Background on FPPC Leader

The San Jose Mercury News interviews the head of California’s FPPC, Ross Johnson, a former legislator.  The Federal Election Administration Act of 2007, a law reorganzing the FEC, appeared to have barred some elected officials and former elected officials from serving as commissioner:

`(B) An individual may not be appointed under paragraph (1) if–

`(i) such individual is serving or has served as a member of the Federal Election Commission subject to a term limit; or

`(ii) at any time during the 4-year period ending on the date of the nomination of such individual, the individual was 

 `(I) a candidate, an employee of a candidate, or an attorney for a candidate;

 `(II) an elected officeholder, an employee of an elected officeholder, or an attorney for an elected officeholder;

 `(III) an officer or employee of a political party or an attorney for a political party; or

  ‘(IV) employed in a position in the executive branch of the Government of a confidential or policy-determining character under Schedule C of subpart C of part 213 of title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

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