Lofgren Statement on Federal Election Commission’s Open Meeting

Jan 15, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after the Federal Election Commission held its first open meeting yesterday since its quorum was restored:

“I am pleased that, with the recent confirmation of new commissioners, including Chair Shana M. Broussard, the Federal Election Commission finally has the quorum necessary to start addressing the many challenges of enforcing campaign finance laws and protecting the integrity of our elections as it held its first open meeting yesterday.  Much work remains to be done.

“President Trump and Senate Republicans’ prolonged failure to fill outstanding vacancies at the Commission during a federal election year contributed to a historic level of dark money in the 2020 election.  And as our country grappled with widespread misinformation and outright lies about the 2020 elections, the Commission was powerless to step in to combat this tsunami of dark money drowning out the voices of voters.

“It is particularly noteworthy that the Commission elected Ms. Broussard, the first African American commissioner in the agency’s 45-year history, as Chair.  Yesterday’s open meeting is a potential first step to curbing the influence of dark money in our elections and ensuring that all American voters – not just the checkbooks of anonymous donors – are empowered to decide the outcome of our elections.  I am hopeful Chair Broussard’s leadership will return the FEC to its mission of protecting the integrity of the federal campaign finance process in the year ahead.”

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Congress Number: 
117th Congress