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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 15:30

Trump nominates conservative Texas lawyer to Federal Election Commission

Written by  Matea Gold
James E. “Trey” Trainor III was nominated to serve on the Federal Election Commission.

President Trump tapped a conservative Texas lawyer who worked for his campaign to serve on the long-polarized Federal Election Commission, an appointment that comes as the panel is under pressure to examine whether a Russian company broke election laws by running politically themed Facebook ads during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The White House announced late Tuesday that the president has nominated James E. “Trey” Trainor III, a partner in the Austin office of Akerman LLP, to fill the remainder of a six-year FEC term that will expire in April 2021. That puts him on track to replace Republican Commissioner Lee Goodman, who said this spring that he was planning on stepping down by the end of year.

In an email, Goodman declined to comment on his plans, but said that he has known Trainor for nearly a decade, and called him “an excellent and thoughtful lawyer.”

“Trey Trainor will bring a principled libertarian perspective to the FEC,” Goodman said. " I believe President Trump has made an excellent choice for the future of the FEC.”

Trainor, who must be confirmed by the Senate, has pushed for less regulation of money in politics.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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