Klobuchar, colleagues, back letter supporting bipartisan candidates for FEC

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DFL-Minn.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DFL-Minn.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., co-signed a letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone urging the Trump administration to immediately nominate the bipartisan pair of candidates submitted to President Donald Trump by Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to fill the current vacancies at the Federal Election Commission.

As of August, there have been only three commissioners at the FEC, resulting in the first loss of a quorum since 2008 and rendering the FEC unable to have meetings, promulgate rules, vote on enforcement matters, or fully enforce federal election laws. The Republican candidate has been formally nominated to the FEC, and recent reports indicate there is no reason for delay in nominating the Democratic nominee, who has undergone months of vetting by the White House.

“The FEC is the independent regulatory agency responsible for enforcing federal campaign finance laws. Strong enforcement of campaign finance laws is essential to ensuring transparency and accountability in our democracy,” the letter stated. “In addition to the dangers associated with a lack of enforcement, the failure to restore a quorum is creating confusion and diminishing confidence in our election system.”

“No one should play politics with the independent agency responsible for enforcing our campaign finance laws; instead we should be working together to restore a quorum as soon as possible,” the letter continued. “A fully functioning FEC is critical to safeguarding our political system from corruption and foreign influence.”

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