Dec 9, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Senate confirms three new FEC commissioners

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The Senate confirmed on Wednesday three new members to the Federal Election Commission, finally giving the agency enough commissioners to be able to enforce campaign finance laws.

Why it matters: With three new commissioners confirmed, the FEC can continue to pursue allegations of campaign finance violations. 

  • The agency had been without quorum since the summer, when Republican Caroline Hunter resigned, leaving the agency with only three members.
  • The Federal Election Commission needs a quorum of four to enforce laws.

Details: The Senate confirmed Republican Sean Cooksey, Republican Allen Dickerson, and Democrat Shana Broussard.

  • The FEC now has three Republican members, two Democrats and one independent. The agency cannot have more than three members of the same party.
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