Committee on House Administration Members Unanimously Support FEC Bill: Democrats Encourage Agency to Refocus on its Mission

Nov 18, 2013
Press Release

November 18, 2013 (Washington, D.C.) Today, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 3487, a bill to reauthorize the Federal Election Commission’s Administrative Fines Program (AFP) through 2018.  This program allows the FEC to streamline “straightforward disclosure violations” and enact a penalty. Since its introduction in 1999, the AFP has improved the enforcement process, decreased late filings, and assessed over $4 Million in fines. The bill was sponsored by all nine members of the House Administration Committee.

“Reauthorizing this program is a no-brainer. When it comes to campaign finance, my Republican colleagues and I rarely see eye-to-eye, but we all agree the program has been successful and I’m proud to stand with Chairman Miller on this issue,” said Committee on House Administration Ranking Member, Robert Brady (D-PA).

“We’ll do our part, now I hope they will do theirs. The FEC is a small agency charged with the monumental task of overseeing the massive, complex, and eroding campaign funding system. In the wake of Citizens United, we’ve needed them more than ever. Instead, the agency has been mired in partisan games, distracting it from important functions such as conducting audits or issuing regulations, advisory opinions, and enforcement actions,” Brady continued. “With a new, full slate of Commissioners, the agency must return to its core duties instead of partisan squabbling.”

 

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Congress Number: 
113th Congress