A representative’s video game charges lead to FEC questioning

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Amid countless stories of broken campaign finance laws, shady backroom deals and politicians hit with colossal fines or even jail time, it's good to be reminded that some financial disclosure mistakes can result in little more than public embarrassment and that may well be where it ends. It depends entirely on how far the Federal Elections…

Divided FEC allows donors to remain nameless

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Increasingly vocal criticism and public frustration have seemingly had little effect on the continuing stalemate plaguing the Federal Elections Commission. Split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, the commission has been deadlocked for years on a variety of campaign finance reform and election law compliance issues.Critics of the FEC were given more ammunition when in early March…

FEC makes legislative recommendations to Congress

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In late 2015, the Federal Election Commission issued seven legislative recommendations to Congress that had been unanimously agreed upon by the commission. Each of the recommendations - which included changes to filing, administrative fines and campaign prohibitions, among other issues - came with the intent to strengthen the campaign finance and election processes.While the potential…

FEC reporting could become more stringent – if the public gets it their way

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Since the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision, campaign finance reform has slowly become a talking point for a growing number of public officials. However, according to a recent survey conducted by Monmouth University, elected officials may need to start listening to their constituents' concerns about the way candidates raise and spend money during election…