Campaign Finance – John J. Sullivan’s FEC Nomination Withdrawn By White House

John J. Sullivan’s nomination to the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) was withdrawn by the White House yesterday.  Mr. Sullivan, a labor union lawyer, was nominated to fill Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub’s seat on the FEC.  Commissioner Weintraub is a holdover since her term expired years ago.

The pro-regulation groups opposed Mr. Sullivan’s nomination.  Senators Feingold and McCain placed a hold on Mr. Sullivan, preventing the full Senate from considering his nomination even though he received the unanimous approval of the Senate Rules Committee. 

The Center for Competitive Politics issued a press release lamenting the demise of Mr. Sullivan’s nomination.

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