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1/ So! 657 days and 50,000 followers into the effort, it's time to close up shop at @alt_fec. The midterms are done and it looks like the Republic just might survive this crisis. We have been called to #resist in other ways.

Two parting thoughts as we ride off into the sunset:
2/ • Our #campaignfinance laws have been fundamentally broken by #SCOTUS. It's not a matter of flipping #CitizensUnited – you have to reach back to Buckley v. Valeo (1976), the case that established that the government has no interest in a level playing field…
3/ and that preventing corruption is the only allowable reason to regulate #campaignfinance. This was a bad idea from the start, and has led to rotten results. Since #SCOTUS is unlikely to help out anytime soon, and amending the Constitution is unlikely to work, …
4/ … Congress and the states are going to have to embrace voluntary programs like public campaign financing to improve #campaignfinance.
5/ • The @FEC is also fundamentally broken. We're starting a second decade of the agency being thoroughly obstructed by #GOP commissioners. By consistently voting as an ideologically driven bloc since 2008, they've permanently broken the structure of the agency.
6/ It used to work better; it never will again as it's currently structured. @FEC staff do a terrific job; the problem is at the top. Congress needs to figure out a new way to structure agency leadership that will actually enforce the law.
8/ It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the @FEC's #Resistance block captain on Twitter, and to play a very small part in the very large effort that led to overwhelming voter turnout last week.
9/ We asked you to: "Come for the truth about federal #campaignfinance law. Stay for the witty repartee." We hope we were able to deliver on both.
10/ If you want to keep getting your fix on all things @FEC, we recommend you follow these troublemakers: @SteveESpaulding and @ThePaulSRyan at @CommonCause, @brendan_fischer and @AdavNoti at @CampaignLegal, and @abalcerzak and @DaveLevinthal at @Publici.

@alt_fec out.
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