FEC loses power to police elections after vice chairman resigns

The federal agency charged with policing violations of campaign finance laws just lost its power to enforce those laws as the country heads into the 2020 elections.

The Federal Election Commission will have just three members following the departure of Matthew Petersen, who announced on Monday that he will resign his commission post August 31. Federal law requires four or more commissioners to approve new rules or take actions to punish those who violate election law.

In a statement, the commission’s current Democratic chairwoman, Ellen Weintraub, maintained that the agency will still “shine a strong spotlight” on the finances of the 2020 campaign even if it can’t vote on possible infractions. (Commission members serve one-year rotating stints as chair.)

Full article at: MSN

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