Reforming the FEC: Conclusion

The FEC’s continued inaction is a threat to the integrity of our elections.

Thanks to Citizens United, corporations and shadowy organizations are increasingly emboldened to skirt the law, yet the FEC is still sitting motionless on the sidelines. Americans saw firsthand during the last campaign cycle an unrelenting flow of money into their state’s elections from out-of-state, secretive political groups. Unfortunately, despite the estimated $4 billion spent on the midterm elections, Congress is unlikely to pass any meaningful campaign finance reforms in the 112th Congress.

Nevertheless, there is nothing stopping the president from tapping new appointees with strong and independent enforcement experience to replace the three commissioners whose terms long ago expired, but remain in place awaiting confirmation of their replacements. The American people need a strong and functional enforcement agency now more than ever.

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