On Monday the FEC rejected a proposal to pass an interim rule allowing for grassroots issue ads to air during campaign season. The proposal failed on a 3-3 vote, all three Republican Commissioners voting in favor, and the three Democrats opposed. It then rejected a proposal to open rule making to write a permanent rule, on an identical vote. It then rejected a proposal to ask the staff to draft proposals for a notice of proposed rule making; again it was rejected on a 3-3 vote.
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