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TO AMEND THE FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN ACT OF 1971,

AS AMENDED, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

JULY 13, 1979

Printed for the use of the
Committee on Rules and Administration

U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

49-780

WASHINGTON : 1979

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CLAIBORNE PELL, Rhode Island, Chairman HOWARD W. CANNON, Nevada

MARK O. HATFIELD, Oregon ROBERT C. BYRD, West Virginia

HOWARD H. BAKER, JR., Tennessee HARRISON A. WILLIAMS, JR.,

JOHN TOWER, Texas New Jersey

RICHARD S. SCHWEIKER, WENDELL H. FORD, Kentucky

Pennsylvania DENNIS DECONCINI, Arizona

WILLIAM MCWHORTER COCHRANE, Staff Director

CHESTER H. SMITH, Chief Counsel
THOMAS K. DECKER, Minority Staj Director
WINFIELD W. MAJOR, Jr., Counsel (Elections)

JACK L. SAPP, Professional Staf Member

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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 1979

Opening statement of Hon. Claiborne Pell, chairman of the Committee on

Rules and Administration..

Statement of —

Robert 0. Tiernan, chairman, Federal Election Commission; accom-

panied by Max Friedersdorf, vice chairman; Orlando B. Potter,

staff director; and William C. Oldaker, general counsel.-

Panel consisting of Morley Winograd, president, Association of State

Democratic Chairpersons; Fred Wertheimer, senior vice president,

Common Cause; and Russell D. Hemenway, national director, Na-

tional Committee for an Effective Congress.-

Fred Wertheimer..

Russell D. Hemenway -

Prepared statement of-

Federal Election Commission (with an attachment) --

Morley Winograd, president, Association of State Democratic Chair-

persons.-

Fred Wertheimer, senior vice president, Common Cause.

Russell D. Hemenway, national director, National Committee for an

Effective Congress.--

The Associated General Contractors of America..

Daniel J. Swillinger, chairman of the Legislative Subcommittee of the

Political Campaign and Election Law Committee of the Federal

Bar Association..

Mary Meehan, treasurer, Committee for a Constitutional Presidency.

Written responses of the Federal Election Commission to questions pro-

pounded by—

Senator Pell..

Senator Hatfield..

Letters addressed to Hon. Claiborne Pell, chairman of the Committee on

Rules and Administration, from:

Hilton Davis, vice president, Legislative and Political Affairs, Cham-

ber of Commerce of the United States.-

Hon. Ed Bethune, a U.S. Representative from the State of Arkansas,

enclosing a letter from the Secretary of the State of Arkansas.-

Hon. Burt L. Talcott, a former U.S. Representative from the State of

California, and presently with Louis C. Kramp and Associates,

Washington, D.C. (with an enclosure).

Miscellaneous :

Committee working draft No. 1.-

Summary

Committee working draft No. 2.

Summary-

“Decontrol of Campaigns," from the Washington Post, July 23, 1979.

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FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN ACT

AMENDMENTS, 1979

FRIDAY, JULY 13, 1979

U.S. SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON RULES AND ADMINISTRATION,

Washington, D.C. The committee met, pursuant to call, at 10 a.m., in room 301, Russell Senate Office Building, Hon. Claiborne Pell (chairman), presiding. Present: Senators Pell, Cannon, Hatfield, and Schweiker. Staff present: William M. Cochrane, staff director; Chester H. Smith, chief counsel; Thomas K. Decker, minority staff director; Raymond N. Nelson, professional staff member; John K. Swearingen, director, technical services; Winfield Major, counsel (elections) ; Jack L. Sapp, professional staff member; Donald F. Massey, minority counsel; Elaine W. Milliken, minority counsel (elections); John L. Sousa, counsel (elections); Peggy L. Parrish, chief clerk; and Paul E. Goulding, professional staff member. OPENING STATEMENT OF HON. CLAIBORNE PELL, CHAIRMAN OF

THE COMMITTEE ON RULES AND ADMINISTRATION

The CHAIRMAN. The Committee on Rules and Administration will come to order.

Today we are going to conduct hearings on long-overdue amendments to the Federal Election Campaign Act. We also have a certain amount of committee business to do as well, so we hope the hearing can move as expeditiously as possible.

The basis for the committee's consideration is a bill from the 95th Congress, S. 926, which passed the Senate by a vote of 88 to 1 on August 3, 1977. Although this legislation was not enacted because of complications on the House side, the bill contained many important provisions which have received strong bipartisan support as necessary revisions to the Campaign Act.

The committee has also included in its working draft some of the legislative recommendations of the Federal Election Commission. The Commission's experience with the act over the past 4 years has provided valuable suggestions for simplifying the act's reporting requirements and improving its administration.

Although the Commission has been subject to criticism recently because of problems encountered in administering the Federal Election Campaign Act, some of that criticism can legitimately be directed at the Congress which enacted this exceedingly complicated statute. It is my hope that today's hearing will launch the Congress on a construc

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