The chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission wields her Twitter handle like a Swiss Army knife.
In the past four months, she’s deployed the presidential subtweet, the precisely timed retweet and the 57-part tweetstorm, racking up tens of thousands of followers, winning praise from the left and attracting derision from the right. With her agency effectively hamstrung, lacking enough commissioners to do its job, Ellen L. Weintraub has gone to work online.
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Trevor Potter, a Republican and former FEC chair who was appointed by George H.W. Bush, defended Weintraub and applauded her leadership, saying conservatives have for the past 10 years prevented the commission from enforcing the law.
“Today’s commission is riven by a deep, philosophical divide over whether they should do their job or not,” said Potter, now the president of Campaign Legal Center, which advocates for stricter regulation of money in politics.
“If they had their way, they wouldn’t have an FEC,” he said of Republicans.
Trevor Potter is also a Member of the Political Law Group at Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered.
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