June 21, 2013

White House Announces Two FEC Nominations

By Daniel Schuman

FEC logoThis afternoon, the White House announced two nominees to serve as commissioners on the Federal Election Commission, a step CREW has long advocated.  All six current commissioners’ terms have expired, which has made an already dysfunctional agency even less effective.

The nominees are Ann Ravel and Lee Goodman.  If confirmed, the eminently qualified Ravel would replace Cynthia Bauerly, a Democratic commissioner who stepped down in February 2013, and Goodman would succeed Donald McGahn, a Republican commissioner who currently serves as FEC Vice Chairman.

CREW welcomes the White House’s long-awaited nominations, and we urge the White House to act with alacrity to fill the four remaining spots.  We expect that the Senate will carefully but expeditiously consider the nominations.

Ultimately, filling these roles is but one step toward reviving the FEC, which will require more significant reforms to break the partisan deadlock that has stymied rulemakings and enforcement actions.

CREW will be taking a close look at the nominees even as we urge the White House to fill the remaining spots.  The FEC is charged with the critical role of making sure our elections are free and fair, and we believe much more is needed to make the agency fully operational.

The White House announcement is available here.  Read a statement from CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan here.

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