The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) is scheduled to hold an open meeting today at 10 am. The agenda can be found here. The Commissioners are scheduled to discuss the federal court’s order in Van Hollen v. FEC and the regulated community’s reporting requirements for electioneering communications. The federal court’s order requires the FEC to advise the court no later than October 12, 2012 whether it intends to initiate a rulemaking or defend the current regulation – the 2007 regulation.
UPDATE: The Democratic Commissioners just made a motion to initiate a rulemaking in response to the federal court’s order. The motion failed along party lines — the three Democratic Commissioners voted in favor of the rulemaking motion and the three Republican Commissioners voted against it. As a result, Chairman Hunter declared that the FEC will defend the current regulation.