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Report: Officials at FEC Split on How to Handle Russia Influence

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By    |   Sunday, 16 Jul 2017 09:31 PM

Officials at the Federal Election Commission are split on how to move forward in light of recent reports of foreign meddling in the 2016 presidential election, The Hill reported Sunday. 

Democratic FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub has pushed for the FEC to do more to reassure the American public that it takes seriously the threat of foreign influence in U.S. elections, including conducting its own investigation into the matter.

"I really don’t want us to find ourselves two years from now looking back and saying despite everything that we read in the newspaper, we decided to delay taking any proactive action and then we find ourselves facing a new round of allegations coming out of the 2018 election," she said at a public meeting last Thursday.

The FEC discussion took place amid major probes of Russian interference in the election, including possible collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign. A criminal probe is being carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees also have taken up the matter.

Foreign campaign spending has long been outlawed in U.S. elections and the FEC has civil enforcement authority of federal campaign finance laws.

Vice Chair Caroline Hunter and FEC Commissioners Lee Goodman and Matthew Petersen, all Republicans, said they had faith in the FEC’s enforcement process and that taking any other action would be "premature and counterproductive."

That could change, though, "if new evidence emerges that changes this factual predicate," they said.

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Officials at the Federal Election Commission are split on how to move forward in light of recent reports of foreign meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the Hill reported Sunday.
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