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FEC Public Hearing on the McCutcheon v. FEC Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Federal Election Commission held 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 began at 8:15 a.m. with welcoming remarks from Chair Ann M. Ravel and Vice Chairman Matthew S. Petersen.

More than 30 witnesses testified at the hearing, which was held at the Commission office at 1050 First Street NE, Washington, D.C. Below was the schedule.

Comments filed in response to the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking can be found here.

The Commission will update this page with recorded audio files (.mp3) of each item of the agenda and a link to the video recording. The speaker icon Speaker Icon following each item will link to the sound file. For detailed help with playing these files on your computer visit the Audio Recordings page.

Speaker Icon Video of Entire Hearing (The file is large and may be slow load)

Schedule of Witnesses

Speaker Icon Morning Session


8:15 – 8:30 a.m.  

Panel #1

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Panel #2
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Individual Witness Testimony
10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Perianne Boring (Chamber of Digital Commerce)
  • Rachel Brewer
  • Glenn Conway
  • Susan Grogan
  • Jonathan Holtzman
  • Terrence Thrweatt
  • Matthew Walchuck
  • Sai (Make Your Laws PAC)
  • Testimony from Members of the Public

12:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Speaker Icon Afternoon Session

Panel #3
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • 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 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Lisa Gilbert (Public Citizen)
  • Shaun McCutcheon (Coolidge-Reagan Foundation)
  • Stephen Spaulding (Common Cause)
  • Dan Backer (Conservative Action Fund)
  • Brian Svoboda (Perkins Coie LLP)

Panel #5
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • 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 p.m. – TBD

  • Linda McGregor
  • Adekunle Iroko
  • Testimony from Members of the Public