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“Court Allows Challenge to FEC Rule Shielding Nonprofit Donors”

Bloomberg BNA: A Federal Election Commission rule on “independent expenditures,” which has allowed millions of dollars’ worth of campaign ads to air without disclosure of the donors funding them, can be challenged in court, a federal judge ruled. The FEC … Continue reading ?

Federal elections commissioner wants Trump to back up his allegations of voter fraud”

LAT: A member of the Federal Election Commission has accused President Trump of threatening democracy with his unproven allegations of voter fraud and asked him to show evidence if he has any. Ellen Weintraub, a Democratic commissioner at the agency, … Continue reading ?

“Campaign Finance FEC Won’t Appeal Ruling on Presidential Debates”

Bloomberg BNA: The Federal Election Commission won’t appeal a federal judge’s ruling that challenged the FEC rules for presidential debates. The decision announced by the FEC March 8 means the FEC will have to respond to the ruling by Judge … Continue reading ?

Franken turns back $41K in donations from Boston law firm

U.S. Sen. Al Franken has turned over nearly $41,000 of campaign contributions from a Boston law firm being investigated for improper donations. The Federal Election Commission and federal prosecutors are … Click to Continue »

The FEC’s Open Hostilities, Dysfunction, and Intimidation Foreshadowed the Trump Era

Click here for reuse options! Things could actually get worse at the Federal Election Commission, which has become the poster child for agency capture and political retribution under Trump. Democrat Ann Ravel’s departure from the Federal...Show More Summary

FEC questions other spending by Linda Bean PAC backing Trump

The Federal Elections Commission is questioning last-minute expenditures by a pro-Donald Trump super PAC linked to L.L. Bean heiress Linda Bean. The FEC says the Making Maine Great Again PAC … Click to Continue »

Common Cause Files Campaign Complaint Over Trump Finance 'Sleight Of Hand'

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

The Campaign Legal Center and Common Cause have filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission accusing Donald Trump of filing false campaign statements to deliberately dodge funding limits. The complaint, filed by the nonprofit...Show More Summary

“FEC Complaint: Trump Filed False Campaign Report in Violation of Election Law”

Release: The Campaign Legal Center and Common Cause filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging Donald Trump’s campaign committee violated federal election law by illegally accepting campaign contributions after Election Day and falsely reporting those contributions for “debt … Continue reading ?

The FEC’s Open Hostilities, Dysfunction, and Intimidation Foreshadowed the Trump Era

  bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images Federal Election Commissioner Ann Ravel.  D emocrat Ann Ravel’s departure from the Federal Election Commission could set the stage for a shakeup that propels the agency away from mere dysfunction...Show More Summary

CCP Statement on Loss of Independence Institute Case

Release: The Supreme Court today affirmed without comment a ruling in the case Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission, upholding the constitutionality of a campaign finance disclosure law. The Court’s order reflects agreement with the lower court’s result, but not … Continue reading ?

Judge asks US election commission to weigh in on lawsuit

A federal judge has asked the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to say whether its executive director had the authority to unilaterally require people to prove their citizenship in order to … Click to Continue »

Federal Election Commission Member Quits, Says Agency Refuses To Address Campaign Finance Violations

last monthIndustries / Law : Techdirt

"Every vote counts." "Throw the bastards out." "Election platitude #10." Every bit as meaningless as Trump's promise to "drain the swamp." The Beltway Swamp is drain-proof. The process that populates the swamp is rigged. Not in the "millions of illegal votes from illegals" way... Show More Summary

Republican Election Commissioners Just Released Key Legal Documents—Nearly a Decade Too Late

A strange thing happened last week at the Federal Election Commission, the nation's watchdog for campaigns and elections. On Friday evening, the FEC's three Republican members quietly released a slew of missing legal memos related to cases dating back as far as 10 years. Show More Summary

How Citizens United gave Republicans a bonanza of seats in U.S. state legislatures

This week, federal election commissioner and former commission chair Ann Ravel publicly announced her upcoming resignation. She didn’t mince words: “The mission of the FEC is essential to ensure a fair electoral process. Yet since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, our political campaigns have been awash in unlimited, often dark money.” Citizens United is one […]

“Judge Won’t Order FEC to Pursue Conservative Nonprofit”

Bloomberg BNA: A federal judge has refused to order the Federal Election Commission to disclose information about or take further enforcement action against a nonprofit group that spent millions of dollars on ads opposing House Democrats in the 2010 elections. … Continue reading ?

Another Democrat Hands Over the Reins to Republicans

I forgot about this until Rachel Maddow mentioned it on her show last night: A Democrat on the Federal Election Commission is quitting her term early because of the gridlock that has gripped the panel, offering President Trump an unexpected chance to shape political spending rules. The commissioner, Ann M. Show More Summary

FEC commissioner resigns citing 'dysfunction and deadlock'

Ann Ravel, former FEC commissioner, talks with Rachel Maddow about why her frustration with the lack of action by the Federal Election Commission led her...

“FEC member: I have the right to demand Trump prove voter fraud claims”

CNN: A member of the Federal Election Commission was defiant Tuesday after a nonprofit group said her request that President Donald Trump provide proof of voter fraud merited an investigation into whether her comments were inappropriate. Ellen Weintraub’s remarks were … Continue reading ?

Statement from FEC Commissioner Weintraub on Call for Investigation into Trump Voter Fraud Comments

New statement: Statement of Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub Regarding Request for Investigation1 Filed With FEC Inspector General As a Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, I am acutely aware that our democracy rests on the faith of the American people … Continue reading ?

It's time for an independent commission on Russian election interference, California Rep. Eric Swalwell says

Essential Politics: Lawmaker says California needs an estate tax if the federal version is scrapped, Sanders thanks supporters in Los Angeles Feb. 21, 2017, 1:44 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: If...

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