Misplaced Loyalties: Will FEC Nominee Put Trump Over Country?

Reading Time: 3 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020When President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was asked during his confirmation hearing last week whether he agreed with the intelligence comm

Despite Shattered FEC, One Commissioner Is Still Fighting for Clean Elections

Reading Time: 7 minutesSince the Federal Election Commission (FEC) lost its quorum, Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub has used her position to highlight the many gaps and flaws in campaign finance regulations, travel throughout the US to educate the public about these laws, and, from time to time, remind the country that accepting help from a foreign government is illegal.

Congress (Finally) Considers Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

Reading Time: 3 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020Most Americans agree on background checks for gun purchases, lower prescription drug prices, and the need to take on climate change.

Information Warfare Has Evolved, Democracy’s Defenses Have Not

Reading Time: 5 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020Quick: How many of each type of animal did Moses bring on the ark?Your response might well be “two.” But if you slowed down a moment, you would realize that it was a trick question.

Facebook Is Now the Only Cop in Town to Protect Elections

Reading Time: 7 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020A key component of the “information warfare” Russia waged on the 2016 presidential election was the spread of misinformation on popular social media platforms.

FEC Blocks Investigation Into Russia-NRA Ties

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe initials FEC stand for Federal Election Commission but the “F” might as well stand for “feckless.” The agency, according to its own words, is supposed to “promote confidence and participation in the democratic process.” It seems to be failing at its core mission.Late last week, the two Republican FEC commissioners blocked an investigation into whether Russians use

FEC Dealings With Trump Campaign Shows Dysfunction on Both Sides

Reading Time: 3 minutesEven before he officially kicks off his reelection campaign later this month, President Donald Trump has already found plenty of ways to use campaign donations to line his own pockets. But he may want to invest in a campaign finance expert quickly — or at least somebody who can count — or his campaign could soon be slapped with sanctions by the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Houston Does Not Have a Problem

It’s more satisfying to drive a car around Mars looking for water than to idly sit by and watch a bunch of oligarchs dismantle the federal campaign finance system, a survey of more than 400,000 government workers has shown.While that may sound like a story from The Onion, it’s actually one of the findings of the massive that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducted.