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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 16:06

Soon-to-be former Democratic FEC chair tried to politicize the bipartisan commission

Written by  Bradley A. Smith, contributor

Federal Election Commissioner Ann Ravel announced this week her intent to resign on March 1, two months before the expiration of her term. By her own account, her three-plus years at the FEC have been a failure: In a bitter farewell op-ed at The New York Times she wrote, "the agency remains dysfunctional, more so than ever.


Ravel is perhaps best known to conservatives as the FEC commissioner who wanted to regulate Internet politics under the guise of campaign finance reform. This was a repetitive theme for Ravel, and she rejected an effort by Republican Commissioner Lee Goodman to clarify that the Federal Election Campaign Act, intended to regulate private money in campaigns, did not apply to limit the publication of political books, satellite radio, and internet communications.

Commissioner Ravel came to Washington with a sincere desire to make the FEC a more effective, more efficient agency. Her plans, however, broke down in a combination of ideological overreach and a disdain for the hard work of democracy and governance.

Ravel ignored advice to focus her efforts on modest but meaningful goals that would have bipartisan support at the FEC, such as updating outdated regulations and improving reporting guidelines and mechanisms. Instead, she sought to implement a sweeping progressive campaign finance agenda that had not passed Congress: imposing controls on new media and pushing for unprecedented invasions of Americans' political lives under the guise of "disclosure.

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