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FEC Releases Disclosure Rules

Nonprofit groups who run political issue ads will have to disclose the names and addresses of some donors, under rules announced Friday by the Federal Elections Commission

The rules laid out how the commission is going to apply the March 2012 U.S. District Court ruling in Van Hollen v. FEC. Nonprofit advocacy groups will have to disclose names and addresses of each donor who gives more than a total of $1,000 to issue ads that run close to an election. 

An issue ad focuses on a candidate's position on an issue. Groups can end run the new rules by simply changing their ads to advocate for or against a candidate -- a practice many instituted after the court's ruling.

"The FEC statement is not new policy, but rather reiterates the Van Hollen decision," reads a statement from Crossroads GPS, a major conservative independent advocacy group backed by Karl Rove. "Crossroads is aware of the rules and is careful to follow them closely."

In response to the FEC announcement, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., issued a statement calling for passage of the DISCLOSE Act, which would require political organizations to disclose the names of donors giving $10,000 or more.

"The FEC's announcement to follow the Court's ruling is a welcome and necessary step forward," Van Hollen said. "This lawsuit is one step forward in our fight to restore the integrity of our electoral process, and will shine an important light on some of the shadowy money that has flooded our elections. But there is more to be done."

This post has been updated. Originally published 3:43 p.m.

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