Allred Cosponsors Bill to Reform America’s Election Watchdog

September 12, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) cosponsored the bipartisan Restoring Integrity to America’s Elections Act to reform the Federal Election Commission (FEC) so it can enforce our nation’s campaign finance and election laws in a non-partisan manner. 

“As insidious forces at home and abroad try to influence our elections, North Texans need an effective watchdog to enforce campaign finance laws and prevent bad actors from doing harm to our democracy,” said Allred. “This is an issue where Democrats and Republicans alike are finding common ground. We must act to ensure our elections are secure and our laws are enforced.”

In March, Allred voted and cosponsored H.R. 1, the For the People Act, the largest anti-corruption and good government reform package in a generation, which included the Restoring Integrity to America’s Elections Act. 

Background: 

Recently, due to a resignation, the FEC was not able to achieve a quorum. This will delay any enforcement or reform of our election laws, like strengthening disclosure requirements for online ads that Russian agents used to attempt to sway voters in 2016.  

The bill is a bipartisan effort and was introduced by Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01).  

The Restoring Integrity to America’s Election Act would:

  • Change the number of commissioners from six to five, eliminating prominent result of stalemate decisions and inaction on important campaign finance matters.
  • Require that commissioners would be non-partisan, an effort to increase the independence of the FEC. 
  • Establish an advisory Blue-Ribbon Commission to develop recommendations on nominees to fill vacancies on the Commission as they arise.
  • Prohibit recent politicians from serving as commissioners to preserve the independence of the commission.
  • Strengthen the role of the General Counsel so that enforcement matters move forward on such authority, unless the Commission affirmatively votes to override the General Counsel.
  • Revise the qualifications for commissions to focus on independence, public credibility, and professional experience in election law.
  • Designate to reviewing courts the power to decide whether agency action is contrary to law based on the merits of the complaints before them.

 

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