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Responsive Documents (3/7/11 FOIA) - CREW: FEC: Regarding FEC Commissioners' Communications: 6/23/2011 - FOIA 2011-30 - Part 5

Responsive Documents (3/7/11 FOIA) - CREW: FEC: Regarding FEC Commissioners' Communications: 6/23/2011 - FOIA 2011-30 - Part 5

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On March 7th, 2011, CREW filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) seeking records that will shed light on communications three commissioners had with parties outside of the FEC. FEC rules forbid commissioners from engaging in ex parte communications – private communications with parties with business before the commission, such as enforcement actions, audits, advisory opinions, rulemaking proceedings, and lawsuits. Any time a commissioner receives an ex parte communication, he or she is required to deliver it to an FEC ethics officer, or write a statement describing the communication if it is oral.
On March 7th, 2011, CREW filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) seeking records that will shed light on communications three commissioners had with parties outside of the FEC. FEC rules forbid commissioners from engaging in ex parte communications – private communications with parties with business before the commission, such as enforcement actions, audits, advisory opinions, rulemaking proceedings, and lawsuits. Any time a commissioner receives an ex parte communication, he or she is required to deliver it to an FEC ethics officer, or write a statement describing the communication if it is oral.

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FOIA 2011-30 5-1
"SteveHoersting"
<shoersting@campaignfreed
om.org>
Sent by:07/11/2008 12:31
PM
To MPetersen@fec.govcc
bee
Subject
Re:
Congratulations, Commissioner!
Your welcome, Matt. BTW, that is "executive assistantS," plural.The only advice I gave Don was to:
1)
Never underestimate the staff, OGC
--even
if
they are a new crop. The 6th and 4th floorsalways try to roll Commissioners; never doubt this. And every dog will have his day
...
2) When deciding whether to hire a good secretary (SA), or hire more legal talent (EAs), hire themore legal talent and make them do the secretarial duties you require. Republican Commissionoffices (and the Sandstrom office
of
yore) are essentially defense counsel to the prosecutors thatare the 6th floor
of
the FEC. You will need all
of
the legal horsepower you can hire.An added bit
of
advice to you.Pre-meeting caucuses (usually Monday afternoons) are a good thing. They can cramp one'sschedule, but, on the whole, they are beneficial.Oh, and make sure your office is getting enough copies
of
everything
(1
green, 1 yellow forenforcement matters; two blue for policy matters) so the EA handling, say, enforcement gets adocument as soon as you do.Good luck. I have no recommendations for EA. In this job, you want an ideologue, not Gust) apartisan. Knowing D from R is good at the end
of
the day, but it gives you NO ammo whereyou'll need it most: at the dais._ _ _ Some
of
it justwon't make any sense, and will have little or no basis in the statute. Don't let it happen to you.Hire lawyers as EAs, one's who put law above partisanship.SteveOn Thu,
JuliO,
2008 at
8:41PM,
<MPetersen@fec.gov> wrote:
Thanks, Steve.
 
FOIA 2011-30 5-2
By the way,
if
you have any recommendations regarding anyone you think would make a good executive assistant,please let me know.Talk to you soon.-----Original Message -----
From:
"Steve Hoersting" [shoersting@campaignfreedom.org]
Sent: 07/10/2008 07:03PM
ASTTo: Matthew Petersen
Subject:
Congratulations, Commissioner!
Steve HoerstingVice PresidentCENTER
FOR
COMPETITIVE POLITICS124 West Street SouthSuite 201Alexandria, Virginia 22314SHoersting@campaignfreedom.orgwww.campaignfreedom.org(703) 894-6800 phone
Steve
Hoersting
Vice PresidentCENTER
FOR
COMPETITIVE POLITICS124 West Street SouthSuite 201Alexandria, Virginia 22314SHoersting@campaignfreedom.orgwww.campaignfreedom.org(703) 894-6800 phone
 
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FOIA 2011-30 5-3
Kirk,
Matthew S Petersen/FEC/US07/09/2008
09:17PM
To "Kirk Jowers" <KLJ@capdale.com>cc
bee
Subject
Re:FW:
Resume and Follow
Up~
Thanks for re-sending resume. What can you tell me about him? Would he be an easy person to work with?And
do
you think his substantive knowledge
is
sufficient to enable him to hit the ground running?Talk to you soon.Matt-----Original Message -----
From:
"Kirk Jowers" [KLJ@Capdale.com]
Sent: 07/09/2008 08:31PM
ASTTo: Matthew Petersen
Subject:
FW: FW: Resume and Follow Up
Hi
Matt:Thank you for agreeing to speak to our interns
on
July 17th. I am really looking forward to seeing youagain!I sent youThanks,Kirk
From:
resume earlier and his email prompted me to follow-up.
Sent:
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 6:33
PM
To:
Kirk Jowers
Subject:
Re:
FW:
Resume and Follow
Up
July
8,
Kirk,I checked Thomas today and noticed that both Don
&
Matt were confirmed by the Senate on June 24th.Have you heard anything from them in regard to my resume?

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