Democrats Aim to Revive a Campaign Finance Watchdog

The New York Times

Even in a dysfunctional capital, the Federal Election Commission has long stood out for monumental dysfunction. It has endured years without full membership, months without a quorum and persistent deadlocks between its three Democratic and three Republican commissioners over whether to even begin inquiries into campaign law violations. “The F.E.C. is in dire need of reform,” Trevor Potter, a former Republican-appointed chairman of the agency, told Congress last month.

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