Federal Election Commission February 24, 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Candidate Solicitation at State, District, and Local Party Fundraising Events
Document Number: 05-3471
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-24
Agency: Federal Election Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Election Commission seeks comments on proposed changes to its rule regarding appearances by Federal officeholders and candidates at State, district, and local party fundraising events under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (``FECA'' or the ``Act''). The current regulation contains an exemption permitting Federal officeholders and candidates to speak at State, district, and local party fundraising events ``without restriction or regulation.'' This regulation was challenged in Shays v. FEC. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia held that this regulation implementing the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 was based on a permissible construction of the statute. However, the district court also held that the Commission had not provided adequate explanation of its decision to permit Federal candidates and officeholders to speak ``without restriction or regulation,'' and therefore had not satisfied the reasoned analysis requirement of the Administrative Procedure Act. The district court remanded the regulation to the Commission for further action consistent with the court's opinion. Accordingly, in order to comply with the court's decision, the Commission now revisits the exemption for candidate and Federal officeholder speech at State, district, and local party fundraising events. The Commission has made no final decision on the issues presented in this rulemaking. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.
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