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With the FEC Inactive, the Complaints Fly

By Matthew Mosk
If the Federal Election Commission weren't paralyzed, its members would be pretty busy today.

First came the complaint filed this morning by the group Judicial Watch, alleging that the use of London's Spencer House for a fundraising luncheon by Sen. John McCain was in-kind donation to the campaign by foreign nationals, in violation of federal campaign finance laws. (The public interest group had previously at filed a similar complaint, alleging that Sir Elton John's performance at a fundraiser for Sen. Hillary Clinton was also improper, as he is a foreign national.)

Then, this afternoon, Republicans trained their aim on the Democratic National Committee, filing a complaint that alleged the party's recently released anti-McCain television commercial was composed in coordination with the two Democratic candidates for president. The complaint comes just days after one filed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, alleging coordination between the Republican congressional committee and an ad run in Louisiana by the conservative group Freedom's Watch.

All the complaints highlight a problem that the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is now attempting to spotlight with its new website, FixtheFEC.org.

With the Senate in a prolonged stalemate over how to proceed on President Bush's nominations to fill four vacancies on the six-member commission, the FEC has been unable to do much of anything with these and other complaints. It takes four votes of the commission to rule on complaints, but the FEC has only two members.

"In the midst of the presidential campaign season, the Federal Election Commission has been rendered ineffectual," said the CREW's executive director, Melanie Sloan, in a statement. "Incredibly, the FEC cannot address any complaints against presidential candidates or a series of public financing questions. With no one on the watch, who's to say some unscrupulous souls won't violate the law in order to gain advantage in an election? Once an election is over there is no unseating the winners, whether or not they played by the rules."

Posted at 5:26 PM ET on Apr 28, 2008  | Category:  The Green Zone
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It is the same problem that we have with judicial nominees. The party that does not control the presidency refuses to defer to the president's right to make appointments.

The FEC has become another institution that has been crippled by partisanship.

Posted by: Daniel Hancock | April 29, 2008 12:06 AM

Countdown to Victory
OBAMA 297 pick up of one super
Clinton 433 pick up on one super

Remaining Elected 406 supers down to 298

Hillary needs big wins and then PUERTO RICO
can decide the election with 55 winner take all. They don't vote in General.

next update 4-29-08

go OBAMA

Posted by: Delegate math | April 28, 2008 8:04 PM

You are an idiot, thebob.bob.

Posted by: JakeD | April 28, 2008 6:33 PM

Kind of like repealing the Special Prosecutor law after it was abused by the Republicans and then, when the coast was clear, Rob the Country blind.

Posted by: thebob.bob | April 28, 2008 6:19 PM

It is beginning to seem like the Entire Federal System is becoming ineffectual.

How is the Incompetence accepted, and what recourse do the American people have?

Heads need to figuratively "Roll"! :-(


Posted by: RAT-The | April 28, 2008 6:18 PM

*** HILLARY * FOR * PRESIDENT! ***

...of the John McCain Fan Club!!

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Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:36 PM

So, one "fix" would be for the Democrats to agree on Bush's nominees, right?

Posted by: JakeD | April 28, 2008 5:34 PM

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