THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (McAllen, Texas) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release February 9, 2000
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES DANNY LEE MCDONALD AND BRADLEY A. SMITH AS
COMMISSIONERS OF THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION
The President today announced his intent to nominate Danny Lee McDonald and Bradley A. Smith to serve as Commissioners on the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
Mr. Danny Lee McDonald, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was first appointed to the Federal Election Commission in 1981, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July, 1982. He served as Chairman in 1983, 1989, and 1995, and as Vice Chairman in 1982, 1988, and 1994. Prior to Mr. McDonald's initial appointment, he served in several positions as General Administrator of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, and Secretary as well as Chief Clerk of the Tulsa County Election Board. Mr. McDonald was also a member of the Advisory Panel to the FEC's National Clearinghouse on Election Administration. He received a B.A. degree from Oklahoma State University and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Mr. Bradley A. Smith, of Columbus, Ohio, is currently a Professor at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. From 1996 to 1999, he served as an Associate Professor, from 1994 to 1996 as an Assistant Professor, and from 1993 to 1994 as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Mr. Smith was of counsel to the private Columbus law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease from 1993 to 1995 and an Associate from 1990 to 1993. He is the author of numerous articles, reports, and publications on the subject of election reform. Mr. Smith received a B.A. degree in Political Science and Economics from Kalamazoo College and a J.D. degree from Harvard University.
The Federal Election Commission is responsible for the administration of the Federal Elections Campaign Act. This includes federal campaign disclosure requirements, contribution and expenditures limitations, and public financing of Presidential nominating conventions and elections. The FEC has exclusive jurisdiction with respect to civil enforcement of the Act's provisions.