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The Federal Elections Commission Is Deadlocked and Needs Reform

The agency has been stagnant for years, letting potential violations of campaign finance law go without investigation. H.R. 1 would fix the stalemate.

February 12, 2019

The following is an excerpt originally appearing in The Hill.

At the hearing on H.R.1 before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, opponents of the bill set their sights on the bill’s reforms to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), charging that these changes would allow a dangerously partisan takeover of our nation’s campaign finance regulator. As someone who used to work at the FEC, I could not disagree more.

Right now, the FEC is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans and notoriously dysfunctional. It deadlocks on whether to pursue most significant campaign finance violations — often after sitting on allegations for years without even an investigation. 

Read the full article at The Hill

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