Lobbyist-Bundled Contributions Hearing

Yesterday the Federal Election Commission held a hearing and tackled a bundle of issues related to HLOGA’s provision requiring reporting of certain lobbyist-bundled contributions.

The commission, which enforces campaign finance law, held a final hearing on how to implement a new requirement that all federal candidates, parties and political committees report any registered lobbyists or lobbying entities who engage in bundling.

The bundling provision was part of the ethics and lobbying law cleared by the Democratic-controlled Congress and signed in September 2007 by President Bush. The goal of the provision is to improve the transparency of what has become a fundraising practice that has been rapidly expanding but largely unregulated.

The hearing transcript should be online here at some point.

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