After the FEC deadlock today on an advisory opinion request submitted on behalf of Karl Rove, the Brennan Center released the following statement from Senior Counsel Adam Skaggs:
“The FEC proved again today that it is utterly incapable of enforcing the nation’s campaign finance laws. Karl Rove asked the FEC to declare that advertisements he admits are ‘fully coordinated’ with candidates nonetheless don’t count as ‘coordinated communications’ — and the FEC’s failure to decisively reject this absurd request proves it cannot enforce the campaign finance laws its commissioners are sworn to uphold. If the FEC cannot reach the correct result in such a black and white case, it must be replaced.”
In today’s Atlantic, Skaggs outlines FEC dysfunction and argues the agency should be replaced. Also see these Brennan Center comments urging the FEC to deny Rove’s coordination request.
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