Who says the FEC is not doing anything without a quorum? Just last week the FEC announced it released a number of cases with civil penalties totaling $64,000. Without a quorum, of course, the FEC cannot accept conciliation agreements or even close a case, among other things. And the FEC hasn’t had a quorum since January. So why the releases now?
The FEC accepted the conciliation agreements (or otherwise closed-out the matters) in 2007, while the Commission enjoyed the last days of its quorum. The five-month delay probably relates to preparing the cases for the public record, which apparently can take a few months. The Texans for Truth case (involving political committee status, $5,000 fine for over $300,000 in activity) and ACORN case (“The FEC found [ACORN’s] activities in Florida were nonpartisan.”) warrant a more detailed look.