The status of the deadlocked FEC is another crucial factor. Silver, Hasen and John Pudner, executive director of Take Back Our Republic, say the FEC can’t be effective with six commissioners- three from each party- who divide along party lines.
“We’ve got to figure out a way to have someone nonpartisan appointed to break ties,” Pudner says.
Hasen questions whether Trump’s candidacy will have much influence on future campaigns because he’s unique. But Pinkham and Pudner say they expect candidates to follow his emphasis on attracting free news coverage rather than purchasing advertising, especially as people become less inclined to watch TV commercials.
‘They’re all taking notes, ” Pudner says of campaign consultants. “They are always looking at what’s working.”
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