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New regs for Wednesday: Campaign finance, endangered, serving size

Wednesday’s edition of the Federal Register contains new campaign finance rules, protections for endangered plants and animals, and potential serving size regulations for desserts.

Here’s what is happening:

Campaign: The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is proposing new campaign finance rules.

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The campaign finance rules would address electronic contributions and expenditures that are made over the Internet or through text messages, the FEC said.

The public has 30 days to comment.

Endangered: The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is strengthening its protections for more than a dozen plants and animals.

The FWS announced Tuesday it will match the protections already offered to these species by another federal agency, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). That includes listing as endangered angel sharks, dusky sea snakes, and three corals.

It also includes listing the Banggai cardinalfish, Nassau grouper, and African coelacanths found in Tanzania as threatened species, as well as new speed limits for ships to protect North Atlantic right whales.

The protections go into effect immediately.

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Cupcakes: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into cupcake fillings and nut butter spreads.

The outcome could lead to future serving size regulations.

The public has 60 days to comment.