The Federal Election Commission “was created to promote confidence and participation in the democratic process.” There can be no confidence in the democratic process unless “fairness” exists within the agency that promotes it.
That being said, you would expect the FEC to model the highest standards of “fairness” wouldn’t you?
Unfortunately, this doesn’t appear to be the case. At least it wasn’t under the Obama administration’s FEC.
Former Democratic Chair of the FEC, Ann Ravel was appointed by former President Obama in 2013 as one of six FEC commissioners.
What was Ravel’s definition of fairness when she was a FEC commissioner?
Ravel once called for federal regulation of online political speech and almost convinced the FEC to sanction Fox News for merely sponsoring a primary presidential debate.
Sounds fair, right? (sarcasm)
Perhaps thankfully, she tendered her resignation to President Donald Trump in 2017.
In her resignation letter to President Trump, she spoke of the “influence of dark money in politics and implored the president to remember his rebukes of corporate “puppets” during his campaign.”
Ravel also recently admitted that the FEC has a bias against Republicans. The revelation comes as no surprise to many Republicans who have believed biased toward them has occurred all along.
Ravel, who is currently a lecturer at the University of California Berkeley Law School, acknowledges that the FEC has deliberately taken cases biased against the Republicans.
While the commission is set up to have six commissioners with no more than three members of one political party, Ravel says that there can still be bias against a particular Party.
When asked where the FEC gets its cases and if there’s any possibility that they could be in some way biased against Republicans, Ravel said:
“Absolutely. The cases have come primarily from watchdog groups, and most of those groups are on the liberal side. However, they have also brought cases against Democratic committees. In fact, we had a case during the primary for the 2016 election that was brought by one of those groups against the Hillary Clinton campaign. The Democrats on the commission voted to investigate it. The Republicans voted to dismiss the case entirely.”
If true, it’s interesting that the Republicans would vote to dismiss a case against the Hillary Clinton campaign from a Democratic watchdog group especially in light of what has been revealed to date about her campaign beginning with the Christopher Steele dossier.
Ravel also stated in an email to the Washington Free Beacon that “more complaints were made against Republicans but that Republicans on the FEC refused to enforce those cases, both by refusing to hear them in a timely fashion, or by not voting to investigate them after a hearing.”
Additionally, Ravel blames Republicans and Trump’s former attorney Don McGahn, who was once on the FEC, for making a pact to vote against Democrats. She provides no evidence in support of her claim, however.
Perhaps the FEC is just inept and can’t perform the duties it was created to do?
Even Ravel refers to the FEC as dysfunctional and indicates this is part of the reason she resigned:
“I thought that by raising the issues that the FEC was so dysfunctional, that might change the dynamic at the FEC. But it didn’t. And at a certain point it seemed to me that I could achieve more around this issue away from the FEC than I could being there.”
If Ravel’s statements are true about Republicans declining to pursue certain investigations and that the agency is biased against Republicans, you would think that someone would want to make it their priority to drain the FEC swamp.
Additionally, between 2008 and 2015, the organization referred no cases to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution.
In fact, FEC referrals to the DOJ have been made only 22 times in the FEC’s 40-year history.
Fourteen referrals, nearly two-thirds of the total, came in the first four years of the FEC’s existence from 1975 through 1978.
Perhaps it’s time to close the FEC for good when it becomes obvious that it can not function properly.
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