Caroline Hunter’s six-year term on the Federal Election Commission expires today. If recent history is any guide, what will happen next is ... nothing. Of the six seats on the FEC, which interprets and administers the nation’s election laws, one is vacant and the others are occupied by commissioners with expired terms. It’s tempting to conclude from this that inertia dominates the FEC but that would be mistaken: The commission is more destructive than mere inertia could possibly allow.
The Republican National Committee, in a continuing bid to scale back U.S. campaign finance limits, sued for the right to raise unlimited funds for so-called independent expenditures used to advocate in an election.