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It was just about a month ago that the League and partner organizations successfully petitioned The White House to appoint new commissioners to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Our petition argued that the FEC is supposed to be the agency that enforces campaign finance laws, but it is dysfunctional. Of the six commissioners at the agency, three of them staunchly refuse to enforce the law, and five of the six are serving despite expired terms. Today, we again wrote to President Obama, asking for a response.
“The effort to remake the FEC and restore the integrity of our campaign finance laws cannot begin until you nominate new commissioners. Our coalition and an overwhelming majority of Americans strongly support your taking this important step on the road to reforming the FEC. Once appropriate nominations are made, the responsibility will pass to the Senate to address the FEC scandal. Senators will face a clear choice: vote to confirm new FEC commissioners selected on the basis of merit and qualifications, or vote to perpetuate a system undermining enforcement of the nation’s campaign finance law at a time when there is growing public anger over the money pouring into federal elections.”
It is time for the President to step up to the challenge, just as he promised he would in his campaign four years ago. Right now, this ball is in the President’s court. He needs to make nominations to the FEC. We eagerly await the response from President Obama to our petition and about his plans for the government agency charged with enforcing the law and stopping illegal coordination by candidate Super PACs.