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June 21, 2013

CREW Statement in Response to the Nomination of Two Commissioners to the FEC

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Washington, D.C. — This afternoon, President Obama announced two nominees, Ann Ravel and Lee Goodman, to serve as commissioners on the Federal Election Commission (FEC).  All five of the current commissioners are serving on expired terms, and there is one vacancy.  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) repeatedly has urged the White House to nominate new members of the commission.

In response to this announcement, CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan issued the following statement:

“CREW is glad that President Obama has finally followed up on his long-standing promise to nominate individuals to the FEC, a small part of addressing the much larger issue of campaign finance reform.  By nominating two new commissioners, he has taken a step in the right direction.  CREW has been closely following Chairwoman Ravel’s great work as head of the California Fair Political Practices Commission and is thrilled by her nomination.  Additionally, CREW hopes Mr. Goodman will be more committed to enforcing campaign finance laws than his predecessor, Don McGahn.

“CREW urges the Senate to move quickly to begin considering these nominees, but much more work needs to be done to strengthen the government’s campaign finance watchdog.  Moving to fill these two seats is one step forward in bolstering the FEC — widely considered to be the most dysfunctional agency in Washington.  It is critical that the White House act expeditiously in submitting nominees to fill the remaining four positions.

“With the near-constant partisan deadlock at the agency, confirming commissioners who are dedicated to enforcing our nation’s campaign finance laws, regardless of political affiliation, is essential.  This is critical to instilling confidence in the integrity of our public officials and our federal elections.  CREW hopes the White House will act quickly in nominating new commissioners and working to elevate the FEC to the respected watchdog the American people expect — and need — it to be.”

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions. For more information, please visit www.citizensforethics.org or contact Jordan Libowitz at 202.408.5565 or jlibowitz@citizensforethics.org.

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