KUNC Colorado: Reps. Buck And Polis Want Better Enforcement Of Campaign Finance Laws (In the News)

KUNC Colorado: Reps. Buck And Polis Want Better Enforcement Of Campaign Finance Laws

By Michael De Yoanna

Twelve members of Congress are supporting the Restoring Integrity to America’s Election Act, including two from Colorado: Reps. Ken Buck and Jared Polis, a Republican and a Democrat, respectively.

Buck said the commission was “set up in a way that invited deadlock, and that’s just what we’ve got.”…

The act seeks to reduce the number of commissioners from six to five. No more than two members of the commission could be from the same party. A fifth proposed commissioner would be the chairperson and nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate for a 10-year term.

Groups like Issue One, a bipartisan advocacy organization focused on government ethics and political reform, are supporting the legislation as a way to restore enforcement surrounding money in politics.

Other groups, like the Center for Competitive Politics, worry that the bill’s deciding presidential pick would create an ideological tilt on the commission.

“It would transform campaign finance law enforcement into a partisan exercise, no matter how the agency markets itself,” the group said in a press release.

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.