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Federal Election Commission

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an agency created to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act[?] of 1975 (FECA), the statute that governs the financing of federal elections in the United States.

The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of U.S. presidential elections.

The Commission is made up of six members, who are appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate. Each member serves a six-year term, and two seats are subject to appointment every two years. By law, no more than three Commissioners can be members of the same political party, and at least four votes are required for any official Commission action. This structure was created to encourage nonpartisan decisions. The Chairmanship of the Commission rotates among the members each year, with no member serving as Chairman more than once during his or her term.

Source: Adapted from FEC website: About the FEC (http://www.fec.gov/about) on June 1, 2003.

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