Above, Melanie Sloan of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics explains why the agency charged with enforcing campaign finance law is out to lunch, and what We the People can do about it right now. We are about 1000 signatures away from the 25,000 we need to get a response from the White House. The petition reads:
We expect candidates for federal office to follow our campaign finance laws, but the FEC – the agency charged with enforcing those laws – is completely dysfunctional.
Three of the six commissioners staunchly refuse to enforce the law and five of the six are serving despite expired terms.
Prior to your election, you professed support for campaign finance reform. We agree with you that the Citizens United Supreme Court decision was disastrous and the failure of Congress to require disclosure of campaign-related spending was outrageous. Nevertheless, you have failed to appoint new commissioners who actually would enforce such laws.
To restore some faith into the democratic process, we urge you to nominate new commissioners to the FEC prior to the 2012 elections. [Sign petition]