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Plaintiffs Shred FEC’s Defense of Debate Commission
by Shawn M. Griffiths
Posted January 7, 2018

Commission on Presidential Debates excludes 3rd partiesLevel the Playing Field filed new documents in their case against the “nonpartisan” Commission on Presidential Debates. Among them is a brief that includes a blistering response to the FEC’s argument that the CPD — as an organization — doesn’t have a conflict of interest, even though the majority of its board is made up of high-powered Democratic and Republican insiders.

Plaintiffs in Level the Playing Field, et. al. v. FEC say the federal commission has ignored a “mountain of evidence” against the CPD, has misled the court in its defense of the debate commission, and has allowed the CPD to exercise “unchecked power to decide who may participate in the presidential debates.”

“[The CPD] has abused that power by erecting insurmountable obstacles that ensure only Republican and Democratic candidates will be invited,” plaintiffs write in their latest memorandum. More…