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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.