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For FEC, It's Back to Full Strength

By Matthew Mosk
Attention presidential candidates (and independent political groups hoping to make a splash in the 2008 campaigns): The referees are back on the field.

This morning, a full six members of the Federal Election Commission took their seats and announced they were back after a strange, seven-month hiatus. In their first official action, the commission elected a new chairman, Donald McGahn, who previously served as the lead lawyer for the House Republicans' campaign committee and handled legal work for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas).

The return of the FEC comes after the Senate ended a deadlock over one of President Bush's appointees (the controversial commissioner, Hans Von Spakovsky, removed his name from consideration). During the tussle over Von Spakovsky, the FEC had only two commissioners and was rendered unable to take official action.

"It's been an odd, disconcerting and unusual time in the life of the agency," said Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub, who was one of the two remaining members during the first half of this year. Weintraub noted that in the absence of the commissioners, "the lights were not out," and the agency's staff and its lawyers were busy keeping the nation's election system running. She told the new members that more complaints have been filed with the agency during the first half of 2008 than during the comparable period in 2004. Those complaints now await the commission's review.

"There's a very large stack of paper waiting on everybody's desk right now," Weintraub said.

After taking the gavel, McGahn made clear the FEC will not be on the sidelines any longer. "We don't have a calendar yet," he said, "but be assured, it's going to be brisk and ambitious."

Posted at 11:39 AM ET on Jul 10, 2008  | Category:  The Green Zone
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Elections have been a farce in the US since Bush was appointed to the Presidency by the Supreme Court in 2000.
The fix was always in and the election will be stolen for McCain.
Turns out the brilliant Rove ain't so brilliant.
He has to lie, cheat and steal to win.
Who couldn't win that way?
The US as we have known it is gone, gone, gone.

Posted by: greydog | July 14, 2008 2:02 AM

"...the commission elected a new chairman, Donald McGahn, who previously served as the lead lawyer for the House Republicans' campaign committee and handled legal work for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas)."

The Fix is on.

By now, is there anyone in America who trusts any of these neo-con Republican lawyers, especially anyone even remotely associated with Tom Delay?

We already know this guy will twist election laws to promote Republicans over Democrats and Independents, violating his public trust in the process.

Posted by: wizard2000 | July 13, 2008 9:42 PM

Oh Goody! Operation Election Fraud is now officially in full swing!

Tom Delay's attorney? Is this some sick joke on the American public?

Was it not enough that Bush/Cheney collected enough info via illegal telephone/email tapping to blackmail Congress into passing that insane FISA bill?

Will the so-called media in this country ever again stand up for the Constitution and the people of this country?


Posted by: Magginkat | July 13, 2008 10:47 AM

Two things should happen quickly:

1) McCain should be forced to stay in the matching system, and

2) The mainstream media should weighs in on this issue.

If neither happen, then this election is a farce.

We are watching.

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 10, 2008 6:21 PM

The failure of Keynesian economics.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 12:24 PM

you should see this really powerful version of the national anthem sung at an obama event...

http://thevote.abc13.com/2008/07/oh-say-can-you.html

Posted by: tomabrahams | July 10, 2008 11:42 AM

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