“Federal elections commissioner wants Trump to back up his allegations of voter fraud”

LAT: A member of the Federal Election Commission has accused President Trump of threatening democracy with his unproven allegations of voter fraud and asked him to show evidence if he has any. Ellen Weintraub, a Democratic commissioner at the agency, … Continue reading

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Outgoing FEC Commissioner Ravel Predicts More Departures from the FEC, Potentially Costing a Quorum

Dave Levinthal for CPI: Conceivably, Trump could nominate anyone he wants to the FEC, including Libertarians or independents that share his political sensibilities. Federal law only mandates that the FEC feature no more than three commissioners from any one political … Continue reading

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“U.S. District Court Orders Federal Election Commission to Re-Consider Whether Commission on Presidential Debates is Breaking Campaign Finance Law”

BAN: On February 1, U.S. District Court Judge Tanya S. Chutkan issued a 28-page opinion in Level the Playing Field v Federal Election Commission, 1:15cv-1397, D.C. She ruled that the FEC clearly did not look at the evidence presented by … Continue reading

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FEC Comm. Weintraub: “Trump’s pick for White House counsel is wrong for the job”

Ellen Weintraub WaPo oped: The White House counsel operates out of the public eye but has the president’s ear. In the Trump administration, with the unprecedented multiplicity of conflict-of-interest challenges facing the businessman-president, the job will take on added importance. … Continue reading

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Breaking: Court Holds FEC Applied Wrong Test to See If Koch-Allied Groups are Breaking Law by Not Registering as Political Committees

Major win for CREW here. The court’s opinion granting CREW summary judgment explains that the three (Republican) FEC Commissioners used the wrong test to decide if AAN and AJS (501(c)(4)s that don’t disclose their donors) violated the law by not … Continue reading

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