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Dozen Instances of “Dysfunction and Deadlock” Cases Spurred FEC Member’s Resignation

March 17, 2017 | dark money watch | Frank Bass and Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

The Federal Election Commission’s reputation as the “Failure to Enforce Commission” took another hit last month when Commissioner Ann Ravel resigned, blasting the panel in a scathing, 25-page report. While Ravel’s resignation leaves the commission with one vacancy and five members whose terms have expired, the Democrat said the agency’s dysfunction had reached the point … Continue reading “Dozen Instances of “Dysfunction and Deadlock” Cases Spurred FEC Member’s Resignation”

Contraceptive Makers Helped Elect Republican Congress Ready To Defund Planned Parenthood

March 02, 2017 | MapLight | Andrew Perez

Leading manufacturers of birth control pills and contraceptive devices helped elect Republican lawmakers eager to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, according to a MapLight review of federal campaign finance data. Through their own political action committees, the six firms provided a combined $1.9 million in direct support to GOP House and Senate candidates during … Continue reading “Contraceptive Makers Helped Elect Republican Congress Ready To Defund Planned Parenthood”

FEC Member Quits, Citing “Free Pass” for Campaign Finance Violators in Scathing Report

February 19, 2017 | MapLight | Frank Bass

Major campaign finance violations “are swept under the rug and the resulting dark money has left Americans uninformed about the sources of campaign spending,” a Federal Election Commission member wrote in a scathing report released with her resignation letter. Ann Ravel, an FEC member appointed to the six-member regulatory panel in 2013 by former President … Continue reading “FEC Member Quits, Citing “Free Pass” for Campaign Finance Violators in Scathing Report”

U.S. Churches Shouldn’t Play Politics

February 08, 2017 | Bloomberg | Opinion
President Donald Trump has promised to eliminate a longstanding prohibition on political campaigning by religious organizations. It’s a bad idea, and the devout should be first in line to oppose it.

Trump’s Church Politics Idea Has Wide Reach, Beyond GOP Base

February 07, 2017 | McClatchy | News
Republican President Donald Trump's pledge to scrap limits on church political activity could have sweeping effects that extend beyond his conservative supporters to more liberal congregations, including the black evangelical church that has long been a key component of the Democratic Party's electoral machinery.
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