WASHINGTON - March 3 - Representatives of nonprofit organizations and political advocacy groups will hold a news conference tomorrow on proposed FEC regulations that would place unprecedented restrictions on free speech and political advocacy in a critical election year.
The groups, focused on civil rights, the environment, and the rights and well-being of women, children, minorities and the poor, have come together to oppose the draft proposal from the FEC counsel scheduled to come before the commission at its 10 a.m. meeting Thursday. The groups believe the overly broad draft has the potential to shut down a wide range of advocacy and electoral activity from voter registration drives to Capitol Hill advocacy, and severely restrict the ability to raise money for nonprofit causes.
The news conference is set for 9:00 a.m. Thursday, March 5th in the Wilson Room on the Constitution Level of the Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street NW. Speakers will include members of a coalition that first gathered a month ago to oppose an "advisory opinion" drafted by the FEC's counsel that included many of the same problems as the pending proposal.
WHAT: News Conference Opposing draft FEC rulemaking
WHO: Cecile Richards, President, America Votes
Ralph G. Neas, President, People For the American Way
Carl Pope, Executive Director, Sierra Club
Other speakers TBD.
WHERE: Wilson Room, Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street NW
WHEN: Thursday, March 4th, 2004