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.