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(639 posts)
Fri Jan 15, 2021, 09:16 AM Jan 2021

Federal Elections Commission's Dark Era

Trump famously, or infamously, refused to fill the vacant seats on the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) since he took office in 2017.
He finally nominated two, just a week before the 2020 Nov election. They were approved by the Senate on Dec 9, 2020.

The FEC could not monitor, manage or investigate
during the entire 2017-2020 period of time.

During Trump's term, they could not hold any meetings of any kind, as they did not have a quorum.
Only now, since mid-Dec 2020, the FEC can legally meet to discuss complaints, violations and give direction to it's investigative division to see if there might be any problems with any federal election campaign.

This includes many federal elections; the Trump-Biden race, but also one-third of the US Senate, which had two cycles and all 435 seats in the House, which also had two cycles-- all of which ran campaigns that the FEC is charged with monitoring and assuring that any criminal, unethical or even suspicious activity would be addressed immediately.
We had over 900 federal seats elected on during this 'dark era'.
...without any oversight!

Does anyone have any idea of how the new administration will 'play catch-up' and do a thorough review of all those campaigns?

I would like to see a complete audit of all GOPs campaigns.
Trump's history with money should always be 'suspect'and if the 527 (Citizens United) groups were funneling money into the insurrection, funding shady PACs and paying for things that are not allowed under FEC rules. We need prosecutions and prison time assured.

I do hope that Biden will bring attention to the FECs 'dark era' under Trump and we can see that all monies, were raised legally, spent legally and that any shady or criminal activity will be immediately and forcefully investigated and prosecuted.

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Federal Elections Commission's Dark Era (Original Post) SmartVoter22 Jan 2021 OP
What is the mandate of the FEC? Does it have KPN Jan 2021 #1
FEC has remarkable power SmartVoter22 Jan 2021 #2


(15,632 posts)
1. What is the mandate of the FEC? Does it have
Fri Jan 15, 2021, 09:24 AM
Jan 2021

an administrative/executive capability? Staffing, budget?


(639 posts)
2. FEC has remarkable power
Sat Jan 16, 2021, 09:45 AM
Jan 2021

I would suggest you go to the FEC's website and learn what this vital agency does.
It has phenominal powers over every federal ( and in most cases state & local) election.
It covers campaign finances, candidate eligability and many other areas.

The more one can learn about how our government works, the better.


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