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.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.