Reid Offers Deal on FEC Deadlock

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April 29, 2008 5:55 p.m.

From Roll Call (sub. req.):

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) shipped to the White House on Tuesday a compromise plan on Federal Election Commission nominees, a deal that is likely dead on arrival because it does not meet GOP demands on Hans von Spakovsky.

“You are aware that Mr. von Spakovsky does not have majority support to win confirmation,” Reid wrote Tuesday in a letter to White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten. “It is my understanding that you have two additional Republican FEC candidates cleared for nomination.

“One would fill Mr. von Spakovsky’s seat should he be defeated or withdrawn, and the other would fill the vacant Republican seat,” Reid continued. “You already have the non-controversial re-nomination of sitting commissioner David Mason pending.”

You can read Reid’s letter to White House chief of staff Josh Bolten here. But as Roll Call says, Republicans have thus far refused to budge on any deal that doesn’t include Spakovsky getting packaged in a vote with the other less controversial nominees. And so the FEC remains officially dormant and the complaints against allegedly outlaw campaign activity continue to pile up.

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