Withdrawal of FEC-Vice Chairman Matthew Petersen is leaving the Agency will not be able to vote on actions

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The Vice-Chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), submitted his resignation letter to President Trump on Monday, leaving the Agency a member short of the number needed to vote on the proposed measures.

Matthew Petersen, a Republican, and served as a Commissioner since 2008, said in his letter that he with his position on Saturday.

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to be served by the Commission,” said his letter, which was published on the FEC website. “The work of a Commissioner is difficult, because it implies that measures which have an impact on the free speech rights of the American people.”



He added, “for this reason, I take satisfaction in the fulfillment of my duty to safeguard First Amendment interests, and faithful to the administration and enforcement of the federal campaign finance laws.”

Petersen served as FEC Chairman twice – in 2010 and 2016 – before he took the position of vice chairman.

“My friendships with the other members of the Commission, my executive assistants, and the FEC staff was the highlight of my experience at the Agency,” Petersen wrote. “I can’t thank adequately all of you for your professionalism, support and sense of decency during my time here.”


Petersen’s departure hamstrings FEC votes on any new actions, as the four members the duty, to make decisions. FEC guidelines state that no more than three Commission members are from the same political party, with the hope that such guidelines would facilitate impartial decisions.

The rest of the Commission members, the Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat; Caroline hunter, a Republican, and Steven Walther, an independent. President Trump nominated to fill Republican lawyer Trey Trainor in the year 2017, a Commissioner slot, but the Senate has not yet voted on his nomination.


The resignation of Petersen difficult to have fought an already difficult situation at the FEC as the commissioners, about his mission, and Trump the constant claims of voter fraud.

“It’s not a problem from a standstill, it is a problem of disunity, it is a problem, half of the commissioners do not agree with the order of the Agency,” Weintraub of The hills told earlier this year.

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