Federal Election Commission Holds Hearing on Repledge Proposal by Professor Eric Zolt to Convert Political Contributions into Charitable Donations

October 2, 2015 – The Federal Election Commission (FEC) held an open meeting on October 1, 2015 to discuss “Repledge,” a proposal by Professor Eric Zolt that will allow supporters of opposing candidates to bilaterally reduce political contributions, on a dollar-for dollar basis, and instead direct the funds to a charity of their choice. The commission addressed whether Repledge, a web-based platform, complies with applicable campaign financing regulations.  

The draft Advisory Opinions and a video of the hearing are available on the FEC’s website:  http://www.fec.gov/agenda/2015/agenda20151001.shtml.