Federal Election Commission Released Proposed Interim Final Rule to Protect Grassroots Lobbying – August 3, 2006

The Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission, Hans van Spakovsky, proposed an Interim Final Rule exempting certain grassroots lobbying communications from advertising restrictions imposed by the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.  The exemption would apply where, among other things, the communication (i) is directed at an incumbent in his or her capacity as a holder of public office, and not as a candidate; (ii) relates to a public policy issue being considered by Congress or the Executive Branch; and (iii) urges the incumbent to take a position or the public to contact the incumbent on the issue.

Click here for the Interim Final Rule Exempting Grassroots Lobbying Communications From the Definition of "Electioneering Communication."

Click here for the post regarding the Interim Final Rule on the Alliance for Justice’s Nonprofit and Foundation Advocacy Blog.