What is the Federal Election Commission?
The Federal Election Commission is an independent regulatory agency of the United States Federal Government. The Federal Election Commission was founded in 1975, by the United States Congress, in an attempt to regulate the campaign finance legislation in American politics.
Duties of the Federal Election Commission:
The Federal Election Commission’s role is specifically limited to the administration of federal campaign finance laws; the Federal Election Commission will enforce limitations and prohibitions on contributions and expenditures, as well as investigate and prosecute violations of such laws. Furthermore, the Federal Election Commission may audit a limited number of campaigns and organizations for compliance issues and administer the presidential campaign fund, which provides for public funds to candidates for president and nominating conventions.
Federal Election Commission Quick Facts
The following details outline the administration of the Federal Election Commission:
What is an Independent Government Agency?
An independent agency of the United States Federal Government is a department or organization that exists outside of the federal executive departments or those headed by a Cabinet secretary. In a more specific sense, the term Independent Government Agency, is used to describe agencies that, while constitutionally operating within the executive branch, are free from presidential authority or control, as a result of the President’s limited membership within the agency.
Independent government agencies are established through separate statutes passed by the United States Congress; each respective statutory grant of authority will define the goals or mission that the agency must work towards, in addition to the substantive areas, if applicable, over which the Independent Agency may have the power of rulemaking. These agency regulations, when enforced, maintain the power of federal law.