FEC: Final Rule, and Explanation and Justification on "Participation by Federal Candidates and Officeholders at Non-federal Fundraising Events"

May 5, 2010

 The Federal Election Commission (‘‘Commission’’) is revising its rules 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. Consistent with the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Shays v. FEC, Federal candidates and officeholders may no longer speak at State, district, and local party fundraising events ‘‘without restriction or regulation.’’ The revised rules address participation by Federal candidates and officeholders at all non-Federal fundraising events that are in connection with an election for Federal office or any non-Federal election and in related publicity. 

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