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Senate Bill for Revised FEC Would Require One Non-Major Party Commissioner
August 11th, 2009
On August 7, U.S. Senators Russell Feingold and John McCain introduced S.1648. It would replace the Federal Election Commission with a Federal Election Administration. The new body would have three members. All three would need to have different party affiliations than any of the others.
FEC releases 2008 prez/congressional vote count: mixed media response
Ballot Access News is a site which focuses on why and how independent and third party candidates have so many ballot access hurdles to overcome. So, when the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) released its report on votes in the 2008 US Presidential race and Congressional races this week, Ballot Access covered the story in a straightforward way, and the FEC link was given.
The Federal Election Commission issued two rulings this week that continued a move toward a looser interpretation of election laws and could mean an increase in the use of loosely regulated, independent political groups in the 2010 midterm elections.
Within the next few weeks, it is likely that the Federal Election Commission will rule on a request by the Socialist Workers Party for an extension of its exemption from reporting who contributes to its federal campaigns.
Democratic candidate Mike Gravel could apparently get federal matching funds for his unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid, thanks to a vote by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that overruled an opinion by the agency’s counsel.… Read more ...
On September 24, attorneys for Ralph Nader sent a letter to the U.S. attorney in Scranton, Pennsylvania, asking him to open an investigation into likely illegal acts committed by the people who challenged his 2004 Pennsylvania petition, and similar acts committed in 2006 against the Green Partyâ€™s petition.
In perhaps the most desperate sounding e-mail solicitation yet this election cycle, third party Libertarian candidate Bob Barrâ€™s campaign manager sent out a plea today to supporters to raise $15,000 each day this weekâ€”or else.
Under the subject line, â€œHave I said or done something to offend you?â€ Russ Verney writes, â€œYou see, I have to report that unless we receive and immediate cash infusion of $85,000, our progress will stop dead in its tracks.
I worked with Steve Kubby on his recent campaign for the LP Presidential and Vice Presidential nominations. Although we did not win, we came close to getting the VP nomination. In this letter to supporters, Steve talks about how far he has come and what he plans to do next. I know he has (or at least had) plans on seeking down-ticket political office in the future, although he does not discuss that here, and I haven’t talked to him about it lately.… Read more ...