Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s “freedom dividend” free money raffle has raised questions of legality, but the watchdog tasked with overseeing campaign finance issues, the Federal Election Commission, is hamstrung.
Even if Yang’s program, which entails giving $1,000 a month for a year to 10 families, actually breaks the law, not much can be done about it, since there is no one to hold his campaign accountable, multiple campaign finance experts told the Washington Examiner.
“I think Andrew Yang is part of a trend of the FEC being dysfunctional and campaigns getting away with things, a general willingness to skirt the law,” former FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel told the Washington Examiner. “Because there will be no consequences for them from the FEC.”
The FEC, an independent bipartisan regulatory agency, lacks the quorum of four commissioners present it needs to fulfill its responsibilities in their entirety. When Vice Chairman Matthew Petersen announced in August that he was resigning from the commission, the agency, which is supposed to have six commissioners, was left with just three. read more