News came down last week that President Obama’s choice to fill a vacancy on the Federal Election Commission is Ann Ravel, who currently serves as chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

We cheered the CFPPC for its success in tracking secret “dark money” financing a couple of ballot proposition campaigns last year.

“My focus from day one has been to direct our enforcement efforts on the most serious campaign and ethics violations such as conflicts of interest, money laundering, and failure to follow the disclosure laws,” Ravel said in an interview with California’s Capitol Weekly.

The FEC is an agency with problems that have only gotten worse since the Citizens United decision. In addition to the vacancy Ravel would fill, the other five commission

er’s terms have all expired.

President Obama will also be nominating Republican counsel Lee Goodman to the non-partisan commission.

Both nominees will have to be confirmed by the Senate.


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