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September 19, 2014

Controversial Commissioner Resigns From FEC

Today is the last day for Federal Election Commissioner Donald F. McGahn, who is resigning to take a more lucrative position as partner at his former employer, the law and lobbying firm of Patton Boggs.

McGahn, a Republican, served on the Federal Election Commission since 2008. Compared with other Commissions since 1975, he was one of the least collegial Commissioners and often openly battled Democratic Commissioners over interpretations of the campaign finance law. McGahn was also known for promoting the needs and desires of the professional campaign finance lawyer community in Washington, D.C.

Patton Boggs LLP reported being paid more than $8.4 million for lobbying work for 220 clients in the second quarter of 2013. McGahn worked at Patton Boggs from 1995-1999.

The Commission had been operating with only five Commissioners since February. The President nominated Republican Lee Goodman and Democrat Ann Ravel as new FEC Commissioners. They were approved by the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday. They are expected to win Senate approval soon.

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