The last time we wrote about FEC Commissioner Don McGahn, we were reporting the well-deserved rebuke he delivered to “reform” proponent Norman Ornstein in the pages of Roll Call. As TPMMuckraker reports, McGahn is continuing to speak his mind in response to his critics:
“I feel bad for” the reform groups that call the agency dysfunctional, [McGahn] said. “Much of their life’s work has been rendered irrelevant by a series of stinging court cases.”
The campaign finance lobby is, naturally, offended by McGahn’s blunt statement. But there is nothing inaccurate about it. Much of the reformers’ handiwork has been undone over the last five years, and there is no reason to expect that this will change anytime soon. And although the “reformers” may despair at these developments, we celebrate them as victories for free speech and we applaud McGahn for calling it like he sees it.