When California's campaign finance watchdog agency announced a $1 million settlement last month against two groups that were behind a massive, anonymous donation in 2012, it was not only big news in the political world -- it was also agency Chair Ann Ravel's last act.
The next day, Oct. 25, Ravel was sworn in as one of President Obama's appointed commissioners to the Federal Election Commission.
Ravel, who before her time with California's Fair Political Practices Commission served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's civil division, moves from an agency that has been among the most active of the state-level actors enforcing campaign finance rules to one, the FEC, which has been criticized for moving too slowly in the post-Citizens United era of campaign spending. TPM spoke by phone this week with Ravel about her past work and her new job.
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