John J. Sullivan’s nomination to the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) was withdrawn by the White House yesterday.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.