State, District, and Local Party Committee Payment of Certain Salaries and Wages
This notice reopens the comment period for a notice of proposed rulemaking for proposed changes to regulations regarding payments by State, district or local party committees for salaries and wages of employees who spend 25 percent or less of their compensated time in a month on activities in connection with a Federal election. The proposed changes would require these expenses to be paid using at least some Federal funds, consistent with the rulings of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Shays v. Federal Election Commission.
Definition of Federal Election Activity
This notice reopens the comment period for a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend the definition of ``Federal election activity.'' The comment period will be open for thirty days. The NPRM includes proposals that would retain the existing definition of ``voter registration activity'' and modify the existing definitions of ``get- out-the-vote activity'' and ``voter identification'' to conform Commission rules to the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Shays v. Federal Election Commission.
Filing Dates For the California Special Election in the 48th Congressional District
California has scheduled a special general election on October 4, 2005, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the Forty- Eighth Congressional District vacated by Representative Christopher Cox. Under California law, a majority winner in a special election is declared elected. Should no candidate achieve a majority vote, a special runoff election will be held on December 6, 2005, among the top vote-getters of each qualified political party, including qualified independent candidates. Committees participating in the California special elections are required to file pre- and post-election reports. Filing dates for these reports are affected by whether one or two elections are held.
The Federal Election Commission is seeking comment on proposed changes to its rule defining ``electioneering communications'' under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (``FECA''). The proposed changes would modify the definition of ``publicly distributed'' and the exemptions to the definition of ``electioneering communications'' consistent with the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Shays v. FEC, portions of which were affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. With regard to possible exemptions, the Commission is considering a range of options, including: Retaining the section 501(c)(3) organization exemption and the State candidate exemption; narrowing the section 501(c)(3) organization exemption; repealing the two current exemptions for section 501(c)(3) organizations and State candidates; and replacing all of the current exemptions with a broad new exemption covering all communications that do not promote, support, attack or oppose a Federal candidate. The Commission has made no final decision on the issues presented in this rulemaking. Further information is provided in the supplementary information that follows.