FEC eyes let­ting cam­paigns fund secu­ri­ty after 8,000 threats last year

FEC eyes letting campaigns fund security after 8,000 threats last year

High­light­ing an increas­ing wave of threats against fed­er­al can­di­dates for pub­lic office, the Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion has opened the door to allow­ing cam­paigns to fund secu­ri­ty with donor con­tri­bu­tions.
In a brief state­ment, the FEC said Tues­day that it will be seek­ing com­ments over the next two months on a pro­pos­al to allow for “rea­son­able costs” of can­di­date secu­ri­ty.
The cam­paign finance watch­dog agency said it has allowed spe­cial case fund­ing for secu­ri­ty but would now like to approve a for­mal rule allow­ing spend­ing for “non-struc­tur­al secu­ri­ty devices; struc­tur­al secu­ri­ty devices; pro­fes­sion­al secu­ri­ty per­son­nel and ser­vices; and cyber­se­cu­ri­ty soft­ware, devices and ser­vices.”
FEC Chair­man Sean Cook­sey told Secrets that the rise in threats against can­di­dates is dri­ving the move.
Ear­li­er this year, the Capi­tol Police report­ed it received 8,008 claims of threats in 2023, a huge jump from the 906 in 2016. Elec­tion years have seen big gro …