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Trump using campaign, RNC funds to pay legal bills from Russia probe

``The U.S. Federal Election Commission allows the use of private campaign funds to pay legal bills arising from being a candidate or elected official. While previous presidential campaigns have used these funds to pay for routine legal matters such as ballot access disputes and compliance requirements, Trump would be the first U.S. Show More Summary

‘We left the window wide open’: EX-FEC member explains how agency missed Russian election meddling threat

5 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The Federal Elections Commission is charged with protecting the integrity of democratic elections in the United States. However, as ex-FEC member Ann Ravel writes in Politico, the agency completely dropped the ball when it came to Russia’s efforts to interfere in last year’s...

US election agency seeks views on rule change for digital ad platforms

The U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) has voted to seek public views on whether there should be a change to the rules for political ads that extends disclaimer requirements to ads shown on digital platforms, such as Facebook and Google. Read More

US election agency seeks views on rule change for digital ad platforms

The U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) has voted to seek public views on whether there should be a change to the rules for political ads that extends disclaimer requirements to ads shown on digital platforms, such as Facebook and Google. Read More

“Trump’s FEC nominee has questioned the value of disclosing political donors”

Matea Gold for WaPo: James E. “Trey” Trainor III, the conservative Texas lawyer nominated by President Trump this week to serve on the Federal Election Commission, has challenged the principle that the public benefits from the disclosure of political donors, arguing that voters could be distracted … Continue reading ?

“FEC Votes to Explore Disclosure Rules for Online Ads”

Ken Doyle for Bloomberg BNA: The Federal Election Commission voted unanimously to jump-start a rulemaking process focused on disclosure requirements for online ads, following the revelation of Russian-linked political ads on Facebook. The vote, at the end of a lengthy commission … Continue reading ?

Trump’s FEC Pick Under Fire

No more than a day since President Trump announced he would nominate James “Trey” Trainor III as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, the former election lawyer for the Trump presidential campaign is already under fire on multiple fronts, the National [...]

“Trump FEC Pick’s Twitter Goes Dark After Users Spot Anti-Protestant Links”

TPM: The Twitter account for President Trump’s new pick for the Federal Election Commission was reportedly made private Tuesday evening after other Twitter users began noticing some of the nominee’s past sharing of anti-Protestant posts. The White House announced late Tuesday … Continue reading ?

Texas Trump supporter tapped for Federal Election Commission

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has selected a Texas attorney and supporter to join the beleaguered Federal Election Commission. Trump appointed James "Trey" Trainor III, a well-known election-law specialist based in Austin, to the panel that monitors and polices federal campaign fundraising and spending. Show More Summary

Trump nominates conservative Texas lawyer to Federal Election Commission

James “Trey” E. Trainor III fought efforts to require politically active nonprofits to disclose their donors.

“Trump nominates Texas lawyer Trey Trainor for Federal Election Commission

Texas Tribune: President Donald Trump is nominating Trey Trainor, an Austin lawyer well known in Texas politics, to serve on the Federal Election Commission. The White House announced Trainor’s appointment late Tuesday night. He must be confirmed by the Senate. … Continue reading ?

Dear Election Commission: I Have Questions

This whole line of argument is really about attacking the federal gun registry, isn’t it? The post Dear Election Commission: I Have Questions appeared first on Rewire.

How the Federal Election Commission Could Essentially Shut Down Before 2018

The Federal Election Commission is running low on commissioners. President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Republican Matthew Petersen to a federal judgeship, meaning the FEC is poised to putter on with the minimum number of commissioners — four — required to take official action on most anything of consequence. Three of those remaining four commissioners…

“Russian Facebook Political Ad Buys During 2016 Election Draw DOJ & FEC Complaints”

Release: Today Common Cause filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that one or more unknown foreign nationals made expenditures, independent expenditures or disbursements in connection with the 2016 presidential … Continue reading ?

“Kris Kobach’s leap of logic on voter fraud in New Hampshire should be disqualifying”

Philip Bump: Kobach is the co-chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, alongside the vice president of the United States. He is running a federal investigation into the integrity of the voting system — and he cites college kids … Continue reading ?

“FEC Might Act on Russia-Linked Facebook Political Ads: Official”

Bloomberg BNA: The revelation that Russian sources financed political ads on Facebook in the 2016 presidential campaign could prompt enforcement action by the Federal Election Commission, agency Vice Chairwoman Caroline Hunter said. “It’s something we can and should deal with … Continue reading ?

Kid Rock to Common Cause: “Go F___ Yourselves”

Billboard: Watchdog group Common Cause has filed a complaint against Kid Rock‘s future Senate run with the Federal Election Commission and Department of Justice. In the complaint, the group urges attorney general Jeff Sessions and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein to investigate … Continue reading ?

Watchdog group says Kid Rock must register, show contributions in Senate run

3 weeks agoNews : USAToday: News

Common Cause wants the Federal Election Commission and Justice Department to investigate Kid Rock.        

Bawitablah: Kid Rock Accused of Violating Campaign Finance Laws

Kid Rock has yet to make a formal bid for the U.S. Senate, but he might have already broken some campaign finance laws. Democracy watchdog Common Cause has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission and Department of Justice accusing Kid Rock of violating election law and requesting a ... More »

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