Trump’s FEC nominee has questioned the value of disclosing political donors

Published September 16, 2017

An article in The Washington Post about James “Trey” Trainor III, the conservative Texas lawyer nominated by President Trump last week to serve on the Federal Election Commission and who has challenged the disclosure of political donors, interviews James Gardner, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Bridget and Thomas Black Professor in the UB School of Law. “The court has said repeatedly that disclosure of the identity of donors improves the quality of electoral decision-making by informing voters who supports candidates, and thus to whom they may be beholden,” he said. The article also appeared in news outlets that include the San Diego Union-Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant and Denver Post.

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