 p.m., and will also hear from:

Perianne Boring (Chamber of Digital Commerce)

Rachel Brewer

Glenn Conway

Susan Grogan

Jonathan Holtzman

Terrence Thrweatt

Matthew Walchuck    

Adekunle Iroko

Linda McGregor

Sai (Make Your Laws PAC)

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.

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