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FEC takes shape under Hays’ watchful eyes

If you were a Congressman in the early 1970s, you were probably scared of the late Rep. Wayne Hays (D-Ohio). You definitely hated him. His dominance in Congress has had lasting effects on how elections are monitored today.

FEC stuck on the sidelines

Two major court rulings in 2010 fundamentally changed the landscape of campaign finance law in the United States. The floodgates were opened to unprecedented levels of campaign donations, much of it untraceable.

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FEC debates deadlocks and dismissals

Since its founding in 1974, the Federal Election Commission has long been regarded as an ineffective agency, garnering criticism as a “toothless tiger” or a “tightly leashed watchdog.”

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What is the FEC?

Following the Watergate scandal, Congress introduced the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in an amendment to existing campaign finance regulations. An independent agency that would enforce campaign finance law, the FEC officially opened for business in April 1975.

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Commissioners linger in ‘holdover’ status

In 1997, the Treasury and Government Appropriations Act mandated that FEC commissioners may serve a single six-year term, with no opportunity for reappointment. When a commissioner’s term expires, they may choose to continue serving in holdover status until they are replaced. Currently, three out of the six commissioners are in holdover status.

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The long road for nursing-home legalization in the Ohio statehouse

This story from the Investigative Reporting Workshop  was produced in collaboration with Eye on Ohio, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Ohio Center for Journalism. Please join Eye on Ohio’s free mailing list as this helps us provide more public-service reporting. As Ohio grapples with the highest number of State Tested Nurse Aides (STNAs) shortages in the country …

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Partnering with the Maine Monitor

Our joint investigation with the Maine Monitor found that contracted hours for certified nursing assistants in nursing homes across Maine nearly doubled since 2017. And agency staffing hours across all employee types rose 66% during that same period.

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Nursing homes scramble for solutions

Many nursing homes face ongoing staff shortages, a problem that predates the pandemic. In Maine, the use of contract nurses and assistants has soared since 2017.