CREW Files Comments with the FEC in Response to Citizens United
CREW today submitted comments to the Federal Election Commission, urging the FEC to take strong action to increase transparency and, as much current law allows, to reduce the opportunities for money to influence politics. The petition asks the COmmission to address four separate areas of rulemaking authority in light of the Citizens United case. The issues are: disclosure of donors who fund independent expeditures, whether U.S. subsidiaries of foreign corporations can spend money to influence U.S. elections, preventing companies and unions from coercing their employees/members to support independent expenditures and whether existing coordination rules are adequate. Without effective rules in these areas, the Commission cannot meet its primary statutory obligation: to protect the integrity of the federal campaign finance process.