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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...

The Enabler in Chief

On Sept. 19, 2012, a highly unusual document appeared on the website of the Federal Election Commission, the agency responsible for enforcing campaign finance laws. The document was written by one of the agency’s commissioners, Donald McGahn II, who had proved to be a source of great turbulence at the FEC since George W. Show More Summary

Will Donald Trump Ignore Tradition To Reform the Federal Election Commission?

The ideal opportunity for a president focused on disrupting the status quo The post Will Donald Trump Ignore Tradition To Reform the Federal Election Commission? appeared first on RedState.

“Dysfunction and Deadlock at the Federal Election Commission

Departing FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel has penned this oped for the NYT. … Continue reading ?

Democratic FEC Commissioner Steps Down

“Ann Ravel, a Democratic member of the Federal Election Commission, submitted her resignation letter to President Trump on Sunday with a plea to embrace campaign finance reform,” Politico reports. “Ravel’s last day will be March 1. If the six-member commission [...]

Democrat member of Federal Elections Commission to make early exit: NYT

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

A Democrat who sits on the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) is planning to resign before her term expires amid frustrations about partisan gridlock, the New York Times reported on Sunday. FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel told the Times in an interview she intended to submit her letter of...

Rather Than Continued Stalemate, Federal Election Commission May Now Lead Way to Campaign Finance Deregulation

As we have long been expecting, Federal Election Commissioner Ann Ravel has announced her resignation from the Federal Election Commission, effective March 1. For the last decade or more, beginning with the FEC tenure of Don McGahn (now the White House … Continue reading ?

Democratic Member Quitting Federal Election Commission: Report

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - A Democrat who sits on the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) is planning to resign before her term expires amid frustrations about partisan gridlock, the New York Times reported on Sunday. FEC Commissioner...Show More Summary

Democratic Member Quits Election Commission, Setting Up Political Fight

4 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

Ann M. Ravel of the Federal Election Commission believes a stalemate among the panel’s members offers little hope of curbing campaign finance abuses.

“Favoring the Press”

New draft paper by Sonja West that looks great (and explores some of the issues I did in Plutocrats United).  Here is the abstract: In the 2010 case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the United States Supreme Court caught … Continue reading ?

A month into presidency, Trump prepares for a campaign rally

By comparison, President Barack Obama didn't make his re-election bid official with the Federal Election Commission until April 2011. The rallies serve a practical purpose by enabling his campaign to continue building a list of supporters. To...Show More Summary

Want Secure Elections? Then Maybe Don’t Cut Security Funding

By Dan S. Wallach and Justin Talbot-Zorn for WIRED. Last week, the House Administration Committee voted on party lines to defund the Election Administration Commission, the leading federal agency responsible for helping states run smooth elections and preventing hacking. Show More Summary

Impeach Trump PAC Formed By Democratic Congressional Candidate

The Democratic congressional candidate Boyd Roberts, from California, has just filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission so that he could create the Impeach Trump Leadership PAC. On Monday, the necessary paperwork was received...Show More Summary

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