FEC Needs Commissioners Committed To Upholding Campaign Finance Laws

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FEC Commissioners sitting behind their desk
An open meeting at the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C. Photo by Casey Atkins/Campaign Legal Center.

Today, the U.S. Senate will consider the nominations of three new commissioners to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The FEC has a critical role. It is the only government agency exclusively charged with enforcing and administering the nation’s anti-corruption laws, such as those requiring transparency in political spending.

Restoring the FEC’s quorum is important. But that’s not enough: in order for the FEC to be effective, it needs a quorum of commissioners who are committed to the mission of the agency and dedicated to upholding the laws that protect the voices of all Americans, not just political insiders and special interests.

The FEC’s failures have led to an explosion in secret spending and our politics increasingly rigged in favor of special interests. Senators should remember that during today’s hearings, and only confirm commissioners who are committed to the FEC’s mission.

Learn more about today’s hearing and the FEC in an op-ed by Trevor Potter, Republican former chair of the FEC and Campaign Legal Center President.

Read the full op-ed.