Commissioners’ terms expired long ago, but Trump and Congress won’t replace them
By David Levinthal for the Center for Political Integrity
As of April 30, the FEC’s current four commissioners have been on the commission for a total of 32 years longer than they should have been.
Vice Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub’s six-year term expired 11 years ago, when George W. Bush occupied the White House, the “Great Recession” had yet to occur and the most momentous campaign finance decision of the century, Citizens United v. FEC, was still two-and-a-half years hence.
If one commissioner retires, resigns or otherwise isn’t present, the agency that regulates and enforces campaign money laws loses its four-commissioner quorum and can’t conduct high-level business. No passing rules. No penalizing scofflaws. No providing official advice to political committees seeking it.