Former FEC chairman Donald McGahn resigns from Commission; Nominees get Senate Rules Endorsement

by - September 17, 2013

Donald F. McGahn, the controversial former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, resigned from the panel on Tuesday to return to private practice, ending what campaign-finance reform advocates and political practitioners called one of the most consequential tenures in the commission’s 38-year history. McGahn, a Republican who served on the FEC since 2008, clashed frequently with Democrats as he helped push a conservative interpretation of campaign-finance laws and persistent skepticism about government oversight of political campaigns.

Former FEC chairman Donald McGahn resigns from panel - The Washington Post

The nominations of Republican Lee E. Goodman and Democrat Ann Ravel now move to the full Senate, which must confirm Goodman and Ravel before they're appointed to the FEC. The Rules Committee had originally scheduled a nomination vote for Monday but delayed it because it failed to reach a quorum. "The Commission is designed to play a critical role in our campaign finance system," Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the Rules Committee chairman, said in a statement. "It is my hope that, once confirmed, Mr. Goodman and Ms. Ravel will work hard to restore the agency to a fully functioning independent federal watchdog for the nation's campaign finance laws."

FEC Nominees Win Rules Committee Endorsement | The Center for Public Integrity

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