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December 13, 2012

More of the Same from the White House

By Jeremy Miller

White HouseWhile we may be surprised the White House actually responded to our press conference yesterday – where we yet again called on the President to appoint new commissioners to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) – we’re not at all surprised at the actual response, which does nothing more than recycle a previous, yet similarly trite response.

Asked about the press conference by Politico, the White House responded:

“We are not going to publicly speculate on future personnel decisions, but the president intends to nominate well-qualified candidates, and we will continue to support strong enforcement of our campaign finance laws.”

Actions speak louder than words, and we’ve waited four years for President Obama to make good on his 2008 campaign promise and begin the process of reforming the most dysfunctional agency in Washington.  CREW and a broad coalition of organizations repeatedly have urged the president to replace the five hold-over commissioners with new appointees of both parties who are committed to fulfilling their statutory responsibilities to administer and enforce the nation’s campaign finance laws. Yesterday, we appealed to the president to bypass the discredited past approach of letting congressional leaders choose the FEC commissioners and instead create a diverse, bipartisan and respected panel to recommend highly qualified potential nominees.

Let’s hope the administration’s latest pronouncement is more than just hot air and signifies real White House commitment to reforming the FEC by appointing new commissioners dedicated to strong and independent enforcement. The American people need a robust and functional enforcement agency now more than ever.

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