WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama intends to nominate two lawyers with government experience to become commissioners on the Federal Election Commission, the agency that oversees and enforces campaign finance laws. One of the nominees would fill a Democratic vacancy on the commission and the other would replace the current vice chairman, Republican Donald F. McGahn.
Obama's nominee to the Republican seat is Lee Goodman, who served as a top aide to former Republican Gov. Jim Gilmore of Virginia. Obama's Democratic nominee is Ann Ravel, the chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission. She would fill the seat vacated earlier this year by Cynthia Bauerly.
If confirmed by the Senate, the FEC would have all of its six commissioners - three Democrats and three Republicans.