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banner Tuesday, 22 February, 2000, 18:18 GMT
Federal Election Commission / FEC

An independent regulatory agency created in 1975 to administer and enforce federal campaign finance law as defined in the 1972 Federal Election Campaign Act and subsequent amendments.

The act lays down strict reporting requirements for all candidates and campaign committees seeking election to federal office. It also applies to any individuals and groups spending money with the purpose of influencing federal elections,

The six-members of the commission are appointed by the president and have jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency.

By law, no more than three commissioners can be members of the same political party

During a campaign period the FEC collects and publishes regular updates on the sources of finance for federal candidates.

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