Via Ed at Vote Law: Nomination hearings for Hans A. von Spakovsky for a possible six-year term on the Federal Electoral Commission could be contentious. Ed quotes a WashPost story:
Voting rights activists and campaign finance watchdogs are urging lawmakers to take a stand against von Spakovsky’s nomination. “He failed to understand his role was not to be a representative of the Republican Party,” said Joseph Rich, a former voting section chief who worked under von Spakovsky, who was then counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights.
Spakovsky currently serves on the FEC, having been the beneficiary of one of those archaic provisions in the US constitution: the one allowing recess appointments. (I discussed recess appointments in the context of the Amtrak board a year and a half ago.)