Thursday, January 05, 2006
Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer on Recess Appointments
Made Yesterday by President Bush to the Federal Election Commission
President Bush's three recess appointments yesterday to the six-member Federal Election Commission are a scandalous effort to ensure that the nation's campaign finance laws remain uninformed and the Federal Election Commission remains a captive, feckless agency.
The Federal Election Commission recess appointments also represent a gross abuse by President Bush of his recess appointment powers, replacing half the members of the agency without giving the Senate or the public any opportunity to consider their qualifications for the job.
At a time when government corruption scandals are exploding in Washington, President Bush and Democratic and Republican congressional leaders have joined together to seriously undermine the country's anti-corruption campaign finance laws.
President Bush and Democratic and Republican congressional leaders acted to rig the campaign finance enforcement system by again sending new Commissioners to the Federal Election Commission with a clear mandate to protect incumbents and party officials, at the great expense of the American people and their interest in strong enforcement of the laws.
Yesterday's recess appointments only confirm that the Federal Election Commission is a failed agency that must be abolished and replaced with a new effective enforcement agency, if citizens are to have effective campaign finance laws that protect against government corruption.
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