[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 44 (Friday, March 6, 2015)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 12079]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-05178]


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FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

11 CFR Parts 104 and 114

[Notice 2015-03]


Independent Expenditures and Electioneering Communications by 
Corporations and Labor Organizations

AGENCY: Federal Election Commission.

ACTION: Announcement of Effective Date.

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SUMMARY: On October 21, 2014, the Commission published in the Federal 
Register a final rules implementing changes to its rules governing 
independent expenditures and electioneering communications by 
corporations and labor organizations. This document announces the 
effective date of amendments made by that final rule.

DATES: The effective date for the final rule published October 21, 
2014, at 79 FR 62797, is January 27, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robert M. Knop, Assistant General 
Counsel, or Ms. Joanna S. Waldstreicher, Ms. Esther D. Gyory, or Ms. 
Cheryl A.F. Hemsley, Attorneys, 999 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20463, 
(202) 694-1650 or (800) 424-9530.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 21, 2014, the Commission 
published final rules to implement changes to its rules governing 
independent expenditures and electioneering communications by 
corporations and labor organizations. Final Rules on Independent 
Expenditures and Electioneering Communications by Corporations and 
Labor Organizations 79 FR 62797 (Oct. 21, 2014). These changes 
responded to a Petition for Rulemaking filed by the James Madison 
Center for Free Speech petitioning the Commission to amend its 
regulations in response to the decision of the Supreme Court in 
Citizens United v. FEC, 558 U.S. 310 (2010). The final rules removed 
provisions prohibiting corporations and labor organizations from making 
independent expenditures and electioneering communications, and also 
removed or amended other regulations that implemented or referred to 
those prohibitions.
    Pursuant to 52 U.S.C. 30111(d), the Commission must transmit any 
rules or regulations to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and 
the President of the Senate for a period of 30 legislative days before 
they are finally prescribed. For the changes to 11 CFR parts 104 and 
114 concerning independent expenditures and electioneering 
communications by corporations and labor organizations, the rules were 
sent to Congress on October 10, 2014. The 30 legislative day period 
ended on January 26, 2015, in the Senate and January 27, 2015, in the 
House of Representatives.
    In the final rules, the Commission stated that it would publish a 
separate notice announcing the effective date of the amendments to 11 
CFR parts 104 and 114. 79 FR 62797. Through this Notice, the Commission 
announces that the effective date of amendments to 11 CFR parts 104 and 
114 is January 27, 2015.

    Dated: March 3, 2015.

    On behalf of the Commission.
Ann M. Ravel,
Chair, Federal Election Commission.
[FR Doc. 2015-05178 Filed 3-5-15; 8:45 am]
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