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PCAF Praises Senate Approval of FEC Nominations

The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) is about to get some new blood.

"The Senate on Monday confirmed President Barack Obama's two nominees to the Federal Election Commission, giving the panel its first new members since the George W. Bush administration," according to Politico.

New York Attorney General Launches Probe Into Contributions To Tax Exempt Groups

The New York Times reports today on New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's launch of an investigation into contributions made to tax exempt groups that are heavily involved in political campaigns. The story notes that reform groups have pushed the FEC and the IRS for years to take action, to no avail.

In a Word: Huge!

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) released the congressional fundraising numbers for the first half of this year, and not surprisingly, they are huge.

A little excessive

When you have to raise so much money to win an election, sometimes it's easy to let excess campaign contributions slide. Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) will have to pay about $100,000 in fines for receiving more than $313,000 in excessive campaign contributions in his 2004 election bid.


According to Roll Call this morning (the third story on the page):


FEC Gives McCain Pass

Well we have a decision from the FEC on whether Sen. John McCain broke the rules when abruptly backed out of the presidential public financing system for the primary race. In a widely anticipated move the six commissioners at the Federal Election Commission voted unanimously to sign off on McCain's opt-out.

Waiting on FEC

NPR's Marketplace reported on the pending decision by the Federal Election Commission on whether John McCain broke the rules when he opted in, then opted out of the presidential public financing program for the primary election. David Donnelly, of Public Campaign Action Fund's Campaign Money Watch project comments on the controversy here.

Return of the FEC

Now that controversial FEC nominee Hans von Spakovsky has withdrawn his name from consideration for a commissioner slot with the campaign finance oversight body, the Democrats who opposed his nomination are working fast to get a new slate of nominees ready and confirmed. The FEC, which oversees among other things the presidential public financing program, has been unable to issue binding decisions for some time because it lacked a quorum of commissioners. Hey, better late than never.

If It Ain't Fixed Go Break It

The New York Times calls shenanigans on doings at the Federal Election Commission: as Senate Republicans, led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) champion the nomination of Hans von Spakovsky who's well-known for his opposition to voting rights legislation, current FEC chairman David Mason is fired after he suggest Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) may have broken the law in his efforts to extricate himself from the presidential public financing system.

What Then?

Pundits and press folks have been understandably distracted by many other stories surrounding the presidential race, but despite the fact that the debate over public financing in the general election has died down somewhat, the fact remains that the Federal Election Commission is still short the necessary number of commissioners it needs to do its job, and that's just begging for trouble down the line.

McCain Changes His Mind

John McCain, flush with the fundraising prospects bestowed upon the Republican frontrunner for the presidential nomination, is opting back out of the presidential public financing system, after months of doing one-foot-in-one-foot out with the matching funds program, as Adam Bonin explains.