In Wake of Russian Interference on Social Media in 2016, Republican FEC Commissioners Agree to Open Rulemaking on Fixing Disclosure Rules

My oh my.

A positive (and surprising) development.

But let’s see if/what they come up with and if they can get agreement. We’ve seen groups like the Institute for Free Speech oppose the Honest Ads Act out of stated concern that the law would chill the free speech activities of non-foreigners. Those same concerns may lead to stalemate on crafting an actual rule.

And note that by the time this could come up for a vote, Petersen could be on the federal district court, Goodman could well have left the commission, and unless Trainor (or someone else) and another are confirmed, the FEC will lack a quorum to do anything.

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