FEC chair all but giving up hope to rein in money abuses

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Posted: May 02, 2015 8:19 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission says she's largely given up hope of reining in abuses in raising and spending money in the 2016 presidential campaign and calls the agency she oversees "worse than dysfunctional."

In an interview with The New York Times, Ann M. Ravel says she had been determined to "bridge the partisan gap" at the agency and see that it confronted its problems when she became its chair last December. She says she has now essentially abandoned efforts to work out agreements on what she sees as much-needed enforcement measures.

Instead, Ravel says she plans on concentrating on getting information out publicly, rather than continuing what she sees as a futile attempt to take action against major violations.