When ‘draining the swamp’ means nothing to reform money in politics
Americans are deeply dissatisfied with the state of their democracy, a fact that candidate Donald Trump used to his advantage when he ran on a promise to “drain the swamp.” And yet, the president has just nominated a member of the Federal Election Commission who opposes regulation of money in politics, including common-sense solutions like disclosure. The nominee, Trey Trainor, is an attorney based in Texas who has supported eliminating the Texas Ethics Commission, the state’s campaign finance agency. Scott Braddock, a journalist and political analyst based in Austin, recently summed up Trainor by saying that “no one has fought against transparency in Texas elections with as much energy.”
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Director, Campaign Finance and Electoral Reform