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FEC Should Rule Swiftly and Unambiguously Against New Requests

September 14, 2015 | Adam Smith

Washington, DC–The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) should rule, unambiguously, against new requests from Democratic lawyers that they themselves admit would further erode our campaign finance laws, said national campaign finance watchdog Every Voice.

“Democratic Party lawyers are right to have ’serious doubts’ about the legality of the practices outlined in their request to federal election officials. The FEC should do its job by ruling swiftly and unambiguously on this matter, and they should apply the decision to all federal candidates in this election cycle, including those presidential candidates who already appear to be flouting the law. If the FEC does not rise above agency deadlock to answer these questions it will amount to a green light for lawlessness when it comes to the activities of super PACs, which will further erode Americans’ trust in the political system,” said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice and founder of Every Voice Action, a super PAC focused on electing champions of money-in-politics reforms.

According to the New York Times, the lawyers submitting the request readily admit what they are proposing would violate the law. The proposals would open the doors for candidates up and down the ballot to more closely coordinate with outside groups and their billionaire donors, pushing the voices of everyday people in our elections further to the sidelines.

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