Weintraub said during the meeting that the rule could undermine the FEC’s “ability to build cases and to go after the most culpable parties.”
In other agency proceedings, the FEC approved an advisory opinion by a 5-1 vote that would allow Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) to use campaign funds for the legal expenses of a contractor used in his 2010 election bid. The decision mirrors an opinion issued in 2009, which allowed Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.) to spend campaign funds to defend current and former staff members in an investigation into lobbying activities.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.