Ann Ravel, FEC, Federal Election Commission, Campaign Finance Reform


A Democratic Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Ann Ravel, has resigned.  Ravel made notoriety in 2014 when she called for “a reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies.”

She outlined a plan that would treat any blog or news site that advocated for any candidate running for federal office as part of that candidate’s campaign, and thus subject to FEC donation limits. The move was blocked by the 3 GOP members that also sit on the commission.


By law, the person replacing Ravel must also be a registered Democrat.  Traditionally, Senate Democrats recommend the name for the Dem Commissioners replacement, but this is not required by law.