The full version of this story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C.
The Federal Election Commission — an agency of clashing commissioners, seething staffers and key vacancies — may soon face congressmen who wonder: Why's the agency a basket case?
Such a trip under Congress's microscope could come in the form of a Committee on House Administration oversight hearing, something the FEC hasn't endured since 2011, when super PACs were still novel and the now-seminal Citizens United v. FEC decision wasn't yet two years old. A planned oversight hearing in 2014 never materialized.
"It's time," Committee on House Administration member Barry Loudermilk, a Republican congressman from Georgia, told the Center for Public Integrity. "We should take the opportunity and have a re-evaluation."