Underreported: FEC Shutdown and What it Means for the Elections

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Federal Election Commission (FEC), the agency that administers and enforces campaign finance laws, has essentially shut down due to a shortage of commissioners. We’ll look into the reasons behind the shortage, why the Senate has been in a stalemate over commissioner nominees, and what it could mean for the presidential campaigns if the FEC impasse isn’t resolved soon.

Paul S. Ryan is FEC Program Director of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which works in the areas of campaign finance and elections, political communication and government ethics. J. Gerald Hebert is Executive Director of the CLC and law professor at Georgetown.


J. Gerald Hebert and Paul S. Ryan
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Comments [3]

James from Michigan

If an attempt to close 527's is made, most likely they'll forfeit tax exemption, removing them from the definition of a 527.

Jan. 31 2008 07:54 AM
Demetri from Brooklyn

when 527 groups get fined, is there any real recourse or do they merely close and open in another form?

Jan. 10 2008 01:55 PM
Steve from Manhattan

Ask them to explain how the Bush admin. had two Republicans register as Independent so they could stack the commission. Also, they should explain Hans von Spakowsky's activities.

Jan. 10 2008 01:40 PM

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