The FEC is back, but challenges await the divided commission

Center for Responsive Politics

The Republican-led Senate confirmed Trainor on a party-line vote Tuesday. Democrats and prominent good government groups opposed Trainor’s nomination, concerned by his history of defending “dark money” groups that exploit loopholes to keep their donors secret. Campaign Legal Center President Trevor Potter, a former Republican FEC commissioner, said Trainor was being nominated to “render the agency toothless.” Good government groups that argue for strong campaign finance laws, such as Issue One and the Campaign Legal Center, opposed Trainor’s nomination despite the fact that it would restore the FEC’s quorum.

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