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2019-08-30

Save the Federal Election Commission!

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is a regulatory agency that keeps records of political campaigns in the United States. The FEC is in charge of enforcing campaign finance law as well as enforcement policy. Many of its decisions are made at the top level by a vote among its six commissioners. each commissioner serves for six years per a term. They are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The problem is that there are only four commissioners, all of whom where appointed by Bush and continuing their expired terms solely because they haven't been replaced. One of them has now announced his resignation effective August 31st, putting the FEC below the quorum for votes. This will paralyse the FEC, making it incapable of voting on internal financing and policy for the upcoming 2020 elections. Worst of all, the commission cannot recommend prosecution without a vote, meaning that any candidate can get away with gross abuse of campaign finance law. President Donald Trump has so far announced one nominee back in 2017. The Senate committee in charge of matters pertaining to the FEC never scheduled a hearing. Both the President and the Senate, for the sake of continuing democracy, must appoint and confirm new members as soon as possible to prevent a lawless election that will be neither free nor fair. I don't care how old you are or what your politics are, this is a threat to a cornerstone of democracy. Write to your people in your congressional delegation. Write to advocacy groups. Share on social media. We must save the Federal Election Commission!

Links:
Find your representative - http://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
Find your senator - http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

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