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DC Lawyer: FEC Women in Politics Forum a Dem Campaign Event

By    |   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 07:17 PM

The Democratic chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission is doing blatantly partisan and self-serving political work by sponsoring a forum next month whose premise is that politics needs more women, Washington lawyer Cleta Mitchell told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV Thursday.

"She's using our money to promote her political agenda," Mitchell said of FEC Chairwoman Ann M. Ravel, whose agency enforces campaign finance laws. Conservative activist Mitchell called on Ravel to resign and urged an investigation of the event by the FEC inspector general.

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Mitchell said Ravel is the same "rabid, left-wing liberal Democrat," who in February proposed regulating bloggers and others who use the Internet to support candidates.

"We need to really organize a major effort against this woman. She's a menace," said Mitchell, who as a lawyer represented several conservative groups in the IRS targeting scandal.

The May 12 forum at FEC headquarters in Washington, D.C., is open to the public and will address why "women remain significantly underrepresented in politics at all levels of government," reads the official invite from Ravel's office.

Ravel "announced on her own, without consulting with any other members of the commission last week, that she was going to host a seminar … paid for not with her money but with our money," said Mitchell.

"The topic is the 'problem' of why there aren't more women in politics," she said. "Well look, there's no statutory authority for the Federal Election Commission to have a position on that. They're supposed to be umpires. They're not supposed to be deciding who should play, who should not play. They're not supposed to decide which candidates are good and which candidates are bad. They're supposed to enforce and uphold the federal statute, and this goes well beyond that."

Mitchell said a government-sponsored forum advocating more women in politics is typical of the "goofy" partisan endeavors Ravel also undertook as chair of California's Fair Political Practices Commission.

"And it's a real misuse of taxpayer money," she said.

The Daily Caller has reported that the forum will include "a slew of liberal Democratic panelists with no Republicans in sight."

"Certainly the inspector general of the Federal Election Commission should investigate this," said MItchell. "This isn't the first thing she's done to use our money to try to help her side of the equation."

"Last fall, she spent money going around the country to key battleground states where there were hot Senate races, and she held public meetings and press conferences to talk about dark money," said Mitchell. "Well, 'dark money' — that's code by the left, by the Democrats, to attack the sources of conservative donors who want to support conservative or Republican candidates for office."

Mitchell said the upcoming forum is equally inappropriate for the top official at what is supposed to be a neutral arbiter of election law. She said to imagine being the lawyer for a male political candidate in a dispute before the FEC in which Ravel is one of the agency's six voting commissioners.

Ravel was appointed to the FEC by President Barack Obama in 2013. Mitchell said the scuttlebutt is that she is positioning herself to be appointed attorney general of California if the current job holder, Kamala Harris, runs for retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer's seat.

"She's using our tax money to promote her agenda and her future," said Mitchell.

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The Democratic chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission is doing blatantly partisan and self-serving political work by sponsoring a forum next month whose premise is that politics needs more women, Washington lawyer Cleta Mitchell said.
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