Campaigns & Elections: New FEC chair aims for efficiency not upheaval


“I think he has set the bar amazingly low,” said Lawrence M. Noble, general counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, former president and CEO of Americans for Campaign Reform, and former general counsel at the FEC. “Saying that you’re not dysfunctional just because you have a website and you post records that are filed with the FEC is missing most of what the FEC is about."

“What they’re missing,” Noble continued, “is that their major goal is to ensure that the public has non-partisan enforcement of the campaign finance laws and that the laws are enforced. And the agency is not being functional at all in that area.”

“An agency shooting for a ‘not bad year’ is cheating the public,” Noble argued. “A change in attitude among some of the commissioners would go very far to change the agency.”

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