Washington Post Quotes Trevor Potter and Matthew Sanderson: Trump Shows Little Interest in Beefing Up Federal Election Commission
More than a year into his presidency, President Trump has shown little interest in beefing up the Federal Election Commission, the agency that could serve as a key player in his avowed agenda to reduce the influence of moneyed interests on politics.
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“He is somewhat unique in that he was elected as a Republican presidential candidate while talking about money in politics issues,” said Matthew Sanderson, who served as a campaign finance lawyer for the 2008 McCain-Palin ticket. “I thought there might be some opportunity for him to do something.”
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Trevor Potter, former Republican FEC commissioner and founder of campaign-finance advocacy group Campaign Legal Center, said he hopes things will change under Trump this year.
“I am hopeful that he will turn to those issues in the second year of his term, now that he has dealt with tax cuts and health care and substantive legislative issues in the first year,” Potter said.
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Excerpt taken from the article “Despite Pledge to ‘Drain The Swamp,’ Trump Has Shown Little Interest in Beefing Up the Federal Election Commission” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee for The Washington Post.