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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s “freedom dividend” free money raffle has raised questions of legality, but the watchdog tasked with overseeing campaign finance issues, the Federal Election Commission, is hamstrung.
Even if Yang’s program, which entails giving $1,000 a month for a year to 10 families, actually breaks the law, not much can be done about it, since there is no one to hold his campaign accountable, multiple campaign finance experts told the Washington Examiner.
The article goes on to state the following:
The FEC, an independent bipartisan regulatory agency, lacks the quorum of four commissioners present it needs to fulfill its responsibilities in their entirety. When Vice Chairman Matthew Petersen announced in August that he was resigning from the commission, the agency, which is supposed to have six commissioners, was left with just three.
According to the Examiner, Caroline Hunter, the lone Republican commissioner at the FEC, said they will be taking in reports and processing complaints, but they “won’t be doing a lot of the significant matters that the commission does when it needs four votes,” including votes on legal questions.
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