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CREW: FEC: Regarding FEC Commissioners' Communications: 3/7/2011

On March 7th, 2011, CREW filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) seeking records that will shed light on communications three commissioners had with parties outside of the FEC. FEC rules forbid commissioners from engaging in ex parte communications – private communications with parties with business before the commission, such as enforcement actions, audits, advisory opinions, rulemaking proceedings, and lawsuits. Any time a commissioner receives an ex parte communication, he or she is required to deliver it to an FEC ethics officer, or write a statement describing the communication if it is oral.