President Joe Biden's administration has been presented with a plan to rescue the Federal Election Commission to allow the enforcement of campaign finance regulations, according to a new report by Axios.
"The notoriously gridlocked Federal Election Commission has rankled reformers for years. Now some are pushing Biden to abandon protocol by sidestepping congressional Republicans and nominating regulators who will more aggressively enforce campaign finance rules," Lachlan Markay reported Thursday. "A three-page memo, shared with officials in the White House and obtained by Axios, details a strategy for effectively remaking the FEC."
"By law, the six-member FEC can have no more than three commissioners from either major political party. In its current form, though, it technically has just two Democrats. A third member, Commissioner Steven Walther, is widely considered a Democrat-aligned vote but technically an independent. One of two new Republican commissioners, Sean Cooksey, was confirmed in December to a term expiring at the end of April," Axios explained. "Biden could, the memo argues, nominate a true Democrat to replace Cooksey, effectively giving the commission a four-member "pro-enforcement majority" while staying within the three-member party limit."
The reported noted such a move would be "sure to draw the wrath of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
A memo circulating in the campaign finance community, and shared with the White House, is encouraging Biden to esse… https://t.co/aCeenEDTRs— Lachlan Markay (@Lachlan Markay)1615510912.0